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Kelley Gives Students the Insider’s Perspective

Eric Derheimer BS'04

Associate, The Carlyle Group

New York City
Eric Derheimer

“Kelley students and graduates always try to help each other out. Employers recognize our ability to work as a team.”

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When Eric Derheimer went to New York City on an Investment Banking Workshop field trip as an undergraduate student, he knew he had found the right career. He was introduced to Kelley alumni and got an insider’s glimpse of how the financial field operates. Now, only a few years later, he’s an associate on The Carlyle Group’s U.S. Buyout team in New York City. Kelley’s Investment Banking Workshop, which he joined during his junior year, gave him the edge he needed to get there.

The Investment Banking Workshop gave Derheimer confidence, and the connections he made with IU graduates helped him land his first job after graduating. “The workshop is unmatched by other undergraduate programs,” he says. “It’s a great program that’s raising the profile of the Kelley finance department.”

The accounting and finance curriculum at Kelley prepared Derheimer for his current job, where he is responsible for several aspects of private equity, from researching an investment idea to working with the managers of companies in his group’s portfolio. Before he joined Carlyle, he worked with mergers and acquisitions at UBS Investment Bank. Kelley’s curriculum taught him to work as part of a team, an important factor in his success. “This skill was emphasized at Kelley,” he says, “and it’s a necessity in my day-to-day career.”

Derheimer was sure his decision to attend Kelley was the right one after he was accepted to the Kelley Scholar program as a high school senior. The program gave him the chance to meet regularly with professors and become close to his class of about 12 scholars. Derheimer still keeps in touch with his classmates and reaches out to younger Kelley Scholar graduates who have just settled in New York. “Kelley students and graduates always try to help each other out,” he says. “Employers recognize our ability to work as a team.”

In Brief

Advice for students: “Always look to the IU network for help or advice with your professional development. No matter what an undergrad is looking to do, there is certain to be an IU alum who will help.”

Best Kelley moment: “Coming to New York City for the first time with the Investment Banking Workshop and navigating through the city and all of the banker presentations was a really fun experience. I had a lot to learn."

What I miss about Bloomington: “I was a Little 500 rider, so I miss the wide-open spaces. I also miss having all my friends in one town. And the cheap prices.”

Favorite Bloomington restaurants: Dagwood’s, Kilroy’s, Janko’s Little Zagreb

Published April 14, 2011