Spring 2021 Newsletter

Please join us in welcoming our sixth cohort of IFC-Milken Institute Capital Market Scholars, who have recently arrived in Washington, DC! Our new class includes 19 participants from nine countries (Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda, and Uzbekistan), and half of our Spring 2021 scholars are women.

After two weeks of self-quarantine and online math and finance boot camp, this impressive group began in-person classes at the George Washington (GW) University School of Business this week. They also kicked off the weekly IFC-MI Speaker Series with a special discussion with Mike Milken. We are very grateful to GW leadership and faculty for making an exception for our program: Ours is currently the only group allowed to access the School of Business in-person this semester. Throughout the semester, scholars will interact in a near-bubble environment in compliance with strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols. These efforts will allow us to keep fostering in-person connections, bonding, and peer exchange, which are core to the long-term success and impact of our program.

COVID-19 Protocols and Program Timeline for Our Class

Safety remains our top priority. For this reason, all scholars live within walking distance of campus (no public transit exposure), are tested weekly for free by the university, and are spaced far apart in one of GW’s larger classrooms. Classes are also offered in a hybrid format (in-person but also transmitted live on Zoom) for any scholars or faculty who may need to follow along from home due to any exposures or symptoms that may arise during the semester.

Alongside and to supplement the academic courses safely, we will be offering all supplementary training (IFC-Milken Institute Speaker Series with practitioners, regulatory workshops with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, etc.) online. Throughout the semester, the virtual format will also allow for more frequent engagement and interaction between our current scholars and our 100+ alumni around the world. Several of our alumni already met the class virtually last week to share tips and advice for succeeding in this demanding and fast-paced program.

Once our scholars complete their GW coursework in June 2021, they will undertake internships in the US financial industry from July through October 2021. Internships will take place in a range of formats (remote, hybrid, and in-person) depending on safety conditions and host company policies. We will be in touch with many of our past internship hosts and program supporters in the coming days regarding opportunities to get involved!


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