Students and New Graduates

First Midwest has exciting opportunities for highly motivated students and recent graduates who are looking to develop their skills and broaden their workplace experience to help achieve their career goals.. 

We offer paid internships and full time rotational opportunities within:

  • Commercial Banking
  • Wealth Management
  • Retail Banking
  • Corporate and Operations

Leadership, Exploration and Development (LEAD) Rotational Program

A career in banking can be very rewarding. First Midwest's LEAD program offers an opportunity to experience challenging rotational assignments throughout multiple departments. You'll broaden your knowledge of our culture, better understand how the organization works, and ultimately develop and prepare future leaders for a successful career.

LEAD | Leadership, Exploration and DevelopmentOur LEAD program is an 18-24 month commitment. Participants will be exposed to First Midwest's products, services and processes, while simultaneously making valuable contributions in preparation for a career opportunity in their respective track.

Upon successful completion of the program, potential placement includes a variety of professional roles in the analytical, sales, and client services areas. 

Structured development opportunities include:

  • Induction training and professional development courses providing the foundational knowledge necessary to prepare you for rotational experiences
  • Cross-functional work experience through a series of rotations
  • Learning and development opportunities, including technical training which will help you throughout your career
  • Exposure to bank executives and leadership throughout the organization
  • Completion of a Business Project with performance feedback
  • Mentoring activities
  • Community service and teambuilding activities

What we look for:

  • Bachelor's degree in a discipline which coincides with the line of business requirements
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • Geographically mobile, to travel during the duration of the program
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and think creatively about business challenges
  • Self-starter involved in extra-curricular, community or university sponsored organizations – prior internship experience strongly preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Driven and motivated through demonstrated teamwork and leadership ability
  • Additional requirements specific to line of business

Summer Internship

Our Summer Internship Program provides a valuable professional and practical experience in financial services. From the moment you become a First Midwest colleague, you will be a vital member of the team. Your focus will be on meaningful work assignments and gain insights into our culture and business.

Throughout the 10-week program, you will participate in relevant technical training and other development courses. You will work closely with colleagues to meet the business objectives and priorities defined by your specific line of business.

Structured development opportunities include:

  • Completing projects specific to the assigned line of business
  • Learning and development opportunities, including professional and technical training which will help you throughout your career
  • Formal assessments 
  • Mentoring activities
  • Informational sessions with bank executives
  • Opportunities to build your social network with executives, employees, and fellow interns
  • Opportunity to interview for the full time Rotational Development Program at the conclusion of the internship

What we look for:

  • Currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in a discipline which coincides with the line of business requirements
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • Must be in Junior or Senior standing at the time of internship
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and think creatively about business challenges
  • Self-starter involved in extra-curricular, community or university sponsored organizations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Driven and motivated through demonstrated teamwork and leadership ability

What Sets Us Apart

As banks become increasingly impersonal, First Midwest Bank stands for something different – a commitment. A personal commitment to the clients we serve, the communities where we work and live, and the relationships that have always been our most precious asset. We're the bank behind scores of local school districts, hospitals, and libraries.

Our Mission Statement is built on creating value over a lifetime. That mission applies not only to our clients and the communities we serve, but to our employees as well. 

In the end, we are personally committed to our clients, our communities, and the belief that our own success depends on understanding the people behind the numbers.

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