This summer, several Smith MBA students have been interning at startups through the Hisaoka Fellowship program. Hisaoka fellows are awarded a $5,000 scholarship if they are able to secure a summer internship with venture capital or angel-funded startups and early stage companies. The Dingman Center interviewed each fellow about their experience.
Ashish Agarwal – MPower Financing
Tell us about MPOWER Financing. What is the company’s mission and core competencies?
MPOWER’s mission is to remove financial barriers to higher education in the U.S. To accomplish this mission, MPOWER works with investors and universities to lend to high-potential students who are left out by traditional banks. In addition to providing students with access to the financial resources necessary to attend and complete college, MPOWER builds students’ credit histories, provides them with personal finance education, and offers gateway financial products to prepare them for life after college.
Tell us about your responsibilities thus far at MPOWER Financing?
My responsibilities at MPOWER included:
- Understanding MPOWER’s product inside and out
- Managing key operations processes and critically thinking about opportunities for improvements
- Drawing insights based on our data sets to promote efficiency and influence decisions for the MPOWER team