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Private Equity Internship

Who wants to be a deal-maker?

Join us center stage for the opportunity of a lifetime to experience private equity, from deal sourcing to deal closing and value creation, right at the beginning of your career. Be part of our high-performing team, comprised of only A players, working on live deals. 

We don’t give our interns boring jobs like mindless spreadsheet number crunching or tedious slide deck shuffling. We baptize them by fire and keep them fired up throughout the internship. You will join one of our deal teams working on live deals on day one. If this sounds more like Navy SEAL Training than yet another internship, you’re right because it is. But, if this is a challenge you are looking for, we want you to join us in doing deals.

About Backer North Investments

Backer North Investments is a private equity independent sponsor and control buyout investor in founder-led or family-owned businesses. It is focused on the North American mid-market and prefers to invest in Canadian companies.

V. L. "Vlaad" Gajic, Managing Partner & Founder, leads the firm comprised of top-notch professionals. We're based in Toronto, Canada, but our team members work remotely from locations across the U.S. and Canada.

About You

We are looking to recruit humble, sharp, entrepreneurial, and hard-working interns who are hungry for challenges and career growth and eager to learn about new industries and the process of investing in mid-market businesses. The interns will develop skills relevant to a future private equity, investment banking, consulting, or entrepreneurship career.

Role Description

The internship will involve hands-on participation in the core activities of private equity investments. You will learn how to critically evaluate industries and companies as potential acquisition targets, value them, approach potential sellers, complete the acquisition of private businesses, and the many challenges associated with this process.

Role Responsibilities

  • Research and identify attractive industries based on our investment criteria;
  • Develop lists of potential acquisition targets and screen targets for outreach;
  • Identify owners and find their contact information;
  • Prepare letters and emails to reach owners;
  • Review and analyze confidential information provided by potential acquisition targets;
  • Participate in and take notes in phone calls with investors, investment bankers, and business owners;
  • Perform all other duties as a member of the investment team.

Role Requirements

  • Astounding verbal and written communication skills;
  • Grit, resourcefulness, and resilience are a must-have;
  • Highly motivated with a strong interest in private equity, entrepreneurship, or finance;
  • Willingness to elevate the internship to the highest level of importance and to stick with the required weekly time commitment throughout the term;
  • Currently enrolled at or recently graduated from a top-tier graduate or undergraduate business program;
  • Microsoft Excel mastery;
  • Bonus points if you have previous background in consulting, investment banking, or private equity;
  • Additional bonus points if you have CFA, CPA, FRM, or CAIA designation or are a candidate for any of them;
  • Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and grade transcript (unofficial or interim transcripts acceptable) to In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in the internship and what skills you aim to develop.
  • Please do not bypass the application channel specified above by sending unsolicited texts, emails, phone calls, or meeting invites to our team members!

Position Details and Deadline

  • Title: Private Equity Analyst Intern
  • Term: 3+ months
  • Part-Time or Full-Time: 10-40 hours per week 
  • Work environment: Remote in North America

Interview Process

  • If we decide to invite you to an interview, you will receive an email reply within three business days of submitting your application.
  • The first 40-minute virtual interview is scheduled for the selected candidates within a week after submitting their applications.
  • Candidates who have successfully passed the first round of interviews will be invited for a 90-minute virtual case study, technical, and business interview scheduled with our Managing Partner within two weeks after the first round.
  • For the selected candidates, offers will be issued within three weeks after the second interview. Offers are conditional on background and reference checks and NDA acceptance.
  • The internship start date is within six weeks after application submission or later.

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Please note that the internship is unpaid; however, you can expect significant mentorship from our managing partner and a wealth of exciting experiences that should serve you well in pursuing your private equity or business career.