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CRA International, Inc. | Washington, District of Columbia
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About Charles River Associates

For over 50 years, Charles River Associates has been a premier consulting firm that offers employees a place to learn from a diverse group of consultants, industry experts, and academics. At CRA you will be exposed to leading minds who use economic, financial, and business analysis to solve complex real world problems for an impressive roster of clients, including major law firms, Fortune 100 companies, and government agencies. Through a collegial environment, formal and informal training opportunities, and a broad array of professional development resources, your experience at CRA will open doors for you as you launch your career.

CRA's Financial Economics practice provides financial institutions, legal teams, and regulators with the experience and quantitative analysis capabilities they need to achieve their objectives in regulatory and litigation matters related to consumer finance and risk management. The practice applies rigorous statistical modeling techniques to matters involving a full spectrum of financial issues, including, among others, credit risk, credit scoring, lending discrimination, loan servicing, mortgage securitization, indirect auto lending, credit cards, and student lending. In addition, the Financial Economics practice provides assistance in model validation and model development for matters relating to market risk, model risk, and operation risk. The litigation matters involve many of the same underlying issues, and often include analyses of damages. The Financial Economics practice provides regulatory reviews involving federal financial regulatory agencies, including the CFPB, FRB, OCC, FDIC and HUD.

Your Responsibilities

All of our practice areas share common themes: conducting sophisticated economic, financial, and strategic analysis in a project based environment; assembling compelling evidence from data and research that support our expert opinions and business recommendations; and working collaboratively with senior-led teams and clients.

The opportunities to contribute to the team in this role may include (but are not limited to):

* Developing financial and economic analyses or valuation models to support case theories
* Developing familiarity with data that serves as input to this analysis, including company financial reporting, regulatory reporting data, and social and economic survey data as well as non-financial measures of organizational performance
* Interacting with clients, typically by participating in telephone calls and Webex sessions
* Programming, model building, and regression analysis using statistical analysis programs such as Stata, SAS, R, and/or Python. Other programming skills used include SQL, Access, and ArcGIS.
* Ensuring reliability of analysis through quality control review

Check out our Analyst's blogs about a typical day at CRA and how you can make an impact!

Your Opportunities

Analysts have the unique opportunity to learn from, and work alongside, some of the most respected scholars, specialists, and industry experts in the world. You will have access to:

* Internal training programs, including
* A weeklong orientation focused on technical skills along with consulting skills and networking (RAC I)
* A second year multi-day session, focused on creative problem solving and communication (RAC II)
* Quarterly Tech Labs taught by in-house experts and affiliated professors
* Graduate School Workshops, featuring small group Q&A with top admissions officers, to learn about graduate school opportunities
* Extracurricular activities where you can take on a leadership role in recruiting, training, and volunteer activities in the local community

Your Qualifications

We are looking for curious, analytical, highly-motivated undergraduates who have majored in economics, finance, data science, mathematics, statistics, or another quantitative discipline. We value knowledge of economic and financial concepts, research experience, quantitative ability, exceptional written and oral communication skills, and a high level of initiative. We expect Analysts to use data to solve client problems, work collaboratively with a team, effectively manage their time and prioritize tasks, and take pride and ownership in their work.

To be considered for this position, we require the following:

* A cover letter - please describe your interest in CRA and how the role matches your goals.
* Resume - please include current address, email, and phone number
* Transcript - may be unofficial
* Letters of reference

Charles River Associates is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (EEO/AAE): Minority/Female/Veteran/Disabled.

About CRA International, Inc.

CRA International, Inc. is an economic, financial, and management consulting services firm. It works with businesses, law firms, accounting firms and governments in providing advice and a range of services around the world. The Company offers services to its clients in matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, new product introductions, strategy and capital investment decisions, and complex litigation. The Company's business is diversified across multiple dimensions, including service offerings, vertical industry coverage, areas of functional expertise, client base and geography. Through 26 offices located around the world, it provides multiple services across 25 areas of functional expertise to clients across 18 vertical industries. On March 24, 2008, the Company sold the majority of its Australian-based operations. In 2008, the Company discontinued its capital projects and legal business consulting services. (Source: 10-K)

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