Opportunities in Investments & Finance: Meet Colette Chilton!

Are you eager to learn about investing?  Or are interested in non-profits and want to understand how endowments support their mission?   Have you thought about a potential career in finance, and want to learn the difference between asset management and investment banking?  The Williams College Investment Office’s student programs are for you!

The Investment Office looks for passionate, smart, and intellectually curious people of all academic, professional, and personal backgrounds, including those without any economics or finance experience.  Our Winter Study Class (ECON 23 – Investing with Purpose: The Planning and Practice of Endowment Investing) and Summer Analyst Internship program are designed to introduce students to investing and equip students with key industry knowledge and skills, while also providing the opportunity to support the college.

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please join Collette Chilton, Chief Investment Officer, at Jenness House on Wednesday, October 6th from 12:00-1:00 PM for a presentation about the Investment Office.

As a bit of background, the Investment Office is based in Boston and invests the college’s over $3.5 billion endowment to provide support for current and future generations of students.  Below are a few points to put our work in context:

  1. The endowment is critical to the college, supporting over 50% of annual operations (e.g. financial aid, compensation, construction).

  2. Since the inception of the Investment Office, the endowment’s outperformance over its benchmark has exceeded the financial aid budget for those academic years.

  3. The endowment is invested globally across a variety of asset classes, including stocks, bonds, real estate, private equity, venture capital, and hedge funds.  The summer investment analyst role and winter study class are generalist opportunities, providing broad exposure to and experience in institutional investing.


The summer investment analyst program is a paid internship position at the Investment Office in Boston.  Applications are live on Handshake, include a resume, cover letter, and transcript, and due Wednesday, October 6th at 11:59PM.  To apply to the on-campus winter study class, please email your resume (if available) and a short personal statement discussing your interest in the course and what you hope to gain from it to [email protected] by 11:59PM on Sunday, October 24th.

We hope to see you soon!