Morgan Stanley

Frequently Asked Questions

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When will Morgan Stanley be visiting my campus?

The best place to find out when we’ll be on campus is your university’s career services office and our website. Let them know you’re interested in applying and make sure we’re on the upcoming calendar of events. The sooner you start, the better.

What should I do if Morgan Stanley is not visiting my campus?

Visit our website. We have tried to make it as comprehensive as possible so you should get a great deal out of it. It’s also a good idea to use your alumni networks as well as your personal and professional connections to discover more about Morgan Stanley. Then when you feel ready, apply online!

All of the banks seem to offer similar career paths and training. What makes Morgan Stanley different?

It’s the culture and global community of exceptional people who work here that makes Morgan Stanley different. We believe that capital can create positive change in the world and we want everyone at Morgan Stanley to be part of that. To find out for yourself check out some of the profiles we feature.

We also pride ourselves on the comprehensive training and development program we offer our graduates when they join the Firm. Our training programs have an outstanding reputation. Our culture is open, inclusive and inspiring—we’ll help you realize your full potential from the start.

How do I apply for a position at Morgan Stanley?

Submit your application through the Morgan Stanley Careers website. In some regions including North America, we also post positions on your school's career website in addition to posting the roles to our own website. In this case, please be sure that you apply to both postings.

Where do the interviews take place?

It depends on where you are, but most of our interviews will take place either on campus, over the telephone, via videoconference or in person at our offices.

What advice can you give for a successful interview?

Be prepared. Research the industry and the business area you’re interested in. Be knowledgeable and give specific examples on why you would like to work here. Most importantly, be yourself. We’ve compiled a list of helpful tips in our Interview Preparation. Remember, we’re always looking to match the right person with the right job.

When are applications due?

Stay on top of upcoming due dates. Application deadlines are different for Internship and full-time positions and vary by region. You can reference our APPLY NOW section for additional information, as well as your university’s career site. Sometimes changing the world starts with getting your application in on time.

Can I apply to more than one division/region?

Sure, but you’ll be asked about each of the areas and regions you’re applying to. Explore our program descriptions to help determine which areas best suit your interests and background.

What languages skills do I need?

We are looking for people who can communicate effectively in both written and verbal English; fluency in multiple languages is also an advantage, particularly for roles within our regional offices which require additional language skills.

Do I need relevant work experience to apply?

Relevant work experience is not a prerequisite to applying to any of our programs. Our workforce reflects a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences. We’re not just looking for great resumes—we’re looking for great people. 

Can I apply if I am not studying business?

Yes. Diversity makes us stronger. We recruit candidates from across all academic disciplines and encourage applications from students of all backgrounds. Our training programs have been specifically designed to provide you with the necessary toolkit to get you off to a good start regardless of your academic discipline. In some regions, we run a boot camp for non-finance analysts to support them through the financial and technical aspects of the program. We’re looking for people who aren’t afraid to think big.

Can I apply if I require work authorization?

Our workforce features people from around the globe. We believe that diversity and inclusiveness make for a better workforce. Should you require work authorization your application will still be considered. Morgan Stanley is able to apply for work permits on behalf of prospective new hires and any job offer is conditional upon successful completion of that application.

How can I partake in the internship recruiting process if I am studying abroad?

If you are studying abroad and the recruiting process for the division that you are interested in will be taking place while you are away, be sure that you apply online adhering to the application deadline for the job posting in question and be sure to let us know that you will be abroad and during what periods of the academic calendar year. If you are studying abroad during the fall semester, then you will be able to participate in the regular internship recruiting process in the spring. Please note that regional offices' recruiting dates will vary.

Is career mobility an option at Morgan Stanley?

Absolutely. Our talent management programs and initiatives will give you learning opportunities to improve your knowledge and skills. We actively help employees manage their career paths and aspirations. For many, this means having a career stint abroad. The inspiring scope of Morgan Stanley's products, services, and global presence empowers our employees to experience career mobility based on their interests and talents. Let’s create a better tomorrow together.

What ongoing learning opportunities does Morgan Stanley offer?

We have a genuine interest in our employees' professional training and development. We offer ongoing guidance and support throughout your career and have an extensive array of onsite and online classes on subjects such as financial product skills, management leadership, personal effectiveness, and technology. Our greatest asset is our people—we take pride in investing in them.

What kind of work/life programs does Morgan Stanley offer?

Our many work-life programs respond to the diverse needs of our employees. The programs address physical and emotional health, working parent and family concerns, as well as the need for increased flexibility. We want our employees to live full and rewarding lives. For more information about our work-life programs, please click here.

The best way to pursue a job opportunity with Morgan Stanley is by applying through our website.

I have been hearing about recruiting and job offer scams. How can I be sure that my potential career opportunity with Morgan Stanley is genuine?

The best way to pursue a job opportunity with Morgan Stanley is by applying here. Please be wary of internet, email and telephone scams in which fraudsters may try to take advantage of job seekers by pretending to represent prominent companies, including Morgan Stanley. Intended victims may be invited to participate in bogus interviews, asked to fill out fabricated employment applications and, on occasion, have even been issued fake offer letters, all with the ultimate goal of trying to entice victims to pay money or divulge sensitive personal information. Please visit our information page for tips on how to avoid these scams.