Graduate Business Risk Management Intern

Freddie Mac
McLean, VA
Oct 16, 2019
Oct 29, 2019
Full Time
If you are in the process of obtaining your advanced degree, looking for an opportunity to enhance your skills in a dynamic work environment prior to graduation, and interested in a career in risk management, then Freddie Mac's Business Risk Management Internship is for you.

Our internship offers you an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the company's risk management objectives and provides exposure to a wide spectrum of risk disciplines that will allow you to build on the knowledge and analytical skills you have acquired through your advanced studies. You will work with some of the brightest minds in the financial services industry and develop your knowledge of risk management, all while building valuable skills and making lifelong connections.

Upon successful completion of the three-month internship and your advanced degree, you may be extended an opportunity to join our Enterprise Graduate Risk Rotation program - a two-year analyst rotation program that allows you to work in different risk management areas such as Credit, Market, Operational and Compliance risk. Our analyst program is designed to help you build a broad skill set, develop a comprehensive foundation in risk management, and accelerate your career growth by gaining exposure to Freddie Mac's enterprise-level risk management function.

Your Work Falls into Two Primary Categories:

Project Support
As an intern, you will support short-term projects that contribute to division priorities, which may include one or more of the following activities:
  • Assist in the assessment of business unit exposures by identifying risks, evaluating their potential impact and reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of the organization's existing controls
  • Promote a risk-aware culture, ensure efficient and effective risk and compliance management practices by adhering to required standards and processes
  • Develop and implement key analytics and other reports
  • Support strategic planning and change management initiatives
  • Perform budgeting, forecasting and cost monitoring activities
  • Work on cross-functional projects and/or teams and assist with project management activities

Professional Development
Participation in the program will support your continued professional development through access to targeted training courses and exposure to senior management. You will gain knowledge of risk management concepts in the financial industry and an understanding of critical organizational business and risk management functions, all while enhancing your own competencies, by:
  • Building critical leadership, business and analytical skills
  • Creating your personal brand and growing your internal network
  • Obtaining support and guidance from dedicated program managers, experienced rotational analysts and knowledgeable mentors
  • Enhancing your knowledge of financial and risk concepts and Freddie Mac's key role in the mortgage market through a custom-designed training curriculum
  • Participating in organized community service events to complement your professional development with personal growth


  • Enrolled in a full-time graduate degree program in business administration (MBA), finance, economics, public policy, law or related discipline
  • Minimum cumulative 3.6 GPA or equivalent
  • Three to seven years of professional work experience

Keys to Success in this Role
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Execution focused, with demonstrated initiative, personal accountability and leadership
  • Strong consultation and influencing skills
  • Ability to work with and collaborate within a team and across the broader organization
  • Ability to work independently and adapt in a changing environment
  • Curiosity to learn and challenge the status quo
  • Interest or experience in financial markets, securitization, trading of financial products, loan and security portfolio management/operations, or financial regulation

Top Three Personal Competencies to Possess
  • Partnership: Build trust and strong partnerships through my own and my team's actions
  • Drive for Execution: Be accountable for strong individual and team performance
  • Growth and Development: Know or learn what is needed to deliver results and successfully compete

Preferred Skills

Preferred Skills
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, specifically Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience with Microstrategy and/or Tableau
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience working with large data sets

Today, Freddie Mac makes home possible for one in four home borrowers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. Join our smart, creative and dedicated team and you'll do important work for the housing finance system and make a difference in the lives of others. Freddie Mac is an equal opportunity and top diversity employer. EOE, M/F/D/V.

The hired candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Freddie Mac does not intend to support hiring any students, exchange visitors, or recent graduates on F-1, J-1, or M-1 visas, or any individuals requiring sponsorship for an employment based visa application (such as H-1B) in connection with these openings.