Steppingstone Scholars’ Inveniam Equity Internship Program Expands in Year Two, Accelerated by $1 Million Leadership Gift by Hirtle, Callaghan & Co. and Seven New Business Partners

PHILADELPHIA CREAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Steppingstone Scholars (Steppingstone) today announced the selection of 20 students for its summer 2022 Inveniam Equity Internship Program. The internship program was launched as a pilot program in the summer of 2021 as part of Steppingstone Inveniam, a one-of-a-kind STEM Equity and Innovation Lab with Penn Engineering. Through summer internships, financial services firms partner with Steppingstone to provide critical opportunities, career access, education, experience and sponsorship to black and brown students interested in pursuing careers in underserved industries. -represented, including private equity, investment management and venture capital.

This second cohort of 20 Inveniam Equity interns more than doubles the number of student participants from its pilot year. Steppingstone’s ability to scale and expand this program was facilitated by a transformational $1 million gift from Hirtle, Callaghan & Co (Hirtle Callaghan), a longtime partner of the educational nonprofit. As Steppingstone’s founding Inveniam Equity partner in financial services, this generous investment specifically supports the growth of Steppingstone’s workforce; pre-university and college-level courses for scholarship recipients focusing on general business, finance, and investment management; expansion of the current Inveniam Equity Internship program; creation of a high school internship program; and the development of programs to educate and encourage high school students to apply to college as business/finance majors.

More importantly, Hirtle Callaghan’s investment sends an important message to his industry: change will not happen without risk, innovation and a long-term commitment to creating pathways for students excluded from career opportunities. With Hirtle Callaghan’s leadership – and his encouragement to other professional services firms – Steppingstone will match its 20 Inveniam Equity interns with opportunities this summer at the following companies:

  • dakota

  • FS investments

  • Hamilton Lane

  • Hirtle, Callaghan & Co.

  • Janney Montgomery Scott

  • ANC

  • UTE

  • Avant-garde

“We are thrilled to support the essential work Steppingstone is doing to tackle inequality and create sustainable pathways to a career in financial services,” said Jonathan Hirtle, Founder and Executive Chairman of Hirtle Callaghan. “Great companies work hard to access great talent, always and everywhere. The Philadelphia area’s leading investment and financial services organizations come together to create an effective pipeline in the diverse talent of our community. This is a start, a call to action for our industry. We must do more and we can do it better together.

The program will begin at the end of May when all Inveniam Equity interns will participate in a “prep week” at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. After the prep week, all interns will have paid work experience, including one-on-one coaching and other structured guidance from senior executives in their respective companies. Participating companies will establish individual programs, hands-on projects and unique goals for each intern. Since its inception, one of the main differentiators of the Inveniam Equity Internship has been its emphasis on sponsorship and not just mentoring. Active engagement and guidance from senior management to help younger employees navigate work and organizational culture has proven critical to access and opportunity in the workplace and industry.

Steppingstone is proud to announce its 2022 class of Inveniam Equity Interns (Alphabetically by last name):

  1. Dawud Alexander, Temple University, Hirtle Callaghan

  2. Daniel Calderon Andrade, Temple University, SEI Tech and Investments

  3. Ibrahima Bah, Temple University, Hirtle Callaghan

  4. Derrickah Brown, Dickinson College, FS Investments

  5. Anaya Cherry, Drexel University, FS Investments

  6. Siani Cook, West Chester, Dakota

  7. Jalen Gopie, Sacred Heart University, Hamilton Lane

  8. Jade Harris, Temple University, Janney

  9. Cobree Hooper, Lincoln University, Hamilton Lane

  10. Musarrat Hossain, Temple University, Vanguard

  11. Mahmoud Ibrahim, Temple University, SEI Tech and investments

  12. Saleh Ibrahim, Temple University, Hirtle Callaghan

  13. Brandon Jasmine, Temple University, Vanguard

  14. Sean Johnson, La Salle University, Janney

  15. Pamela Bonifacio Lara, Temple University, Dakota

  16. Raul Mendoza, Temple University, FS Investments

  17. Demetryah Monk, Temple University, PNC

  18. Nneka Nwosu, Temple University, FS Investments

  19. Massiel Del Orbe, Albright College, PNC

  20. Terrick Whitters, Albright College, Hirtle Callaghan

“The Inveniam Equity Internship Program aims to provide students with opportunities that will drive professional growth and be a real catalyst for economic mobility,” said Chris Chaplin, the recently appointed Inveniam Program Director, who brings more than 15 years of experience. experience as a Steppingstone educator, program manager and post-secondary advisor. “Through the intense, collegial partnership of Philadelphia-based financial services firms, we can accelerate the expansion of this program by developing new relationships and high-level professional experiences for future internships while connecting with high school students. to highlight financial services as a real way forward for them.

Companies and/or students interested in learning more about the Inveniam Equity Internship Program are encouraged to contact Chris Chaplin at

About Steppingstone Fellows:

Since 1999, Steppingstone Scholars has used equity as a driving force to provide underserved students in Philadelphia, especially Black and Latino students, with sustainable access to academic and career opportunities. Through constant commitment, guidance and programming, Steppingstone serves students aged 10-24 by creating pathways from college to university and career. These are the pathways that too many students and families still cannot see or access—and the only pathways by which a stronger, more equitable Philadelphia can be achieved. For more information on Steppingstone Scholars, please visit: Follow Steppingstone Scholars on social media: SteppingstoneScholars Inc on Facebook, @steppingstonescholars on Instagram and Steppingstone Scholars on LinkedIn.

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