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Amman, Jordan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Field Work, Research
Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
About: Liwwa, Inc. is an early-stage financial services company whose mission is to facilitate access to capital for small businesses. Liwwa, Inc. is an online marketplace lending platform for Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) in the MENA region. As a marketplace lender, Liwwa is cultivating a two-sided network of lenders and borrowers across the MENA region. To that end, Liwwa is developing scalable credit assessment processes and payment tools, as well as a user-friendly online presence. Liwwa is a regional leader in the Fintech revolution, and aims to create job and income growth by helping close the $240 billion capital access gap in the region. 

Intern Responsibilities: Specific responsibilities may vary but IIP interns will lead exciting projects in the Fintech space. As the program progresses, IIP interns are encouraged to present ideas for further exploration. IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
  • Business Development - Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • New market entry research (micro and macro): presenting target market segmentation and scoping out the Fintech regulatory framework, which varies by country; modeling possible currency fluctuations and impact.
    • Strategic analysis and planning: drafting and executing new company-specific strategies and partnerships. These range from building an improved model for online money transfers and researching new providers, to a gamification approach on their website user interface.
    • Policy creation: tailoring and extending policies where applicable for new markets.
    • Marketing and advertising: testing new ATL and BTL media, and developing new concepts for leveraging owned channels (referral programs).
  • Credit Office - Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Analyzing credit data and financial statement to determine the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money.
    • Preparing reports that include the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money
    • Conferring with credit association and other business representatives to exchange credit information
    • Generating financial ratios, using computer programs, to evaluate customers’ financial status
  • Research - IIP interns will contribute to Liwwa's efforts to understand the drivers of job and income growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.Their current projects range from micro-economic studies on the local impact of Liwwa loans, to macroeconomic research on how oil prices affect the Jordanian credit cycle, to experimental studies estimating the demand for Islamic finance products in the United Arab Emirates. Responsibilities will be tailored to each candidate's skills and interests, but may include:
    • Developing new research ideas, hypotheses, and study designs.
    • Reviewing and synthesizing existing research.
    • Performing quantitative data analysis and econometric modeling.
    • Synthesizing research findings into papers, presentations and blog posts.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in economics, politics or other social sciences are encouraged to apply. IIP candidates should be self-starters with strong leadership and communication skills, who can show flexibility in terms of the projects they manage. A basic understanding of Fintech is preferred. An interest in Arabic culture and language would be an asset. For the research position, familiarity with quantitative research methods would be an asset. For the credit office position, spoken and written fluency in Arabic is required since the credit officer intern will be assessing borrower documents that are all in Arabic.


Dates / Deadlines:
This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.
This program is currently not accepting applications.