Strengthening the BIPOC Pipeline

To apply for the 2024 BLAISE Summer Internship, follow this link:

To contact us about possible collaborations, follow this link:

In the world of finance, there is a dearth of people of color. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Black and Hispanic professionals represent 5.8% and 8.1%, respectively, of the labor force in financial careers within securities, commodities, funds, trusts, and other finance-related fields. In the asset management industry, Hispanic professionals represent less than 4% of managing directors and 3% of  analysts, while Black professionals make up around 2% for both positions. For Native communities, data is currently not tracked by the BLS. This lack of diversity represents a significant opportunity for companies given the body of research that underscores the benefits of diversity in contributing to the financial performance of firms. Croatan’s REEFS program will address root causes that make pursuing careers in finance difficult for many students of color.

Through our BIPOC Leaders Advancing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy (BLAISE), we aim to diversify the sustainable and impact investing industries by increasing the participation of undergraduate students identifying as Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC). We encourage rising juniors and seniors with an interest in social impact and finance to apply for a paid internship opportunity.

We are now accepting applications for PAID summer internship opportunities for 8-weeks for summer 2024. Selected interns will also receive mentorship and personal finance workshops.

BLAISE Internship Descriptions

Mercy Investments: Impact investing intern

Veris wealth partners: investments intern

Dirt Capital partners: investments intern

Westfuller: summer intern

croatan institute REEfs intern

BLAISE Learning Week Speakers

Keith Beverly

RE-Envision Wealth

Omar Blayton


India Brahm

Foodshed Capital

Ellen Chiu

Westfuller Advisors

Seanicaa Edwards Herron

Freedmen Heirs Foundation

Alyssa Greenspan

Community Capital Management

Pedro Henriques da Silva

Sierra Club Foundation

Leidy Henriquez

Westfuller Advisors

Sonia Kowal

Zevin Asset Management

Dawn LeBeau


Vicki Lee Parker

NC Business Council

Martin Lemos

Dirt Capital

Alana Lewis

Nakia Maddox-Eubanks

Trillium Asset Management

Katie McCloskey

Mercy Investment Services

Joseph McNeil

SAGE Development Authority

Lolita Nunn

Potlikker Capital

Marcela Pinalla

Zevin Asset Management

Michael Reilly

Foodshed Capital

Christina Rice

Land Loss Prevention Project

Ishita Shah

Align Impact

Stephen Snider

New England Impact Investing Initiative (NEIII)

Jaylen Spann

Whistle Stop Capital

Milena Stojceska

Overlay Capital

Gabriel Thoumi

Responsible Alpha

Jon White

Working Landscapes

Ahmad Sulaiman Waziri

Salve Regina University

Aaron Yeo

Purposeful Finance

Partners & Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring reefs programming?