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Office of Investments Internship

Smithsonian Office of Investments (OI)

An internship with the Office of Investments is an opportunity for students with a passion for and curiosity in institutional investment management to gain practical skills and experience. The program offers a full-time summer program in our Washington, DC office.

The Office of Investments (OI) manages investments and is responsible for the growth, safety, and integrity of the Institution’s financial assets. The Chief Investment Officer provides advice to senior management and unit managers on a range of financial issues, including the investment and management of the Institution’s resources.

The Smithsonian Institution has a $1.3 billion Endowment that hires external investment managers to invest in diverse asset classes and strategies that include global equity, fixed income, hedge funds, private equity and real assets. The working capital fund is invested in high grade fixed income securities.

Learning objectives for interns include:

  • Understand OI’s day-to-day procedures through involvement in administrative and clerical tasks
  • Gain basic knowledge about asset classes as well as the Institution’s investment management process
  • Hone research and analytical skills by assisting with various research projects (gathering data, summarizing information, using Bloomberg, preparing synopses for review by staff, etc.)
  • Strengthen written and oral skills through presentations, reports and correspondence

Desired Qualifications:

Undergraduate juniors or seniors studying business, economics, mathematics or related field. Other majors welcome to apply. Must be organized, detail-oriented, have strong quantitative/analytical skills, and be proficient in Excel.

Term(s):
Summer internships are anticipated to begin on the first Monday in June and end in mid-August. Hours are full-time (40 hours/week) for 10 weeks.

Stipend:
$3,000/term for 40 hours/week.

Deadline(s):
Applications for summer program should be submitted by Friday, February 19, 2016.

Contact Information: Helena Hong, HongH@si.edu, (phone) 202-633-4719; (fax) 202-312-1969

Apply Through: SOLAA

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