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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, with a strong focus on economic analysis, to join the growing Impact Finance team as an Impact Finance student intern. 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).
For this position, the Impact Finance student intern will work specifically on supporting the Impact Finance team on their project to document and value Huntsman Mental Health Institute’s (HMHI) social and economic impact, and develop a monetization framework to capture the fiscal and, potentially social, benefits associated with the improvement of outcomes for HMHI’s clients and target population. The team has recently completed the initial phase of this partnership and will be diving deeper into the economic and social impact of HMHI’s work over the course of Q2 and Q3 2023. The Impact Finance student intern will be a key member of the team and will focus on analyzing and quantifying HMHI’s social and economic impact. The SIC team collaborates with senior members of the University’s Health Economics Core.
- Issue area research including literature reviews and landscape scans relating to the economic impact of HMHI’s work
- Summarize research findings and drawing conclusions
- Assist in reviewing external financial models (e.g. cost benefit analyses)
- Assist in conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis to support project design
- Support the development of excel models to assess project economics, and identifying outcomes and method of outcomes measurement
- Attend weekly team meetings
- Preference given to Economics majors in Junior, Senior, Graduate level.
- Be enrolled, or have a strong background, in economics and economic analysis courses
- Experience, or a demonstrated interest, in health economics would be an advantage
- Be proactive, innovative, and resourceful
- Demonstrate a “solutions-oriented” problem solver mentality
- Strong research, 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
- Ability to produce well designed professional Powerpoint presentations and Excel models
- Students must commit to working 20 hours per week for a minimum of two semesters (e.g. Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 or Fall 2024 and Spring 2025)
- Students should aim to participate in 5 hours of synchronized meetings a week, rest of the time is flexible
*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
15-20 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.