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Fatimah Alqatani

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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PhD, University of Warwick

“My research focuses on crowdfunding in Saudi Arabia, so I emailed the CCAF to see if I could contribute towards their Middle-East Alternative Finance Study. 

“I joined the Centre in May 2016 and found the team members to be collaborative, motivated and well-organised. I enjoyed contacting and networking with many platforms which helped me to enrich my understanding of crowdfunding in the Middle-East. Learning was one of my key objectives when I joined the CCAF and it was successfully achieved via the online weekly group meetings where many subjects were discussed.”

Giulia Angelozzi, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Giulia Angelozzi

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Law, fifth year, Roma Tre University in Rome

" I have chosen to collaborate with the Centre for Alternative Finance since the University of Cambridge is the most important university in the European landscape that studies new forms of financial activities such as alternative finance.

It was a pleasure for me to be part of the team since I had a direct contact with the world of alternative finance."

Jill Carlson, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Jill Carlson

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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MSc Global Governance, University of Oxford, Capital Controls and Cryptocurrency; BA Classics, Harvard University

"The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance combines the academic rigour of one of the world's most distinguished research universities with the innovative mindset of the start-up world. Working with the CCAF has offered me access to leaders in the fields of finance, business, and technology, and has enabled me to approach my research and my career more critically. It has been a privilege to work on initiatives that are driving the future of finance at an institution that is part of the wider University of Cambridge community that has seen and driven so much change throughout the centuries."

Pranjal Chokhani, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Pranjal Chokhani

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Chemical Engineering, fourth year, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

"My motivation to work with the Centre was to get some exposure to the world of alternative finance. And much like I expected, the bench-marking survey has been an incredible avenue to learn about crowdfunding and the future it entails. Our mentor's faith in us was extremely encouraging and I greatly appreciated the independence we were given. Also, getting to interact and work with such a diverse team is an experience I value very highly." 

Andrés Escobar, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Andrés Escobar

2016 Summer Research Associate

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Master of Finance, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

"I decided to join the Centre for Alternative Finance because it allows me to interact first-hand with the market players; to identify the current trends and to be part of an outstanding multidisciplinary team which works unsparingly to produce meaningful insights to strengthen the evolving industry".

Di Hu, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Di Hu

2016 Summer Research Associate

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Engineering, PhD, University of Cambridge

"I have a strong interest in alternative finance and want to use my engineering skills, such as data mining and data analysis, in the finance area. During my time at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, I was the Research Application Manager for the China-UK collaboration project between the University of Cambridge, Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

"This experience has allowed me to have a deeper understanding of alternative finance and how to apply my data skills into finance to complete deeper analysis."

Kshitij Jain, CCAF Summer Research Assistant

Kshitij Jain

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Mechanical Engineering Graduate, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

"I've always been intrigued by the world of finance and how it has evolved over the years. This internship with CCAF was an opportunity for me to get acquainted with what the thought-leaders consider to be the next generation of finance - P2P lending, crowdfunding and cryptocurrencies. Getting to know about the innovative models and platforms that enthusiasts around the world have set up in this space was a motivating learning experience.

"The best part of the programme for me was that it inspired discussions and debates within our team about the future prospects of alternative finance, especially against the immense traditional banking system. Our mentor was a great moderator and ensured all of us were constantly challenged and learning throughout."

Alexander James, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Alexander James

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Economics and Finance with European Study, third year, Exeter University

"I applied to join the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance to satisfy my curiosity about the nascent alternative finance sector. Having worked for equity based crowdfunding platforms in both the UK and France I had a reasonable grasp of this business model, however I was intrigued to further my understanding of other forms of alternative finance such as peer-to-peer lending, invoice trading, and in particular cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

"Working at the Centre was a genuine pleasure. The core team, based in Cambridge, are brilliant and diverse and I enjoyed coordinating with a number of other interns located around the world. My experience concluded with the CCAF annual conference where I felt privileged to listen to thought leaders in the space debate the future and direction of the industry."

Usman Javed, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Usman Javed

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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MPhil Technology Policy, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

"I wanted to develop my understanding of the financial channels and instruments that operate outside the traditional financial systems and as the leading interdisciplinary research institute, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance is a fantastic place to do just that.

"The best thing about the Centre is its work ethos. The researchers and fellows are all very talented and working on cutting-edge research but they are also very approachable and fun to work with. That's what makes working at the Centre such a good learning opportunity."

Harshal Kavishwar, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Harshal Kavishwar

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, fourth year, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

"The CCAF internship gave me an opportunity to enhance my knowledge in alternative finance, gain international exposure and provided a stepping stone to pursue my career in the field of finance.

"The whole internship experience was very enriching and has helped increase my value for future endeavours. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekly webinars and discussions on the various topics connected to alternative finance."

Omair Khalid, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Omair Khalid

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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MPhil Technology Policy, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

"The opportunity to study how fintech companies around the world work attracted me towards collaborating with Cambridge Centre of Alternative Finance.

"I found the experience and learning opportunities within the CCAF to be very exciting."

Geetika Khurana, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Geetika Khurana

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Finance and Commerce, third year, University of Delhi

"CCAF offered me the opportunity to explore and delve deeper into the rapidly advancing and highly volatile alternative finance industry that I have been so curious about. Whilst working with such a premier research institute, I have interacted with a diverse group of individuals, enjoyed the opportunities to build relationships at an international level and above all I have had an enriching learning experience.

"The best part about the CCAF is its broad variety. One day you might be searching for the head of a company’s contact information so that you can have a conversation with them, and the next day you may be preparing for your weekly team presentation or you might be researching data for that report you are working on. It is this progressive and active nature of the Centre that excites you and motivates you to work here"

Piyush Lariya, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Piyush Lariya

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, third year, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay 

"Working at CCAF gave me new insights into the alternative finance industry, its models and various crowdfunding platforms across the globe. The good thing is, in spite of the remote nature of the programme, there was a strong presence of team work. Regular online meetings and presentations helped us to stay involved and motivated to work hard for completing the tasks at hand. Also the internship provided me with many good contacts from my home country and across the world".

Bridget Menyeh, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Bridget Menyeh

2016 Summer Research Associate

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Renewable Energy Economics and Policy, first year PhD, University of Dundee

"My first encounter with the Centre was through its publication on the alternative finance industry in Europe. The publication was a great resource for my PhD research which focusses on how crowdfunding could be leveraged for renewable energy investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. Coincidentally, the Centre had just announced the commencement of the benchmarking study on alternative finance in the Middle East and Africa. I recognised this as an opportunity to learn more about the state of industry in Africa and engage with experts from such a world class centre. 

"I must say the entire experience was enriching and enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the group discussions on our perspectives on the industry and how we see it evolving in light of current trends. Also, the diversity in the team made engagements so worthwhile. In short, I look forward to doing this again."

Aditya Prasad, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Aditya Prasad

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Law, fifth year, WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

"Exploring the interaction between law and economics has led me to analyse the impact of regulation on nascent and fast growing sectors like equity crowdfunding and peer to peer lending. I am keen to understand and, if possible, influence these regulations and legislations that have the power to make or break these fast emerging sectors, especially in developing nations like India.

"Working with a leading research centre like the Cambridge Centre for Alternate Finance has provided me with tremendous exposure and learning in this endeavour."

Vyom Shrivastava, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Vyom Shrivastava

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Mechanical Engineering, third year, at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

"An internship at CCAF gives you an opportunity to obtain and analyse first-hand information. It has definitely brought me one step closer to being an expert of one of the fastest growing industries. 

"The best thing is that the nature of the work done here makes you a torch bearer for the greatly varying alternative finance industry, as the report reveals and predicts the twists and turns of the evolving financial landscape."

* Start and end dates of the internship are flexible. The CCAF will co-ordinate with candidates to develop a bespoke programme to accommodate individual requirements. 

Winter internships: Jan- Apr*
Summer internships: Jun- Sep*

We are now recruiting for 2017 internships. If you would like to be considered for the next programme intake please send us the following by 30 April:

  • A cover letter (max. 300 words) detailing why you would make a successful candidate and a good addition to the Centre and team. Please highlight any particular skills that set you apart from other candidates eg relevant languages, design skills, client interaction etc.
  • An academic reference letter
  • Two separate writing samples (max. 2000 words each. These can be pieces of work you have previously submitted and had assessed).
Please ensure that each of the above documents includes your surname as the file name (eg Chang-coverletter.doc) to assist collation.

Email Kate Belger
Working with a leading research centre like the Cambridge Centre for Alternate Finance has provided me with tremendous exposure and learning in this endeavour.
Aditya, 2016
The best thing about the Centre is its work ethos. The researchers and fellows are all very talented and working on cutting-edge research but they are also very approachable and fun to work with. That's what makes working at the Centre such a good learning opportunity.
Usman, 2016
The whole internship experience was very enriching and has helped increase my value for future endeavours. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekly webinars and discussions on the various topics connected to alternative finance.
Harshal, 2016