In October 2020 GAIN (Girls are Investors) launched its inaugural Summer 2021 internship programme and received applications from nearly 200 talented young women from 48 universities. Through 22 partner investment management firms, they offered internships to 25 young women in Summer 2021 with additional firms participating in the programme on an ongoing basis.
In this podcast we meet with three of those students to discuss their internship experience. Our discussion starts with their own academic background, and how some of the skills they applied in their internship did not spring from traditional finance disciplines. We hear how some of them were introduced to the world of finance and investing and debate whether the industry is as open to newcomers as it should be. We turn then to look at the importance of female role models, and where the students found mentorship and inspiration both throughout the summer and in their career search to date. Finally, we touch on the impact of Covid-19 on work experiences such as this one and learn about the travails of internships that were fully or partially remote and how critical in-person interactions are at this stage of career development.
With sincere thanks to Han You Low, Eva Borras and Ellen Welford for sharing their insights with us. Here is more information on the GAIN internship programme.
This podcast is brought to you with the kind support of Pluscios Capital, a women-owned, WBENC certified investment management firm based in Evanston, IL. With over 60+ years of combined investment management experience, co-founders Constance Teska and Kelly Chesney are committed to the development of bespoke investment solutions on behalf of institutions and intermediaries. In addition to broadly diversified core and catalyst solutions, Pluscios provides hands on product development support and custom solutions with a focus on diversity-led and emerging managers.