CDFIs and Universities

  • Learn more about how CDFIs and universities can work together

  • to provide opportunity for all.



The community development financial institution (CDFI) industry aligns capital with justice. It’s led by mission-driven organizations across the country working in low-income, low-wealth, and other communities underserved by mainstream finance. This is a growing movement, with countless opportunities for students, professors, and administrators to get involved. We invite you to join us!

Explore the tabs at the right to learn more about entry-level careers in the industry, download an outreach packet for university communities to bring the movement to campus, and find additional resources to learn more about how universities work with the CDFI industry.


Interested in working in the CDFI Industry? CDFIs operate in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and are constantly on the lookout for passionate and talented individuals from a variety of majors who are committed to their mission.

Learn more about CDFI career opportunities for students below.

Entry Level Positions

CDFI Industry Jobs and Internships


The CDFI Outreach Packet contains a series of documents and tools that students, professors, career counselors, and university administrators can use to raise awareness about the CDFI industry at their universities.

  1. Introductory Cover Letter

  2. What is a CDFI and Who is OFN?

  3. About the CDFI Industry for Students

  4. Entry Level Careers in the CDFI Industry

  5. OFN Member Profile

  6. Borrower Story

  7. Additional Resources


Some universities and educational institutions have already partnered and collaborated with CDFIs. You can find some additional resources about those collaborations below.

Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry Course

Led by OFN in partnership with University of New Hampshire's Carsey School of Public Policy, the Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry course was designed for practitioners interested in expanding their knowledge about CDFI industry basics. The goal of the certificate course is to develop the knowledge and capacity of community development finance professionals so they can help expand their organizations’ capacity and impact.

The Carsey School also offers eligible employees of OFN and OFN member CDFIs and allies a $2,500 Education Award to pursue its Master in Community Development Policy and Practice degree program. 

Bridging the Talent Divide: Creating a Pathway to the Opportunity Finance Industry for College and University Students

New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business and OFN collaborated to design and implement an innovative talent development program, titled the Opportunity Finance Program, for undergraduate business students who are interested in learning about careers in the CDFI industry. This paper discusses the program structure and lessons learned.

Partnerships for Community Impact: Higher Education and CDFIs working together

OFN partnered with The Jessie Ball duPont Fund to encourage colleges and universities to explore innovative investments in their communities, using the financial resources of higher education and the lending expertise of CDFIs.