CDFIs and Universities

  • The opportunity finance movement aligns capital with justice.

  • Learn more about how CDFIs and universities can work together

  • to provide opportunity. For all.



The opportunity finance movement aligns capital with justice. It’s led by mission-driven community development financial institutions (CDFIs) 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 opportunity finance 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 careers in opportunity finance for students below.

Entry Level Positions

CDFI Industry Jobs and Internships


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

  1. Introductory Cover Letter

  2. What is a CDFI and what is OFN?

  3. About Opportunity Finance Industry for Students

  4. Entry Level Careers in the CDFI Industry

  5. Member Profile

  6. Borrower Story

  7. Case Study

  8. Resources


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

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 opportunity finance industry. This paper discuss the program structure and lessons learned.

Download the paper here.

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 community development financial institutions.

Download the paper here.

Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry

OFN is partnering with the Carsey School of Public Policy at The University of New Hampshire to offer a training, Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry, with the objective of developing the knowledge and capacity of new and recent entrants into the opportunity finance industry.