A bespoke secondment internship targeted at those working for policy/regulatory authorities in the domain of fintech regulation and/or regulatory innovation.

Three to 12 months

Time commitment:
15-35 hours/week


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The programme

The Fintech Regulatory Innovation Secondment Programme is offered to those whose field of profession is in fintech or regulation innovation, financial regulation, central bank or other relevant policy/regulatory authority, including being in change in the creation and implementation of regulatory frameworks.

The secondment is primarily for those who want to work with an experienced team to aid them in the specialisation on regulatory innovation and fintech regulation.

We create research focused on supporting regulators to navigate the changing environment of digital financial services and fintech, as well in understanding their efforts for regulatory transformation through innovation. Priority will be given to regulators who undertook the Cambridge Centre For Alternative Finance’s Cambridge Fintech and Regulatory Innovation programme.

The secondment is ideally a six to 12 month engagement for successful candidates to fully immerse themselves in the on-going research projects and gain the most of what the programme has to offer in terms of experience, learning and skills as well as flexibility with respect to duration.

The Fintech Regulatory Innovation Secondment is remote and open to applicants from any geographical location.

The role

You will work with the regulatory innovation team. The team is responsible for delivering research on regulatory innovation, working closely with regulators across the world. The team is also responsible to engaging with regulators in the existing forum, the regulatory knowledge exchange. We value the experience of regulators and during the secondment the person will see regulatory responses to fintech in other jurisdictions globally.

Main responsibilities


A key focus of our team is regulatory innovation research:

  • Identifying regulatory frameworks and regulatory innovation initiatives.
  • Ensuring our regulatory database of existing frameworks in 53 jurisdictions is up to date.
  • Expanding the regulatory database with more jurisdictions and/or fintech verticals.
  • Drafting surveys for regulators.
  • Engaging with specific parts of the data and literature and writing reports under supervision.
Liaison and communication
  • Sharing of expert knowledge.
  • Stakeholder management (maintaining existing relationships).
  • Partner outreach (eg regulators and multinational organizations, individual experts and contributors).
  • Disseminating information on the Regulatory Knowledge Exchange platform.
  • Ensuring delivery of survey to regulators.


While seconded with us you:

  • will gain practical research experience and insights into the inner workings of a leading research institute
  • learn on the current challenges facing regulators and the global trends in terms of regulatory innovation initiatives.
  • will work with a world-leading research institute and have access to the knowledge sharing sessions with peers and experts from the Centre
  • might be invited to be co-authors of research papers.
  • will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the secondment to accelerate your career in digital assets by enhancing your CV.

As a team we have created a range of publications including:

About you

We are a diverse team, which a range of characteristics, but we value the following qualities, skills and attributes.  In addition to our simple application form you are asked to provide a CV and cover letter demonstrating how your own experience meets these requirements. 

Essential characteristics

  • Experience in fintech, financial services regulation and/or regulatory innovation.
  • Direct experience of working with/for a financial regulator/central bank/relevant authority.
  • Bachelors, Masters or PhD with a background preferably in law, finance, economics, or social sciences.
  • Driven and committed, demonstrating initiative, self-motivation, and eagerness to familiarize with new concepts.
  • Excellent time management and planning skills with a commitment to deliver and being held accountable.
  • Ability to work independently as well as being part of an interdisciplinary team in a collaborative project. 

Desirable characteristics

  • Experience in conducting desk research, content analysis, data curation, user experience, and stakeholder management.
  • Strong writing and communication skills (English); able to organise ideas logically and effectively, while clearly communicating those that are interesting and important to specific underlying research-related topics.
  • Coding and development or quantitative data analysis skills are not required for this position, although there may be opportunities to utilise them.

Application timelines

There are two cohorts for the internship each year:

Summer cohort

Applications accepted:
1 December to 30 May

Interviews & decisions:


Winter cohort

Applications accepted:
1 June to 30 November

Interviews & decisions:


Ready to apply?

If you meet the criteria for this internship we’d love to hear from you.

It is easy to apply you only need to compete two simple steps: