How to Kick-start your Career in Finance as a Woman. Check out Girls Who Invest!

For those of you who are interested in Finance, maybe you have noticed that this is a largely male-dominated field. Have you ever thought that there is a support group out there that seeks to empower and prepare young women with necessary knowledge and skills for a career in Finance? We have good news for you – Girls Who Invest (GWI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry by having 30% of the world’s investable capital managed by women by 2030. 

So why does this matter to you? 

For one, being a woman in finance can be challenging, especially as you progress in your career. So having a support system from a community of inspiring and outstanding women in the field who can be there for you along the way is a major benefit.

But here’s the kicker. Girls Who Invest offers 2 programs – Summer Intensive Program (SIP) and Online Intensive Program (OIP) – that will prepare you with a solid foundation to begin your career in finance. 

The first program for college sophomores consists of four weeks of academic instruction followed by seven weeks of a paid internship at a leading investment firm. This intensive and immersive program is an incredible opportunity to explore a career in finance and investment as part of a supportive community. 

The OIP program for college freshmen and sophomores is a self-guided learning experience that allows students to learn core finance and investment concepts while participating in an independent internship or summer job concurrently. Students in this program can earn a certificate from Girls Who Invest as well as certificates from their educational partners, CFA Institute, Wall Street Prep and Wharton Online.  

If this gets you excited about starting your journey in finance, don’t forget to check out their website and start your application as soon as possible. The deadline for the program this year is November 1, 2022. 

Finally, here’s a bonus. This coming Thursday, October 6, 2022, we are having an informational session about these programs and the application process with a Denison GWI campus ambassador and a GWI 2022 scholar, Thao Pham, in Shepardson College Room at 3pm. Link to register here. Be sure you take advantage of this opportunity and get those applications in!

By Thao Pham
Thao Pham Peer Career Fellow: Technology, Data and Science and Financial Services, Consulting and Business