AAAIM Accelerate 2024: Summer Series & Externship Program

Accelerate is an interactive and hybrid initiative tailored for diverse undergraduate college students interested in investment management and finance. Geared towards accelerating students’ overall professional journey, the initiative focuses on developing skills necessary for networking, pursuing internships, and actively preparing for entry into the workforce.  

Summer Series

*** The Summer Series is open to all. No application necessary.

AAAIM will introduce a Summer Series to Accelerate by combining both virtual and in-person events throughout the months of June, July, and August, offering diverse college students a multifaceted learning experience aimed at accelerating their professional journey. Each month will consist of a virtual webinar and in-person event available to all diverse college students in the selected locations, regardless of their status on the externship program.  

For the virtual events, students will participate in a webinar with industry professionals on the following topics:  

  1. Cover Letters, Resume Buildings, and References  
  2. Interview Tips and Tricks  
  3. Networking and Relationship Building  

For the in-person events, students will join organizations to learn about the firm, their culture, and dive into the different career paths available, in addition to networking. Opportunities are limited to AAAIM local chapters.  

Externship Program

The Externship Program will accept a small group of up to 30 undergraduate college students for the hybrid program, selected through an application-based process. The program comprises an intensive 7-day hybrid format, offering externs an experiential learning opportunity. Externs will engage in professional development training focusing on resume building, interviewing techniques, and relationship building, while interacting with investment and finance professionals, heads of Human Resources and Talent, and industry veterans. At the end of the externship, AAAIM will facilitate mentorship connections and explore potential internship opportunities for externs.  

AAAIM emphasizes supporting diverse students from modest income families, with target goals of:  

  • 50% of externs enrolled in non-target schools;  
  • 70% of externs utilizing financial aid or financial assistance;  
  • Equal balance of rising college status (Freshman through Senior) and gender representation. 

The Externship will begin on Monday, August 5th through Friday, August 9th with a virtual program, and will conclude with a two day, in-person program on Tuesday, August 13th and Wednesday, August 14th in New York City. Travel stipends will be provided to qualified students.

Students: Sign up here to stay up to date with Accelerate!

*** The externship program application is now closed ***

Please contact Alyssa.Lee@aaaim.org if you or your organization is interested in sponsoring or participating in Accelerate 2024, or for any questions or concerns.