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Analytics & Technology Internship Programme

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The programme

This programme launched in 2018 aims to support students pursuing their career in the area of financial technology with practical projects and skills. It is suitable for students who have an interest in this area of finance with strong technical skills or who wish to further explore the work in a research environment. The work will be based in Cambridge Alternative Finance (CCAF), in Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. 

Responsibilities and skills

Stream one: Database Design and Data Analytics

This area of work includes the relational database design and querying of data, as well as the data cleaning and big data analysis. Minimum required skill is SQL and advanced excel (pivot tables, multiple functions and lists, etc.). Other knowledge about Cloud technologies, big data systems, programming languages, JSON and data visualisation is desirable.

Stream two: Quantitative Finance

This area of work includes the establishing simulation models and time-series data analysis using programming languages. Minimum required skill is familiarity with at least one widely-used programming languages (R, Python, etc.). Experience with additional programming languages, big data analysis and machine learning is desirable.

Stream three: Machine Learning

This area of work includes the establishing models and feature data analysis using programming languages. Minimum required skill is familiarity with at least one widely-used programming languages (R, Python, etc.). Experience with additional programming languages, natural language processing and quantitative finance analytics is desirable. 

Requirements and qualifications

  • Working full-time in Cambridge for minimum two months, maximum six months.
  • Either current students or recent graduates with a science or engineering background.
  • Achieving at least a UK 2:1 degree (or equivalent).
  • Ability to work towards delivery deadlines, quick learner, be self-motivated and make a positive contribution to teamwork.

Benefits

  • Selected candidates will be paid around £800-£1000 per month per student depending on skills, degree and experiences. PhD students who are specialised in the listed streams may receive £1200-£1500 per month per student depending on the projects.
  • You will work with a world-leading research institute and experts in the alternative finance, and the Centre’s network influential collaborative partners across the world.
  • Candidates may be invited to join as co-authors of research papers intended for peer-reviewed publications or of the research reports published by the Centre.

About the Centre

The CCAF is a research centre established within Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. The CCAF is dedicated to the study of alternative finance, which includes technology-enabled financial channels and instruments that have the emerged outside of traditional banking and capital markets systems. 

The CCAF is an internationally renowned centre of excellence, noted for its pioneering research in alternative finance across the four broad research streams—online finance channels, credit analytics with new forms of data, payment systems and regulation and policy.

The CCAF has collaborated widely with many public and private sector institutions such as the FCA, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, FSD Africa and the European Commission for example. The CCAF houses the world’s largest data depository for online alternative finance, which will be utilised to compile the Cambridge-World Bank Global Alternative Finance Market Volume Ranking. The Centre has also been widely cited by numerous regulatory and policymaking bodies for its renowned regional Cambridge Alternative Finance Benchmarking Studies.

Further details on the CCAF’s academic, policy and industry impact can be found via the links below:

View CCAF's full list of freely available reports

View a selection of policy-relevant projects or partnerships

View a selection of citations by national and international policymaking bodies

View some of the Centre's news and media coverage

 

Applications

Please indicate the research stream that you wish to focus on during the application, and indicate whether you wish to be considered with Global Internship Programme of volunteer-based work if not selected by this programme. You will need to submit a CV and covering letter with your application.

Apply for the internship

Deadline for applications

Summer internship (Jul-Sep): 17 June 2018 at 23:59 GMT+1

Off-cycle internship: end of September and January

Applications

Please indicate the research stream that you wish to focus on during the application, and indicate whether you wish to be considered with Global Internship Programme of volunteer-based work if not selected by this programme. You will need to submit a CV and covering letter with your application.

Apply for the internship

Deadline for applications

Upcoming off-cycle internship: 30 September 2018 at 23:59 GMT+1*

* Next off-cycle internship deadline will be in January 2019

Queries

For the questions of this programme, please contact the lead of this programme Dr Rui Hao:

Contact Dr Hao

For other general queries and Global Internship Programme, please contact the Centre:

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