SEO's Alternative Investments Fellowship Program (AIFP) propels underrepresented young professionals into the alternatives industry

Alternative Investments Fellowship Program

As envisioned in 2009, the AIFP has become an industry-wide educational program that is designed to help diverse 1st and 2nd year investment banking analysts prepare to compete for opportunities in the buy-side.

Program Benefits:

  • Training Fellows enhance their technical and soft skills through 1:1 and group coaching, online resources and customized skill development programs within the AIFP
    • Advanced LBO Modeling Training Sessions
    • LBO Case Study Practice & Review
  • Network – Consisting of 400+ SEO alum in the buy-side, program partners, industry leaders, recruiters and supporters, the AIFP provides access to a community of influential industry and thought leaders  
    • Mentoring by PE professionals from our prestigious partners
    • Introduction to the unique cultures of each partner firm
    • Participation in the SEO Annual Alternative Investments Conference (AICON)
    • Breakfast seminars with industry leaders, including Limited Partners discussion on investing in the alternatives sector

Who We Serve?

  • We encourage individuals who meet the below listed requirements, to apply for the AIFP:
    • Pre-MBA professionals of color who are traditionally underrepresented in AI (i.e. people of Black, Hispanic and Native American descent, as well as Asian women)
    • People in the first or second year of an analyst program at a bulge bracket or boutique investment bank in NYC
    • Preferred analysts include those in traditional investment banking industry coverage groups, M&A, leverage finance and structured finance
    • Both SEO alumni and non-alumni are eligible to apply

Next Steps to Become an AIFP Fellow: 

  • AIFP 2020-2021 applications open in January 2020
    • Investment Academy – The program consists of both online and in-person training resources designed to help diverse investment banking analysts enhance and sharpen their quantitative as well as qualitative knowledge and helps participants become competitive AIFP candidates
    • Register here to receive notifications on upcoming Investment Academy training sessions, networking events and the opening of applications for the AIFP 2020-2021 class

Mark Guerra, AIFP Class of 2017
Irving Place Capital

"SEO provided me with an opportunity to accelerate my career. I'm extremely grateful for the values and skills I learned during my time in the program. My life would be very different without SEO. I don't think there's anything out there that gives you a higher probability of being successful."