Student & Graduates FAQs
For students and recent graduates interested in gaining more work experience, Key offers a variety of options for many different majors. Learn more about the application process and other information below.
- How do I apply?
The best way to apply to opportunities at Key is to search job openings on this site, click "Apply" and complete the application that follows.
- Is there a deadline for applying to campus positions?
There is no strict deadline; however, it is strongly recommended that you apply by October for fall campus recruiting.
- Can existing Key team members sign up for job alerts?
Existing Key team members can visit HR Online and select “Search for Jobs” under the Careers & Development tab. Conduct a search for relevant jobs. Once your search results are generated, click on “Save this search” in the top right corner. This feature will allow you to set up job alerts.
- After applying, what’s the next step?
If you are qualified based on your education, experience, skills and interests, you may receive an email from the recruiter following up with next steps in the application process. After submitting your application, please be sure to check your email regularly. We send updates regarding your application status and next steps via email.
- What does the interview process entail?
The interview process will vary by role. Typically, the interview process will be a series of interviews, which could be conducted by phone, video conferencing or in person. Final interviews are conducted in-person at one of our office locations. Interviewers range from the hiring manager to recruiter or line of business representative.
- How can I prepare for an interview?
To prepare for an upcoming interview, you should spend time researching the company and the role you are pursuing. You should ensure you understand the business need for the role and be able to convey your interest. Be prepared to discuss your background as directed by your resumé. Additionally, reach out to professionals you have met at Key to ask questions about the role and the expectations of our interns.
- I’ve been invited to a super interview day; what is that?
A super interview day is considered a final-round interview for students going through campus recruiting with Key. This is an opportunity for final-round candidates to meet with leaders, program managers and recruiters. Many super interview days consist of multiple rounds of interviewing, but some might also include a case study, a technical interview or a group activity as part of the day. There will likely be multiple candidates interviewing at the same time, and some campus programs might host a dinner or networking event the night before as well. Your recruiter will notify you if you are selected to attend a super interview day. Please ask your recruiter for more details about what the day will entail.
Just for Students
- When do you begin recruiting interns?
We begin intern recruiting in mid- to late August and are on campus through the fall. From there, interviews are typically held toward the end of September through early December. The length of time can vary based on the line of business.
- Do you only recruit from certain schools?
No, we accept resumés from all campuses, but we have a strong campus footprint at select universities. If Key does not attend your school's career fair, we still recruit on your campus and invite you to apply to our internship programs. If you are wondering if Key actively visits your school, please reach out to your career center on campus.
- How long is a Key internship? Where are the internships located?
Key summer internships are 10-12 weeks (depending on the program), beginning in June and ending in August. Most of our internships are located at our headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. A smaller percentage of internships are in our satellite offices and branches in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, etc. The location of the internship is dependent on the line of business representation in the office.
- Does Key offer internship housing or relocation?
No, Key does not provide housing for interns. However, we can recommend locations for interns to rent. We do provide relocation assistance for full-time analysts. This will vary by role and location. Please ask the recruiter for additional details.
- Does Key provide employment visa sponsorship (e.g., H-1B visa)?
Key does not sponsor employment visas for internship positions.
- Am I able to get course credit for my internship?
It is possible to get course credit for your internship if it meets certain requirements, so please contact your program manager or recruiter if you need to discuss this further.
- Does Key hire non-finance majors?
Yes. Key hires interns from all backgrounds and majors beyond finance. Our internship opportunities are open to students of all majors.
- Do your interns get paid?
Key does engage in unpaid internships on a case-by-case basis, but most of our internship positions are paid.
- Can a summer internship lead to a full-time opportunity?
Yes, after successful completion and strong performance of a Key summer internship, you may be offered a full-time role to join Key following graduation.