World's Top Employers for New Grads

For an exclusive CNNMoney list, research firm Universum Global surveyed college students around the world to see where they most want to work.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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  • Rank among business students: 17
  • Rank (engineering students): N.A.

Headquarters: Charlotte, NC
No. of employees: 242,000

What makes it great: The financial services heavyweight recently reached a $16.65 billion settlement -- the biggest in history -- with the Justice Department, which had accused the bank of misleading buyers of mortage-backed securities.

But the bank keeps growing -- in fact, its hiring of new grads jumped 40% this year.

Employees "have the opportunity to move across different businesses and have a long-term career here," says Sandra Hurse, head of of junior talent for Global Banking & Markets. And with offices in 40 countries, the bank offers a chance for a truly international career.

What they're looking for: Banking is a "relationship business" that requires diverse experience and a track record of excellence, Hurse says. Bank of America's internship program is a great gateway for students interested in investment banking, sales and trading, corporate credit and other fields.

  @CNNMoney - Last updated September 25 2014 10:21 AM ET

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Think of it as a popularity contest for companies: Every year research firm Universum Global ranks the most desirable employers, based on where undergraduate students around the world say they'd most like to work after graduation. More

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