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About our research assistant experience

The Center employs approximately 25 student research assistants per semester from six University of Michigan schools and colleges to work one-on-one with faculty, or in interdisciplinary teams, on a wide range of issues at the intersection of finance, law, and policy. Students are generally supervised by the Center's assistant director, acting under the direction of the co-faculty directors and certain faculty affiliates. During the school year, students work 10-15 hours per week.

The CFLP Research Assistant experience is designed to provide our students with:

  1. substantive knowledge about a cutting-edge topic that differentiates our RAs from their peers;
  2. work product that demonstrates the student's accumulated knowledge and their capacity for taking on questions where there are no clear answers yet;
  3. a close relationship with a faculty or staff member who acts as a mentor to the student; 
  4. opportunities to network with leaders in the fields of financial regulation, fintech, and entrepreneurship by working on our projects and participating in our conferences and events; and
  5. opportunities to build relationships across the University, through professional development activities like "RA Show & Share" and social activities such as CFLP trivia.

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I found the Center by a stroke of good luck....I had just started my undergraduate thesis on investors and behavioral economics, so the timing was perfect. The Center's interdisciplinary approach is not only interesting, but also invaluable to the critical work that it's doing. It helped me to see the hidden relationships in the economic, policy, and legal aspects of the complex problems that the Center is tackling.

Eun Young (Isabel) Park, Research Assistant, 2017-2017, LSA '18 (Sociology)

 Some of the places our alumni have gone in the last few years:

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Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Illinois Attorney General’s Office
Bureau of Economic Analysis
National Council of Social Service
Judicial Clerks (multiple districts & jurisdictions)
Opportunity Finance Network
U.S. Treasury Department

IBM Headquarters

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Booz Allen Hamilton
Goldman Sachs
Kirkland & Ellis
White & Case
Covington & Burling
Davis, Polk & Wardwell
Paul Hastings
Paul Weiss

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