Brandeis IBS offers students numerous opportunities to take part in internships during their time at the school. Academic credit can be earned for internships as long as the work is related to your degree, and you sign up for credit prior to starting the internship. No tuition is charged for summer internships for full-time students.
See below for highlights of past internships, and be sure to visit CareerFOCUS for the latest updates on jobs and internships.
Highlights of Past Internships
Nour El Fath Azali, MBA '14
The Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) is initiative from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to reduce the poverty of some of the low income countries. This initiative was supposed to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to be the center piece of all poverty program that were directed towards those countries. It was also a way to make sure that the saving benefited from the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative would be used for some good purposes. The HIPC provoked a lot of critics among which, the fact that the definition of unsustainable debt and heavy debt was too broad and imprecise. Critics came as well against the PRSP, mainly about the fact that most of the strategies papers were not country driven taking into consideration the fact that the strategy paper was one of the primary conditions to get the debt relief. However, the main critic that struck me about the PRSP was about the fact most of the strategies developed by the countries were about public spending on the social sectors. An evaluation from the World Bank reported that it would be interesting to see some countries come up with Growth Policies strategies that would eventually impact positively the poverty. Rwanda and Nicaragua took the path of implementing Growth Policies in order to reduce poverty. Although the results are a bit mitigated, I still would say that they are encouraging. Hence, instead of putting more focus on public spending on the social sectors on the PRSP which has hardly given positive results in the last decades, I would recommend the focus to be on growth policies. I think if efforts are better coordinated and the poverty reduction strategy is sustained in the latter two cases or any country that adopt similar poverty reduction strategy, better outcomes will result.
Rafaella Cuff, MA '12
A recipient of a Bunson Internship Award, Rafaella interned at ProWorld, a cultural preservation and microcredit organization in Bahia, Brazil where she managed loans for multiple clients. “...I was greeted with the kindness and humility of hard-working people in a fast-growing economy,” she said.
Chiengkuach Majok, MA '12
South Sudan became an independent nation a mere 11 days after Chiengkuach's arrival for his summer internship at the US Agency for International Development at the Central Bank of South Sudan. Since then, Chiengkuach helped configure the country’s financial information system and orchestrate a speedy transition to an entirely new currency.
Ana Lobo, MBA '12
Ana worked in Honduras at the Alas de Esperanza Foundation, which receives grants to run orphanages, offer services for migrant workers, and collaborate on social work initiatives with hospitals. “It’s inspiring to see people from different walks of life joining in to make a difference towards a common cause,” Ana said.
Yaniv Jember MA, ’12 and Shuyan Wu, MA ’12 (pictured)
Yaniv and Shuyan received Perlmutter Institute internships at Accenture, an international consulting firm. Yaniv interviewed business leaders to explore the skills required to go global, while Shuyan developed a methodology for mapping the supply and demand for talent in growing industries.
Hakon Bjerke, MA ’12
Hakon worked as a summer analyst with JP Morgan in the Investment Banking division, focusing on metals and mining. He said that he benefited greatly from being able to work on the same projects as full-time analysts, advising on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, bond/equity issuance and corporate broking, and using skills he learned in Senior Lecturer Alfonso Canella’s Financial Modeling class.