Center for Alternative Investments (CAI) Fellows

The Emory Center for Alternative Investments (CAI) focuses on developing research and information, providing education and building community with respect to several areas of alternative investments, including private equity, hedge funds, venture capital and real estate value. Up to two (2) fellows will be selected.

The Center's Board of Directors, staffed by private equity Limited Partners, oversees roughly $800Bn AUM and helps guide the Center's strategic vision. This vision has helped the Center establish itself as a premier hub in the Alternative Investment industry through its research, classes, conferences, competitions, seminars and publications. For students, the Center provides a platform to learn about the Alternative Investment industry while networking with experienced practitioners. In addition to classes, students have the opportunity to take advantage of the Center's extensive alumni network and internship program abroad. We look forward to your participation in the Center.

Profile of a Fellow

Typical fellows are candidates with a passion to work in the private equity field who possess strong quantitative skills and meaningful work experience in the finance industry. Fellows must also have excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

Work Required of the Fellows

Fellows conduct research in the alternative investments field, develop content for private-equity focused business cases, draft research proposals and provide program support for CAI presentations, symposiums, etc. Fellows will work up to five (5) hours per week beginning in the spring semester of their first year of MBA study.


Through the Center's relationships with fund managers and investors, fellows have the assurance of securing a paid summer internship in private equity in an emerging market. Fellows will have a unique opportunity to conduct research in the alternative investment area, including analyzing and comparing performance results among private equity firms. Fellows also have the opportunity to interact with members of the CAI Board of Directors who are successfully managing multi-billion dollar alternative investment funds in the U.S. and abroad.

Student Involvement

Students get involved in multiple ways through the Emory Center for Alternative Investments. The Alternative Investments Network (AIN) is the Center's extended alumni network serving Emory alumni, students, and their colleagues who work or are interested in alternative investments. This organization connects and expands the Emory community and offers an ongoing series of events and opportunities in support of this effort. The network establishes a presence in both New York and Atlanta and allows members to become integrally involved with Center and expand their professional networks.

Fellowship Application Process

Review the full Fellowship selection criteria. To be considered for a CAI Fellowship, applicants must submit a separate, additional essay which answers the following question:

How will your work as a Fellow better prepare you for your chosen career path?

Submit Fellowship Application