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DFC Internship: Office of Equity & Investment Funds

at U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (USIDFC) in Washington, DC

About the Job

DFC's Internship Program offers valuable experience that contributes to educational and professional growth, and may be applied in any future employment endeavor, including federal, state and local governments or in the private sector. Unpaid internships with DFC are offered year-round in Washington, D.C., and can last from 12 weeks to 12 months. Duties vary based on the department and/or office in which the intern is placed.


The Office of Equity and Investment Funds (OEIF) addresses the dearth of risk capital in emerging and frontier markets by providing direct equity financing to companies or financing to private equity and other fund vehicles investing in developing economies. DFC seeks to help profit-oriented enterprises in the emerging markets access risk capital, management guidance, and financial expertise by supporting private enterprise and fund managers.

Interns perform a variety of tasks, including:

  • Analyzing and reviewing materials on venture capital/private equity funds and companies;
  • Designing and modifying financial models;
  • Preparing written reports on portfolio investment funds and companies;
  • Researching new financial structures and investment vehicles;
  • Assisting with research and analysis for the DFC General Call for Proposals;

Interns may also complete a strategic research project focusing on the following within the realm of emerging markets private equity:

  • Performance of funds and market trends in specific regions and countries;
  • Analysis of DFC's private equity portfolio; and
  • Assessment of investment strategies.

Projects will culminate in a presentation and written output, incorporating intern's original findings and recommendations. Interns are expected to take the initiative and play a substantive role in defining the parameters of research alongside the direction of the supervisor.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled at least part-time in an accredited institution of higher education pursuing a degree (minimum of 60 credit hours) in Business, Economics and Finance, or be enrolled in an MBA program. Previous experience in investment banking, private equity, accounting, or finance with exposure in financial modeling, research and communication skills is highly desired. Successful completion of a background investigation is also required.

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Applications are accepted year-round; however, if targeting a specific internship period, the DFC recommends submitting your application by the following dates: · Summer - Apply by March 1 · Fall - Apply by July 1 · Winter - Apply by November 1 · Spring - Apply by January 1

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (USIDFC)

Learn more about what it's like to work at Development Finance Corporation (formerly Overseas Private Investment Corporation), what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.