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Get hands-on experience starting on your first day.

An internship with CPP Investments is a unique opportunity to grow your skills, make a difference and gain world-class experience with an industry leader. If you’re a student looking for a great work experience during the summer, fall and winter terms, or even a full 12-months, we want to hear from you.

 

The opportunity

 

We offer a wide range of internship programs across most of our departments, all designed to teach you functional industry skills and equip you with tools for long-term success. Many of these positions can be converted to full-time roles.

 

At CPP Investments, you’ll work in a dynamic culture of collaboration, innovation and excellence. With responsibilities from day one and interaction with talented professionals from around the world, your experience will be both challenging and rewarding. We deliberately seek to attract students from a wide range of educational backgrounds and different levels of experience, which fosters a welcoming, inclusive environment and a richer, more diverse workplace. Our leaders at all levels are engaged, accessible and committed to listening to every team member, and trusting them with meaningful work. This dynamic translates into immediate and unparalleled learning on a global stage.

 

You will be busy from Day One. The program begins with a week-long orientation, and includes a robust menu of programming, including our annual case competition and our Speaker Series, with each session focusing on a different aspect of our culture. You’ll frequently engage with fellow interns and be able to explore more about CPP Investments, while gaining valuable exposure to senior leadership across the firm. You’ll also advance your knowledge and expertise through skills-based training and stimulating on-the-job assignments.

 

Interviewing

 

Our interview process for interns is designed to help you carefully assess the role and find the right fit for your career aspirations. The process usually features two rounds of interviews and includes behavioral and case questions.

 

Our internship programs are an opportunity to discover what a career at CPP Investments can be, but the ultimate value of your internship here depends on how much you invest in your role. That’s why we strongly encourage you to bring your full self to work, and take every opportunity to learn and excel while building a solid professional foundation for your future.

Discover Capital Markets

This program was developed specifically for women in undergraduate programs who are interested in quantitative analysis, and curious about broad business issues and career opportunities in capital markets and portfolio management.

Quantitative analysis uses mathematical and statistical modeling to better understand the behaviour and performance of a business, and making informed decisions through available data and technology.

We offer a formal training curriculum especially designed for this program, equipping students with industry background and technical skills (capital markets fundamentals, core financial concepts, Excel, VBA, Python, Bloomberg, etc.) and business training (general business acumen, business writing, presentation skills and relationship building). Formal training is complemented by on-the-job apprenticeship and mentorship. Students in this track benefit from meaningful networking and learning opportunities with global peers and the senior leadership team.

Participating teams: Students are placed in one group from participating departments: Total Fund ManagementCapital Markets & Factor Investing and Credit Investments.

Eligibility: Female students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and Arts programs within their first- or second year of study, with the exception of students in five-year programs, where third-year students are eligible to apply

Location: Toronto

Program type and timing: Summer internship (May – August)

Advertised: Six months prior to start (December)

Interview process: Two rounds of interviews, combination of behavioural and case questions

Discover Fundamental Investments

This program was developed specifically for women in undergraduate programs who are interested in business issues and curious about investment career opportunities in fundamental analysis.

Fundamental analysis involves research of a company’s financial statements to determine its profit and growth potential and risk profile, and form a view on the fair value of the company.

We offer a formal training curriculum especially designed for this program, equipping students with industry background and technical skills (private and capital markets fundamentals, accounting, financial modeling, etc.) and business training (general business acumen, business writing, presentation skills and relationship building). The formal training is complemented by on-the-job apprenticeship and mentorship. Students in this track benefit from meaningful networking and learning opportunities with peers and the senior leadership team.

Participating teams: Students are placed in one group within the participating departments: Private Equity and Active Equities.

Eligibility: Female undergraduate students in their second year of study, with the exception of students in five-year programs, where third-year students are eligible to apply

Location: Toronto

Program type and timing: Summer internship (May – August)

Advertised:  Six months prior to start (December)

Interview process: Two rounds of interviews, combination of behavioral and case questions

Finance, Analytics and Risk

This program offers four- or eight-month placements in the Finance, Analytics and Risk (FAR) department. Students can join one of four eligible groups within the FAR department: Assurance & Advisory, Finance, Risk and Business Intelligence and Operations. During the recruitment process students will be considered for all groups, however, they will complete the work term in only one group.
This program also offers a four- or eight-month placement to students thinking about pursuing their CPA designations within a CPA Ontario pre-approved team.

Participating teams: Assurance & Advisory, Finance, Risk and Business Intelligence and Operations

Eligibility: Undergraduate program students specializing in accounting or finance who will be returning to school after the work term in any year of study

Location: Toronto

Program type and timing: Four months (Summer, Fall and Winter terms) or eight months combined term

Advertised: Eight months prior to start for the Summer term (August)
Four months prior to start for Fall term (May)
Four months prior to start for Winter term (September)

Interview process: Two rounds of interviews, combination of behavioral and case questions

Fundamental Investments

The Fundamental Investments Program is a summer placement. Interns can join a team in one of the four departments that participate in the Program.

Participating teams cover a wide variety of investment strategies in private and public domains, as well as equity and credit. During the recruitment process candidates are considered for all groups, however, they complete the summer internship in only one group.

This program provides students access to classroom and on-the-job learning where they learn how to analyze and evaluate companies, industries, and private equity fund managers. Fundamental analysis involves research of a company’s financial statements to determine its profit and growth potential, risk profile, and form a view on the fair value of the company. Interns will also have the opportunity to assess a fund managers’ track record, team, strategy, and alignment construct to determine its future return potential.

Students are assigned a manager and mentor to support their classroom training (private and capital markets fundamentals, financial modeling, business writing, presentation skills, etc.) and help them apply their learnings in the working setting. Students in this track benefit from meaningful networking and learning opportunities with peers and the senior leadership team.

Participating teams: Placements will be with teams in these departments : Private EquityReal AssetsCredit Investments and Active Equities.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students in their penultimate year of study

Location: Toronto, London, Hong Kong

Program type and timing: Four months (May – August) in Toronto
Three months (June-August) in London, Hong Kong, New York, and San Francisco

Advertised: Nine months prior to start (September)

Interview process: Two rounds of interviews, combination of behavioral and take-home case questions

Indigenous Student Legal Internship Program

The Indigenous Student Legal Internship Program is for students identifying as Indigenous/Aboriginal Peoples of Canada who are currently enrolled in a Law program in Canada and curious about career opportunities in Legal within the finance and investments industry.
This program provides access to formal and on-the-job training where interns learn how to leverage their problem-solving and communications skills to help the Legal team make critical business decisions. Students join a dynamic team of legal and compliance professionals who engage directly with senior leadership and business units to help them navigate, understand, and comply with legal and regulatory requirements.

Participating teams: Legal department

Eligibility: Students identifying as Indigenous/Aboriginal Peoples of Canada (Status Indian, Non-Status Indian, Inuit, or Métis) working towards a Law Degree in Canada

Location: Toronto

Program type and timing: Summer Internship (May – August)

Advertised: Six months prior to start (December)

Interview process: Two rounds of behavioural interviews

MBA Internship

The Senior Associate Summer Internship program targets top talent emerging from global MBA schools to join us for the summer term, with opportunities for full-time employment after graduation. Placements are available in the Private Equity Department, specifically the Direct Private Equity group. This group focuses on direct investments in private companies through co-sponsorships alongside our private equity fund partners, and strategic investments that do not fit a private equity risk/return framework or are not accessible by private equity funds. The Senior Summer Associate works with a Principal in evaluating potential private equity opportunities, conducting research, developing recommendations, participating in the negotiation and execution of investments and monitoring, and managing investments.

Participating teams: Private Equity

Eligibility: Current full-time MBA students

Location: Toronto, Hong Kong

Program type and timing: Summer internship (June-August)

Advertised: Six months prior to start (December)

Interview process: Two rounds of interviews, combination of behavioral and take-home case

Public Affairs and Communications

Public Affairs and Communications is responsible for the organization’s communications programs and global public affairs, including relationships with domestic and foreign governments, media, and other diverse stakeholder groups. Interns learn continuously on the job and receive training from global industry experts. Students have a direct impact on both global and domestic activities and interact with key internal and external stakeholders, as well as leaders across the organization.

Participating teams: Corporate Affairs, Global Corporate Communications, Global Public Affairs, Knowledge Advantage

Eligibility: Undergraduate and Graduate students

Location: Toronto, London, Hong Kong

Program type and timing: Summer Internship (May or June start date)

Advertised: Six months prior to start (December)

Interview process: Two rounds of behavioural interviews

Quantitative Investing

Quantitative internship opportunities are offered throughout the year for students who have an interest in capital markets, portfolio management, analytics, and programming.
Participating teams are driven by quant decisions, and data analysis is weaved throughout the work they do. Using systematic, discretionary, or a hybrid of the two models, our teams work with large datasets to generate insights for trading and portfolio management. The internship opportunities within these groups provide exposure to the fundamentals of quantitative analysis, mathematical and statistical modeling, and making informed decisions with available data and technology.

Participating teams: Opportunities will be in one of CPP Investments’ participating quantitative Departments: Total Fund ManagementCapital Markets & Factor Investing and Credit Investments.

Eligibility: Students from various disciplines with an interest in developing technical and analytical skills. Bachelor and Graduate degree students are welcome to apply.

Location: Toronto, London, Hong Kong

Program type and timing: Co-ops and Internships (May – August, September – December, January –April), Professional Experience Year

Advertised: Throughout the year

Interview process: Two rounds of interviews, combination of behavioural and case questions, programming challenge to be completed for some roles

Technology & Data

The Technology & Data groups deliver technology, public market operations, data and risk management support, and lead strategy development and business planning for the Fund. This Internship program provides students access to classroom and on-the-job learning using the latest technology. Interns receive continuous support through apprenticeship and mentorship throughout the term and have opportunities to participate in meaningful networking and learning opportunities with peers and our senior leadership team.

Participating teams: Digital Transformation, Information Security & Risk Management, Data & Advanced Analytics, Public Markets Technology & Data Delivery

Eligibility: Students from various disciplines with an interest in developing technical and analytical skills. Bachelor and Graduate degree students are welcome to apply.

Location: Toronto

Program type and timing: Co-ops and Internships, (May – August, September – December, January –April)

Advertised: Throughout the year

Interview process: Two rounds of interviews, combination of behavioral and case questions, programming challenge to be completed for some roles

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