Investments Research Intern – Summer 2019

  • Willis Towers Watson
  • New York, USA
  • Apr 17, 2019
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Willis Towers Watson assists clients in the management of their investment programs by offering full service investment outsourcing as well as traditional investment advisory services. We are a global investment consulting practice providing advice to institutional investors (primarily defined benefit and defined contribution plans) in the areas of asset allocation, investment policy, investment manager evaluation and research, investment performance evaluation and miscellaneous investment research. Our services include working with clients to establish and review appropriate levels of risk tolerance for their investment programs and helping them to define and improve their governance. We combine innovative thinking with capable execution so clients can successfully balance risk and return.

Our commitment to innovation and research means clients get access to the best investment ideas. We have one of the industry’s largest investment strategy teams, with disciplines that include investment banking, asset management and actuarial science. We also have more than 100 investment manager research professionals covering all asset classes from mainstream to alternative investments, including hedge funds and private equity. With this deep specialist expertise, we turn innovative concepts into practical, independent advice tailored to meet our clients’ needs.

As companies struggle to adapt to increased risk in the financial markets, Willis Towers Watson can help in managing investment complexity, establishing risk tolerance and improving governance. We combine innovative thinking with capable execution so institutional investors (pension funds, endowment funds, etc.) can successfully balance risk and return. Our services include strategies that offer financial predictability and stability.

The Role

As an Investments Research Intern, you will work beside researchers as we help drive our clients’ decision making in the selection, and monitoring of investment managers. The role will primarily be focused across credit (fixed income) asset classes, spanning both traditional bonds, alternative credit (high yield, loans, securitized credit, EMD) and private credit. We have one of the largest global manager research teams in the industry with over 90 researchers located across the major investment regions of the world and following one global, integrated research process

You will have exposure to numerous asset classes and client situations that will draw on your technical and analytical skills. You will work side-by-side with some of the industry’s top consultants while you develop cutting edge technical knowledge and skills and gain experience working with a variety of clients across industries through:

  • Working together on researching sub-asset classes within fixed income and new areas of exploration
  • Participating in meetings with investment managers, assisting in the monitoring of and analysis of strategies
  • Supporting researchers in the construction and delivery of presentations to clients
  • Following our professional excellence model including review and documentation of deliverables
  • Increasing efficiencies within client teams by identifying ways to improve processes and technology
  • Demonstrate natural ease and effectiveness when dealing with clients/colleagues at all levels

The Requirements

  • In the process of obtaining a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in mathematics, statistics, finance, economics or any other major with significant quantitative course work with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (Junior standing preferred; Sophomore considered with other relevant internship experience)
  • Work experience that demonstrates strong technical and/or client service skills
  • Passion for solving problems and sharing solutions to exceed the standards of the client
  • Ability to be a self-starter and work independently, but also cooperatively in a close team environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to interact with colleagues at all levels
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills, particularly in Excel

The Company

Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 45,000 employees serving more than 140 countries and markets. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at

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Experience level of the applicant we want

College / Sixth form