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FEATURE STORY November 11, 2021

Meet: Aakriti Dhital, World Bank Treasury Junior Analyst ‘21


Meet Aakriti

  • Aakriti is a Junior Analyst working on SWIFT and static data maintenance on the Banking Operations Team in the Treasury Operations Department.
  • She is a Nepali national and graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a BA in economics and mathematics.
  • She wants to learn more about the role of data in development finance and intends to pursue a master’s degree after the Junior Analyst Program.

Update: Akriti Dhital completed the Treasury Junior Analyst Program in 2023 and began a Master of Finance Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. 

What’s your typical day as a Treasury Junior Analyst?

  • Maintain static data to ensure its accessibility and usability to internal teams.
  • Support the SWIFT infrastructure to provide efficient banking services to clients.
  • Transform data to improve data quality for analysis.
  • Work with team members on current initiatives and projects.
  • Draft newsletters to document internal initiatives and promote secure operations to be circulated to Treasury colleagues.

What is your greatest challenge and success as a Junior Analyst?

The greatest challenge has been shifting from an intern and college student to a real-world working professional. The experience of working as an intern is very different from the experience as a professional. I realized that after starting work full-time. It’s been difficult navigating the change, but the learning curve has also been incredibly gratifying. The transition has been my greatest challenge, and my success, as a Junior Analyst. 

What do you appreciate most about the Junior Analyst Program?

The Junior Analyst Program is highly unique because our work has a big focus on impact. The work is challenging, rigorous but very rewarding at the same time. I greatly appreciate that the program puts fresh graduates like me in a rigorous environment that pushes our learning capacity and engages us to do better.

"My favorite aspect of the World Bank is the people. I work with talented colleagues from different parts of the world, for example, Colombia, Ukraine, Sierra Leone, Bolivia, Bulgaria, and Canada. Working at the Bank has given me a chance to learn more about them, their journeys, and their countries. It’s taught me so much about the differences and the similarities that bring all of us together. It is truly a global experience."
Akriti Dhital
Treasury Junior Analyst

What do you appreciate about Treasury’s multicultural work environment?

I love that I get to work with people from diverse backgrounds and learn from their unique experiences. The multicultural work environment allows space for more ideas and innovation. It’s broadened my thinking and enhanced my creativity. It’s also afforded me repeated opportunities for reflection and of comfort, particularly when I’m homesick. 

What has been the involvement of senior colleagues with your work?

The interactions I’ve had with senior colleagues, both directly and indirectly, have been warm and encouraging. They actively try to create a supportive environment for Junior Analysts to grow during our time at the Bank. It’s inspiring to see their passion for the work they do.

Why did you apply to the Summer Internship Program?

I read about the work of the World Bank, so the institution has always been a place of interest. When I came across the internship posting, it stood out because it didn’t sound like a typical finance internship—there was a greater emphasis on impact-making through finance. I’d never worked at the intersection of development and finance, so the program looked like a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone. 

How did the Treasury Summer Internship prepare you for this position?

The internship gave me a window to learn more about the work that Treasury does. The rotations gave me a real-world experience to better understand the different types of work that multiple business units undertake within the realm of finance. This then helped me narrow down the kind of work that I find the most fascinating. 

What are your goals after your two years as Junior Analyst?

I intend to go to graduate school after my two years at the Bank. I want to gain a deeper understanding of the ways data can be leveraged in development finance and will likely pursue a program along those lines.

How has the Junior Analyst Program prepared you to achieve these goals?

Coming in, I wasn’t sure about my long-term goals, but my time as a Junior Analyst has helped me narrow down that path. I’ve grown professionally and personally, and the opportunity has helped me gain more clarity about my goals for graduate school.