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Intern profile: Khiet (Grace) Ly

9 July 2024

Altiorem partners with universities to host passionate student interns interested in expanding their skills in sustainable finance. In this post, we are profiling one our interns, Khiet (Grace) Ly.

Tell us a bit about yourself?


I’m Grace, I’m studying in Monash University and I am a Math nerd. I am a Monash University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and I have a fervent curiosity spanning diverse interests, including sustainable finance topics. My passion for mathematic intertwines seamlessly with a deep-seated commitment to sustainability, driving my exploration of their intersection.

What attracted you to Altiorem?   


I was looking for a chance to learn about sustainable finance and cooperate with a professional in a research project. When I looked at the topics in the library my initial interests included possible projects on carbon intensive industries, energy solution and decarbonisation, materials sourcing, corporate ESG management, risk management, systemic management and biased media.

How have you found the experience? How was it relevant to your studies


It was lovely. Everyone is supportive. While sustainable finance itself is not completely relevant to my studies, I enjoyed my time here learning about sustainable finance topics and doing research, which I loved as research skills are transferable. The project I worked on was around framing and language for effective climate conversations which opened my eyes around the importance of framing points of view and using language that is relevant to the audience you’re speaking with, which I think could be very helpful in my future career.


What is the most interesting piece of research you have come across?


While this research isn’t in the Altiorem library, it was used in the Expert Guide I worked on. Conservatism and the neural circuitry of threat: economic conservatism predicts greater amygdala–BNST connectivity during periods of threat vs safety. I think it struck a cord with me, as I have never imagined that the political decisions of someone can largely be impacted by the structure of their brains – really fascinating research.

What would you say to other people thinking about contributing to Altiorem 

Totally go for it!

Interested in interning?