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About CFA UK

CFA UK is a professional membership body representing 12,000 investment professionals in the UK – dedicated to educating, inspiring and connecting the investment community to build a sustainable future.

We are part of the worldwide network of member societies of CFA Institute, the global, not-for-profit association of investment professionals, that awards the CFA and CIPM designations.

Our mission is to build a better investment profession by serving the public interest by educating investment professionals, by promoting and enforcing ethical and professional standards and by explaining what is happening in the profession to regulators, policymakers and the media. As a CFA Institute member society, we promote the development of careers in the investment profession and facilitate networking within and across member groups.

What we do

Qualifications: CFA UK is the awarding body for the Investment Management Certificate (IMC), an entry-level qualification for investment professionals and the new Certificate in Climate & Investing. We also originally developed the Certificate in ESG Investing which transitioned ownership to CFA Institute in 2021. CFA UK also promotes the CFA Program for which CFA Institute is the awarding body.

Membership: We support our members professional development and enhance their career potential. Our members enjoy access to a wide range of practitioner-led events, webinars, technical and professional content along with practical support to develop talent and advocate for the things that matter to you. Members are automatically integrated into our 12,000+ strong community of like-minded professionals.


In order to apply for this position you must identify as a woman and have graduated in the last 2 years.

To apply for this internship opportunity please submit your application here https://www.youngwomenininvestment.com/uk/about-the-program/application-process

The Young Women in Investment Program comprises of a Bootcamp for 20 people, hosted by Fitch International, starting in the middle of September, as well as the opportunity to apply for a limited number of internships with top firms.

Boot camp (starts mid-September 2022)

A four week learning program hosted by Fitch International for 20 UK graduates who are eligible to work in the UK to give a comprehensive overview of the investment profession.

  • Designed to be accessible and provide practical knowledge to kick start a career in investment
  • Instructor-led interactive daily webinars
  • Video based e-learning and quizzes
  • Directed e-learning via an online library
  • Simulations
  • YWI Research Challenge

Internship (starts October 2022)

  • Internships are not guaranteed for all candidates.
  • Successful candidates will have completed the Bootcamp with 100% attendance, completed all assignments and have been selected by participating firms.
  • Internship roles will be across investment research, performance management, private credit, investment banking, operations, valuation, product control, public equity, credit ratings, fund research, product development, financial reporting, investment compliance, data analytics, restructuring, etc.
  • Interns are subjected to respective company policies during the internships

Fitch International’s four-week bootcamp will provide a comprehensive overview of the investment profession for 20 UK candidates and 20 Ukrainian candidates. With additional talks from leading firms, this is an opportunity to grow your understanding of the industry, build connections with firms and kick start your career.

What is covered in boot camp?

   Investment industry topics

  • Ethics and professionalism
  • Microeconomics/Macroeconomics
  • Financial statements
  • Quantitative concepts
  • Securities
  • Alternative investments
  • Risk management
  • Efficient financial markets

   Financial modelling workshop

  • Intermediate MS-Excel
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Valuation techniques
  • Machine learning

  Business skills workshop

  • Writing
  • Presentation
  • Business etiquette
  • Networking
  • Effective communication

Who can apply?

  • Students finishing their studies (including Masters) 2022 or candidates who have graduated within the last two years (2020/2021)
  • A Minimum 2:1 Grade (Actual/Predicted)
  • Open to any educational discipline (Finance education/experience not required)
  • Candidates must have the right to live/work in the UK (No Sponsorships will be offered)

Application process

To apply, prepare the following statements & documents

  • Two Short Essays (Max 300 words)
    • My life story and/or my definition of success
    • Why I am an ideal candidate for the Young Women in Investment Program
  • Professional CV
  • Two Academic or professional references NOTE: referees should be people who have worked with you in a professional or academic environment, rather than friends or family members.

Access the application form here

Application Closing Date: Thursday 28th July 2022

What is the commitment from candidates?

All candidates must be able to commit to the four-week Bootcamp (starting mid-September 2022).

Candidates who are interested in participating in an internship will also be required to be available from the middle of October for a six to twelve month paid internship. This will be confirmed with the participating firm upon acceptance of internship.

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