Frequently Asked Questions

Opportunities at the Center vary depending on needs of our affiliates, both on and off campus. Because of that, answers to many of the questions below will be determined by the nature of specific initiatives.

  1. What do I get out of being a Center Associate?
    As a Center Associate, you will have a range of “hands-on” work experiences, opportunities to connect with experts in the financial industry, and a strong resume builder. 
  2. What is the time commitment of a Center Associate?
    During the semester, Associates will generally work an average of 10-20 hours per week.  During the summer months, Associates will be expected to work more hours (from 15-35, depending on other obligations).  But it is probably best to view the time commitment in terms of a specific initiative.  Some initiatives may be time consuming over a short period. Others may last longer but not require as many hours per week.  In assigning projects we are mindful of your academic responsibilities.
  3. What are the qualifications for being designated as a Center Associate?
    The Associate position is available to all current Boston University students of good academic standing, both undergraduate and graduate. But based on the demands of specific projects, the Associate’s level of training or experience will be taken into consideration.
  4. What are the kinds of tasks and research I can expect to get involved in as a Center Associate?
    Ongoing and past initiatives of the Center are a good guide for the types of opportunities we offer. Projects range from research in the fields of micro-finance to investment management.
  5. What kinds of topics does the Center address?
    Topics cover a range of issues such as financial regulatory reform, financial inclusion, banking, capital markets, pension reform and many other related areas.
  6. Is there financial compensation for being a Center Associate?
    Center Associates are only compensated if funding is provided for a specific initiative.
  7. Can I get course credit for serving as a Center Associate?
    To receive course credit, Associates must follow the guidelines of their respective school or college for a directed study. The Center does not grant credit; however, when possible we will work with Associates to tailor their projects to earn credit for their work.
  8. Can I include the Center Associate position on my resume?
    Of course!
  9. Do I get to choose the projects that I am to work on as a Center Associate?
    We will attempt to assign projects according to Associates’ backgrounds and interests. We cannot, however, guarantee that there will always be a match between Associates’ interests and current projects.
  10. Does the position carry over between semesters or to the summer term?
    Opportunities are available year round.
  11. May I come forward and recommend Center projects for me or others to work on?
    Associates are encouraged to propose initiatives.
  12. How many Center Associates do you plan to designate?
    There is not a set number. The Center interviews many well-qualified candidates, but generally accepts 4-6.  However, the number of Associate positions at any given time will be a function of the projects that the Center agrees to take on and the number of Associates willing and qualified to commit to those projects.
  13. May I serve as a Center Associate after graduation?
    Yes. After graduation, we encourage Associates to maintain their relationship with the Center by, among other things, providing guidance to current Associates.
  14. Are international students permitted to be a Center Associate?
    Students from all countries and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. In this regard, it is each Associate’s responsibility to work with the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) to ensure compliance with current rules for international students participating in an internship of this nature. These rules may especially impact the opportunity for international students to receive compensation for their work.