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Intern – Center for Financial Markets (paid)

Location: Washington, D.C.

FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt, Temporary

About the Center for Financial Markets

The Center for Financial Markets is a part of the Milken Institute, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. We do this through independent, data-driven research, action-oriented meetings and meaningful policy initiatives. More specifically, CFM promotes financial market understanding and works to expand access to capital, strengthen—and deepen—financial markets, and develop innovative financial solutions to the most pressing global challenges.

About the Internship

Over a 6-12 month period, the intern will assist CFM senior staff at CFM on a number of projects, ranging from researching financial markets in frontier economies in East Africa and Southeast Asia to developing financial literacy educational material for undergraduate students in the United States. The intern will also assist in organizing datasets, managing lists of stakeholders, planning for convenings with policymakers and financial experts, and completing routine administrative tasks. The intern will be expected to spend 15-20 hours per week in-person in CFM’s Washington, DC, office and will be paid an hourly rate.

We’re looking for students or young professionals who are:

  • Analytical, creative and rigorous thinkers: You are a detail-oriented and flexible problem solver. You can synthesize diverse streams of information and switch comfortably between academic and real-world thinking.
  • Roll-up-your-sleeves executers: You are comfortable with engaging in new and nebulous projects.  Comfortable with proposing an approach upfront while constantly refining along the way.
  • Team players: You collaborate well with multidisciplinary teams, comfortably taking leadership when necessary as well as following directions.

Reporting Relationship/Scope

The Intern will be a member of the Center for Financial Markets (CFM) and report to the Associate Director and work closely with CFM staff as well as the larger Milken Institute.


  • Graduate student pursuing – or recent graduate with – an advanced degree in finance, economics, statistics, international relations (with an international development focus), public policy or public administration, or a related concentration.
  • Background in one more of the following: capital markets, commercial or investment banking, financial market supervisory policy, infrastructure, economic development, fintech, international aid agencies or development banks, or similar fields.
  • Experience working in multicultural environments and with international organizations.
  • Authorized to work in the United States of America.
  • Located in the Washington, DC, area for the majority of the internship term.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume using our online application. Applicants will be assessed on a rolling basis.