Women in Alternatives: In, Up and Beyond

IN: Paradigm Changers Internship Program

Building a pathway for the next generation of women to access careers in alternative investments.

Intern applications are now closed

The Paradigm Changers Internship Program

The Paradigm Changers Internship program provides an opportunity for ethnically diverse college women to gain the skills, knowledge, and exposure needed to pursue a career in alternative investments (private equity, private debt, hedge funds, real estate, etc.).
The program accepts undergraduate and graduate students from a broad range of academic disciplines, including, but not limited to healthcare, technology, mathematics, computer science, law, business, and engineering, and pairs them with various NAIC member firms across the U.S., for an immersive hands on experience in the world of alternative investments.

Did you know?

Alternative investment firms (including private equity) play a critical role in financing American innovation and helping people improve their lives. They are some of the leading investors in healthcare, life sciences, software, cybersecurity, telecommunications, and more!

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Summer 2024 Cohort

Naomi Alexander
University of Michigan
Bridget Asante
Columbia University
2nd Year Graduate
Joadan Demissew
Columbia University
Sofia Douki
University of Chicago
1st Year Graduate
Priya Gandhi
Columbia University
Incoming Graduate
Tracy Gonsalves
University of North Carolina
Mtab Habib
University of Pennsylvania
Lindsey Huang
Amherst College
Maya Kini
University of Chicago
Jamie Milton
Harvard University
Sumaya Mohamed
University of Minnesota Twin-Cities
Griselda Pereyra
Duke University
Incoming Graduate
Melissa Sanchez
awaiting school acceptance
Incoming Graduate
Stephanie Severe
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2nd Year Graduate
Oluseyi Yoloye
awaiting school acceptance
Incoming Graduate

Thank You to Our 2024 Host Firms

Hear from 2023 Participants


  • NAIC-hosted pre-internship training:
    February – May
  • NAIC-hosted program in-person kickoff:
  • 8-10 week paid internship with a member firm:
    June – August
  • NAIC-hosted monthly career development:
    June – August


Internships are held at participating alternative investment firms across the U.S. (either virtual, hybrid, or in-person at the discretion of each firm). Pre-internship and career development training sessions are held virtually with the exception of a fully funded kickoff event held in-person in Washington, DC in the spring.

About the Program

  • Customized pre-internship alternative investments training that provides participants with an essential understanding of capital markets and introduces some of the skills needed for the internship
  • 8-10 week paid internship at an alternative investment firm
  • Monthly career development sessions led by senior executive women who will share their career journeys and help you navigate a career in alternative investments

Who Should Apply

The undergraduate track is open to ethnically diverse rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors currently enrolled in or transferring to a four-year U.S. university.

The graduate track is open to ethnically diverse women who are applying to or have been accepted to an accredited, U.S.-based graduate school program.

Desired Attributes

  • Demonstrated and proven leadership skills with experience managing competing priorities
  • Curiosity in exploring an area of investment with a focus on understanding capital allocation, market trends, and private transactions
  • Excellent communicator, both written and verbal
  • Passionate about being a part of increased diversity and inclusion in a professional role
  • Presents strong potential for data and analysis, research and spreadsheet skills

Application Process

  1. Applications complete
  2. One-way video interview invitation
  3. Phone screen
  4. Live video interview with committee
  5. Offers made

2024 Host Firm Applications Are Now Available

Click here to learn more about hosting a Paradigm Changers Intern.

For additional information about the Paradigm Changers Internship Program, please contact us at wia@naicpe.com.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tina McIntyre at tmcintyre@naicpe.com