Associate, FinTech

Associate, FinTech


The Milken Institute (Institute) is a nonpartisan, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to helping people build meaningful lives, in which they can experience health and well-being, pursue effective education and gainful employment, and access the resources required to create ever-expanding opportunities for themselves and their broader communities. The Institute operates out of six offices located in Santa Monica, Washington DC, New York, London, Abu Dhabi, and Singapore. 


The Center for Financial Markets (CFM), based in Washington DC, is one of seven centers at the Milken Institute.  CFM leads the Institute’s programmatic work across a range of issues that advance prosperity across the globe. CFM’s mission is to promote the smooth and efficient operation of financial markets—to help ensure that they are fair and available to those who need them when they need them. We do this by creating independent, data-driven research, action-oriented meetings, meaningful policy initiatives, and cutting-edge education programs.


CFM launched the FinTech Program in October 2014 to explore market innovation and developments, analyze alternative regulatory approaches, and offer policy recommendations to facilitate FinTech’s responsible development. Specifically, the FinTech Program focuses on three core topic areas: access to capital, financial inclusion, and transparency and compliance. As one of the first think-tanks to address the opportunities and challenges that FinTech presents, the program has since produced roughly 100 written reports, blogs, op-eds, and comment letters, and has hosted 80 private roundtables, public panel sessions, and congressional staff briefings covering FinTech.


The Milken Institute is looking for an Associate to join the Center for Financial Markets. In this role, the Associate will report to the Associate Director of the FinTech Program, and will also work collaboratively with the entire CFM team and Milken Institute staff at large to support Center and Institute programming and events.

The Associate will work with the Associate Director of the FinTech Program to provide research on certain sub-sectors of FinTech, attend and report on regulatory and policy events and Congressional hearings covering FinTech, contribute to a weekly FinTech newsletter produced by the Institute, and provide assistance to the Associate Director in developing and coordinating events.


To succeed in this position, the Milken Institute is looking for someone that has:

  • Strong analytical and researching skills. This position will entail a significant amount of research and analysis to produce high-quality, informative content. The Associate must have some familiarity with the subject material and be able to both conduct technical literature reviews as well as distill nebulous information into structured insights in a timely manner. The Associate must be able to contribute to the formation of practical solutions that help guide federal officials, policymakers, practitioners, and regulators in crafting appropriate responses to FinTech-related developments.
  • Strong written skills. The Associate must be able to write clearly and concisely, provide supporting data to elevate certain points, and maintain a non-partisan view on the topic at hand. 
  • Ability to work independently within a fast-paced environment. The Associate must be able to prioritize multiple assignments in a fast-paced work environment. The Associate must produce quality work under minimal supervision. 
  • Ability to support events and programming staff. The Associate will engage with Institute staff to organize certain public and private events, provide substantive background materials and research, and coordinate with outside stakeholders as to their availability.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit. The Associate will have the opportunity to develop their own projects and written work, provided that current requirements are being met and that the work pertains to the above-mentioned programs. 


  • Preferably have a graduate degree in concentrations ranging from finance, law, economics, and/or public policy.
  • Possess a working knowledge of financial technology and related market, policy, and regulatory developments, and/or have past experience working at a FinTech firm.
  • Must have a keen understanding of the interplay between finance, technology, and policy. Specifically, the applicant must possess strong knowledge and understanding of technology, finance, and/or regulatory/government affairs. 
  • The necessary authorizations to work in the United States of America.

The Associate role will provide an outstanding opportunity to hone one’s skills and contribute to reports and materials that will shape thought leadership and guidance for state and federal policymakers, business leaders, and other high-profile policy and business influencers.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and short writing sample.  All application materials should be attached as PDF files. Any application that does not include both a cover letter and a resume saved as PDFs will be rejected.