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.

Now accepting applications for 2024 interns

The Paradigm Changers Internship Program

The Paradigm Changers Undergraduate and Graduate program provides an opportunity for diverse women to gain the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in alternative investments.

The program accepts students from a broad range of academic disciplines, including healthcare, technology, mathematics, computer science, law, business, and engineering.

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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Hear from 2022 Participants


  • Pre-internship training: May
  • 8-10 week paid internship: June – August
  • Monthly career development: June – August


Internships are held in person and virtually at participating alternative investment firms across the U.S. Pre-internship and career development training sessions are held virtually.

About the Program

  • Customized pre-internship alternative investments training program 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 rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year ethnically diverse women currently enrolled in or transferring to a 4-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

  • Aspiring leader with demonstrated 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.

2024 Host Firm Applications Are Now Available

Click here to learn more about hosting a Paradigm Changers Intern.
Applications must be received by September 29, 2023.

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