Intern - Valuation Services

Valuation Scottsdale, Arizona


Intern – Valuation Services

This is NOT a summer internship, but a 6 to 12 month assignment. If hired, the desired candidate must be available to work part-time for 15-20 hours per week during the 2020-2021 academic year.

We are looking for an energetic student who enjoys problem solving, aspires to create genuine impact to internal and external clients, and appreciates working through issues ranging from technical finance and accounting to operations and marketing.

With over 60 professionals and experience serving hundreds of publicly traded clients (including 30 Fortune 100 companies), Equity Methods seeks to combine the best of a large professional services firm with the best of an entrepreneurial, technology-enabled company. We work hard in the quest to have high impact and deliver exemplary client service that supports our client retention and overall growth story. We have consistently been rated a Top Company to Work for in Arizona.

About the Successful Candidate

You’ve built a reputation in school as someone who loves problem-solving and learning. You learn quickly, and you enjoy the challenge of doing so. You are interested in career options outside of banking, investments, and audit, and you are looking to gain experience in an environment that blends professional services with technical finance and accounting. Classmates view you as someone who moves quickly and follows through on your commitments.

You enjoyed your finance, economics, and accounting course work. Whether or not you were exposed to programming languages, the idea of learning to build models and automate processes is interesting to you. Learning how to work on a broad range of client and business issues with a diverse team is something you think you would enjoy.

In short, you’re analytical, low on politics, and high on impact.

The ideal candidate should be able to work between 15 and 20 hours a week during the school year. The internship may be extended through the summer and/or following school year; when school is not in session, the internship generally entails 25 to 30 hours a week.

Typical Qualifications

  1. Pursuing a degree in accounting, finance, economics or other quantitative fields. Please be sure your GPA is listed on your résumé.
  2. Knowledge of quantitative finance subjects, such as derivatives valuation, and/or theoretical accounting work involving interpreting accounting standards and designing processes.
  3. Strong detail- and accuracy-orientation. Successful candidate must demonstrate attention to detail with regard to building processes, reviewing technical materials, and performing analyses.
  4. Ability and willingness to think critically and solve “out-of-the-box” problems independently.
  5. Creativity in creating processes and performing work in a way that is efficient and controls risk.
  6. Maturity in internal/external communication and time management.
  7. Desirable: Exposure to SAS or another programming language for high-volume data handling.

The Valuation Services Group at EM

Our award-winning team assists companies with the design and valuation of equity compensation instruments, as well as the fair value measurement of other complex securities. The Equity Methods Valuation Services Group has assisted companies in properly valuing equity awards since 2002, has produced research used by the FASB and SEC and quoted in technical literature, and is constantly innovating to new service areas. As a member in this practice area, you will be exposed to different types of consulting engagements, ranging from data analysis in support of Black-Scholes or binomial lattice option valuations, to custom Monte Carlo simulation model design, to financial modeling and communication strategy in support of compensation design decisions. You will also work with other groups within Equity Methods in support of business goals.

The Intern Role

As an intern at Equity Methods, you will have an opportunity to make real impact to the business, both via supporting consultants on client-facing valuation and advisory projects, and via supporting the marketing and operations functions. As successful interns gain experience and tenure, exposure to more complex and client-facing work increases.

More specific roles and responsibilities include:

  1. Completing our new-hire training program. The training covers our internal processes and algorithms, programming tools, and industry and client engagement background.
  2. Supporting valuation and advisory consulting engagements, which requires competencies in financial modeling, critical data analysis, and quantitative finance. Requires demonstrating excellent attention to detail and collaborating with experienced consultants to ensure client expectations are met.
  3. Support in various practice initiatives related to risk management, practice development, and research.
  4. Support marketing, operations, and other groups in executing initiatives, gaining insight into other areas of running the business beyond client service.