Launch of AMSI Intern – ACFS Financial Services Internship Program


The Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS) has partnered with the Australian Mathematical and Science Institute (AMSI) with ‘AMSI Intern Program’ to launch an innovative PhD intern program aimed at delivering access to high-end quantitative and analytical expertise to finance firms.

Based on the international success of Mitacs Program in Canada, which places more than 1800 students a year into internships, the innovative AMSI Intern – ACFS Internship Program model connects highly skilled and motivated PhD students (mentored by an academic supervisor) to solve problems within financial institutions. Students are drawn from all disciplines including mathematics and statistics, science, engineering, social and biological sciences, business and economics and introduce a new skills set into the workplace with the specialist knowledge of an academic supervisor.

Speaking about the new partnership with AMSI Intern, Prof Deborah Ralston, Executive Director of ACFS, commented: “This program is a response to the often stated need for highly skilled quantitative graduates to work on short term complex analytical finance problems.  Not only does this model present an extremely cost effective solution to that problem, but the four to five month period of the internship can also reduce the risk of recruitment.”

Professor Geoff Prince, the AMSI Director, said, “I am particularly pleased with this partnership with the ACFS having had a number of my own PhD students work in the finance sector. AMSI Intern will provide a tried and tested way for  finance, banking and insurance companies to get access to high level skills from a variety of backgrounds to deliver innovation and competitive advantage.”


Media enquiries:      

Professor Deborah Ralston

Executive Director, Australian Centre for Financial Studies

M: +61 419 650318  |  D: +61 3 9666 1010



Cate Ballard

National Program Manager, AMSI Intern

T: 03 9035 5037

About ACFS

The Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS) facilitates industry-relevant, rigorous research and independent commentary. Drawing on expertise from academia, industry and government, ACFS promotes thought leadership in the financial sector.

As specialists in leading edge finance and investment research, ACFS aims to boost the global credentials of Australia’s finance industry, bridging the gap between research and industry, and supporting Australia as an international centre for finance practice, research and education.



About AMSI Intern

AMSI Intern is an innovative university and industry collaboration that connects business and other organisations to the vast research expertise in Australia’s universities.

It is a national program that links postgraduate students and their university supervisors across all disciplines with industry partners through short-term 4-5 month tightly focused partner research internships. The postgraduate student is supported by an academic mentor from the host university throughout the internship placement period.

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