Update: Ali Shahbaz completed the Treasury Junior Analyst Program in 2022 and began as a Financial Manager at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
What’s your typical day as a Treasury Junior Analyst?
On a given day, I start the morning by inputting updates to the week’s dashboard, writing and editing communications, and attending morning meetings. Midday, I work on a strategic project to develop an impact reporting prototype for our ESG investment products. Several meetings later, I focus on my organization-level commitments as part of the Treasury’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team and the World Bank’s Community Connections Campaign. I log off after responding to pending emails and completing any outstanding tasks from the day.
What is your greatest challenge and success as a Junior Analyst?
The greatest challenge as a Junior Analyst has been the learning curve of viewing finance innately through the lens of public-impact goals. I came to the internship after having a great experience on Wall Street, where the norms, decision-making pace, and aspirational goals were significantly different. Here, I had to reorient my perception of success from arbitrage to impact, and this evolution in thought takes intentionality, reflection, and action.
My greatest success as a Junior Analyst has been the freedom to imagine, discuss and implement creative ideas to reach the next level of impact. This is partly because the Junior Analyst Program is relatively new, which means there’s enormous potential to ‘make it your own.’ I am inherently creative, love to brainstorm new ideas and find ways to bring them to life. And to receive guidance, support, and encouragement to pursue my interests and passions in a forward-looking work environment is, for me, truly the definition of success.