Jefferies is also focused on external diversity efforts through partnerships with student organizations:
Urban Leadership Fellows Program (ULF) - This organization is committed to introducing graduating New York City public and parochial high school seniors to the finance industry through paid internships, mentoring and training. In partnership with ULF, Jefferies Municipal Securities welcomes high school seniors as summer interns annually.
The Dormitory Authority of the State of the New York Public Finance Diversity Fellowship Program (DASNY) – This organization aims to build a financial services industry that better reflects the people it serves, and to create and strengthen opportunities to advance diversity and inclusion within the workforce. Jefferies applies to DASNY’s lottery program annually to sponsor a college student for a 6-month fellowship term.
Student Sponsor Partners (SSP) – This program pairs low-income New York City high school students with a sponsor who provides financial support, and mentors who offer support and guidance, thus making a meaningful impact on their lives. Every student’s high school tuition is funded for four years. Jefferies employees sponsor and mentor students from the SSP organization.
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) – Jefferies’ London office works with this charitable organization which seeks to improve academic and career opportunities for students from minority backgrounds (gender/race/low income family backgrounds). With sponsorship from employers, SEO offers education, training, inspiration and mentoring to approximately 400 students a year, who are successfully accepted onto their banking program, to help prepare them for a career in Investment Banking. Once they have completed the structured training program and gain employment, they become mentors to the next intake of students (typically those at the end of their UK high school education).