Vice President – Investment Professional Intern (2024 MBA Graduate)

Who we are
Our Mission

Build winning companies to deliver superior returns to our investors.

Our strategy

Acquire good businesses and partner with management to drive fundamental improvement.

Our values
  • Partnership
  • Passion
  • Discipline
Our core competencies
  • Sourcing
  • People
  • Evaluation
  • Continuous Improvement
Our Firm
  • Lean, collaborative team, working directly with Partners and senior management
  • Successful track record resulting in exciting growth
  • 6 out of 7 current Partners started as associates or Vice Presidents at Sterling
  • Resources Group, comprised of subject matter experts in Human Capital, Operations, Commercial, Strategy, Technology, and M&A, are members of deal teams and help drive improvements at portfolio companies
  • Hands on investing model resulting in deep engagement with our portfolio companies
Our Culture
  • We believe in long term partnership and collaboration
  • Relentless, firm-wide commitment to continuous improvement
  • We say "we" more than "I"
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Passionate about building winning businesses

The Sterling Group is an operationally focused middle market firm targeted at the industrial sector. Founded in 1982, Sterling is one of the longest standing private equity firms in North America.  Today the firm has $5.0 billion in assets under management. Over 70% of realized returns have been driven by organic EBITDA growth as opposed to financial engineering, a result of Sterling’s operational investing style. Sterling’s investor base is comprised by some of the largest and most respected global institutional investors

The Sterling Group is seeking a 1st year MBA student to join our team of investment professionals as an intern for summer 2023. This program is open to students currently working towards an MBA who have undertaken their first year of study. Must be available for 10 weeks from June to August.

Investment Professional Summer Internship – About the Program

The intern is given all the opportunities and responsibilities of a full time employee. Over the 10 week program you will be given the opportunity to work with and learn from very talented professionals. Work with our companies, screen new investment opportunities and participate in due diligence efforts.

The intern will take part in a firm-wide orientation where you’ll learn about our culture, as well as the benefits and responsibilities of being a member of The Sterling Group. You will learn about the Sterling investment lifecycle including investment thesis development, deal evaluation, diligence, transaction execution, strategy development, key value creation initiatives, and exit preparation and execution.

As part of our continuous improvement culture, the intern will receive on-going feedback, as well as a complete review at the end of the 10 weeks program.

Job Responsibilities and Qualifications

Primary job responsibilities will include:

Screen new investment opportunities and support due diligence efforts

Evaluate new transactions and support deal team execution

Collaborate closely with in-house functions such as Human Capital, Sourcing, Strategy, Operations, etc.

Directly engage with negotiating acquisitions and financing documentation

Actively lead internal initiatives and portfolio company improvement efforts

Participate in monthly operational review meetings and quarterly board meetings

Qualifications include:

MBA student in between first and second year of MBA from a top tier university

Prior experience in investment banking, private equity, management consulting, and/or operational experience at a premier industrial company

Experience in manufacturing, distribution, and/or industrial markets

Self-driven personality

Interest in continuous improvement on both personal and company levels

Passion for improving and growing industrial businesses

Military or other significant leadership experiences are valued

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