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About the Sorenson Impact Center
The Sorenson Impact Center with the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah envisions a thriving world where all people are valued, communities prosper, and the measured impact of our actions guides decision making. The Center advances global impact through innovation in impact investing and finance, public policy and government spending, and corporate and social sector behavior with organizations across the globe, and utilizes world-class data science, impact storytelling and collaboration as key tools. As part of its mission to train future impact leaders, the Center integrates academic programming and experiential learning into each of its practice areas. To learn more about the Center and apply to the Student program, please visit https://www.sorensonimpact.com/student-program.
The Sorenson Impact Center is seeking student applicants to join the growing Impact Finance team as an Impact Finance student intern. Impact Finance student interns will support the Impact Finance team working to design innovative financing structures that better address social problems including: Pay for Success, Opportunity Zones, community development finance, and innovative finance among others. The team is highly collaborative and seeks to develop, pilot and scale new financial structures, models and products that are replicable and scalable to grow the impact finance market.
We work at the intersection of community needs, the needs of underserved populations and the needs and requirements of private and public investment capital. This program provides unparalleled experiential education for students with both a strong desire to have a positive impact on social problems and a detailed understanding of financial markets and the investment rigor that sophisticated investors require. This is a fast paced, constantly changing environment with new projects starting frequently (watch a short YouTube video to learn more about what we do).
- Issue area research including literature reviews and landscape scans
- Identify solutions and/or research methods
- Summarize research findings and drawing conclusions
- Assist in developing new financial reporting structures
- Assist in reviewing external financial models (e.g. cost benefit analyses)
- Assist in conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis to support project design
- Support project development, including determining the scale and scope of the specific social or environmental impact projects, supporting the development of excel models to assess project economics, and identifying outcomes and method of outcomes measurement
- General project management
- Be proactive, innovative, and resourceful
- Demonstrate a “solutions-oriented” problem solver mentality
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Proven analytical skills, detail-oriented, proactive and self-motivated
- Demonstrate innovative and collaborative problem solving skills
- Able to think critically
- Ability to work with a team to complete projects on a timeline with ambiguous project guidelines
- Strong financial skills, including understanding of standard financial statements, financial terminology, financing concepts, and knowledge of Excel
- Ability to produce well designed professional PowerPoint presentations and Excel models
- Understanding of valuation analysis, financial statement analysis, and accounting
- Students must commit to working 20 hours per week for a minimum of two semesters
*The dynamic nature of work means the student experience becomes more valuable with deeper levels of engagement. To facilitate this experience, students are expected to commit to working 20 hours per week for a minimum of two semesters (continuation beyond the first semester is dependent upon meeting the appropriate level of performance).
**The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants (please circulate widely), especially those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, speak English as a second language, and others from overlooked / underestimated communities.
*** Due to legal restrictions regarding student employment under certain Visa statuses, Sorenson Impact can not guarantee our ability to pay international students. For international students potentially selected, we commit to working with you and your institution to determine our ability to adequately compensate you for your time and energy. Please reach out with any questions.Impact can not guarantee our ability to pay international students. For international students potentially selected, we commit to working with you and your institution to determine our ability to adequately compensate you for your time and energy. Please reach out with any questions.