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FinTech Regulation and Regulatory Innovation Internship Programme

The programme

A bespoke internship targeted at those with specific knowledge or experience in the domain of FinTech regulation and/or regulatory innovation.

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF)

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) is a multi-disciplinary research institute established within Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. The CCAF is an internationally renowned centre of excellence, noted for its pioneering research in alternative finance: its benchmarking and industry reports are widely recognised as one of the most reliable, independent and comprehensive sources of information and market data in crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance. 

More about the Centre

In addition to its industry focus, the Centre has developed leading programmes and initiatives in the regulation of alternative finance. This focuses on providing an evidence-base for policymakers and regulators in order to make more informed decisions on alternative finance/FinTech. The Centre works in collaboration with over 100 regulators, central banks, international standard-setting bodies, and other development partners. This includes the UK Financial Conduct Authority, the Inter-American Development Bank, the OECD, the Asian Development Bank Institute, the UK Department for International Development, and the World Bank.

A small sample of this includes:

  • Regulating Alternative Finance: detailing the global regulatory landscape on alternative finance, and regulatory innovation, in partnership with the World Bank.
  • Crowdfunding in East Africa: identifying key priority regulatory and policy areas to support the market development of crowdfunding in East Africa, in partnership with FSD Africa. 
  • FinTech in Uganda: identifying key priority areas necessary for regulatory and policy development in Uganda to address the challenge of facilitating responsible development of inclusive digital finance, in partnership with FSD Uganda.
  • Cryptoasset Regulation: providing the first global comparative study of cryptoasset regulation, conducted with the support of the Nomura Research Institute.

The CCAF has also developed a leading program on the subject of regulatory innovation, that is regulators innovating in response to financial innovation. This includes leading research on initiatives such as regulatory sandboxes, innovation offices and RegTech. A small sample of this includes:

A small sample of this includes:

Internship focus: FinTech and regulatory innovation

The Centre’s FinTech Regulation and Regulatory Innovation Internship Programme is targeted at those with specific knowledge or experience in the domain of FinTech and/or regulatory innovation. It is especially suitable for those who have direct experience of working with or for a financial regulator on the subject of alternative finance/FinTech, or students pursuing education in this area.

Over the course of the internship, successful candidates will work directly with the regulation team of experts at the CCAF in a dynamic, flexible research centre of excellence. They will support the CCAF’s programmes and initiatives on the regulation of alternative finance, including research, capacity building and education, and the development of digital tools. This will include working with the Centre’s network of influential collaborative partners across the world.

Over the course of the internship, successful candidates will work directly with the regulation team of experts at the CCAF in a dynamic, flexible research centre of excellence. They will support the CCAF’s programmes and initiatives on the regulation of alternative finance, including research, capacity building and education, and the development of digital tools. This will include working with the Centre’s network of influential collaborative partners across the world.

Outputs

The outputs of these will provide key data and insights to inform and enable the work and practice of alternative finance industry, investors, and policymakers and regulators, thereby facilitating market development and effecting evidence-based regulatory change.

Some examples of the work you may be involved with at the Centre include:

  • Undertaking and publishing research which advances the global understanding of how to design and regulate alternative finance/technology-enabled financial innovation.
  • Gathering and disseminating lessons learned and good practices on the regulation of alternative finance activities.
  • Developing and delivering training and education programmes, both online and offline, on the subject of the regulation of technology-enabled financial innovation, in order to support regulatory capacity building in this field.
  • Publicly representing the CCAF in international and regional fora and among key partners, including financial regulators and central banks, international standard setting bodies, government departments, universities, think tanks, and development partners.
  • The opportunity to contribute to influential academic and research papers, as a named author.

The candidate

The ideal candidate will be required to contribute between 10–15 hours a week to the Centre to ensure that they fully immerse themselves in the available research projects and reap the most that the programme has to offer in terms of experience, learning and skills. Each internship lasts a minimum of three months to ensure that you experience the full cycle of a research project – from inception to completion. 

Candidates are expected to be based in either the CCAF’s offices in the UK, or in one of the CCAF’s Collaboration Network locations in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, or the Asia-Pacific region, or work remotely. Our global interns are part of a dynamic team working both in-situ and remotely with the Centre’s core research team and other interns to gain valuable experience and skills.

Applicants that are looking for a longer term secondment may wish to instead apply to the FinTech Regulation and Regulatory Innovation Secondment Programme or register their interest with Philip Rowan.

What experience and skills do I need?

  • Experience in FinTech and/or regulatory innovation.
  • Direct experience of working with/for a financial regulator/central bank/relevant authority ideally in a FinTech unit or function (e.g. innovation office/regulatory sandbox) would be beneficial.
  • Analytical and research skills
  • Effective organisational and project management skills.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Fast learner with intellectual curiosity.
  • Ability to take ownership and deliver on defined projects.
  • Self motivated.
  • Team player.

Coding and development or quantitative data analysis skills are not required for this position, although there may be opportunities to utilise them.

Benefits

  • Selected candidates will be compensated according to individual personal circumstances or approached for longer-term working opportunities with the Centre or its partners. 
  • You will work with a world-leading research institute and experts in alternative finance, as well as the Centre’s network of influential collaborative partners across the world.

Applications

Applications are accepted on a rolling-basis.

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Queries

For the questions of this programme, please contact the Lead of this programme Philip Rowan:

Contact Philip Rowan