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The lower segments of the income pyramid are a diverse and viable market. Opportunities for graduates skilled in building and running Base of Pyramid businesses are equally diverse: ranging from locally-owned social enterprises and SMEs, non-profits and development organizations, to impact investment firms and multinationals seeking to expand their footprint to low-income markets. Business Schools for Impact internships reflect this diversity and are available in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


Professional opportunities

  • Mzungu Project

    DR Congo (Work from home) - Social Media Internship

    Mzungu Project is a collective education project that aims to build schools in under-served regions of the world. It was born out of the quest of one individual to provide a future to poor children in remote areas and war torn countries, proving that one person can make a difference in Africa. One of the best ways of making a difference is by pulling the trigger on one of the most powerful weapons against underdevelopment: Education. Following a successful career in business, Jose Antonio Ruiz Diez, a native of Spain, independently built a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a few years ago in an effort to give back. That endeavor inspired many, and now he has created this collective education project in the hope of building even more schools for children in need.   

    Additional information on the Mzungu Project can be found on:

    Intern Responsibilities:

    • Advance social media strategies unique to each social media platform, including the current outlets of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and organizational blog.
    • Develop engaging communications to be marketed through social media channels that are tailored by audience
    • Design social media campaigns and incorporate multimedia applications
    • Follow peers to understand what is popular in the network and suggest how Mzungu Project might also benefit from certain similar approaches 
    • Track industry and landscape developments to ensure recent news or trends are taken into consideration in strategy development
    • Make other communications and/or marketing suggestions

  • Alterna

    Guatemala - Business Cultivation Fellowship Other

    Alterna’s Fellowship
    Program is a trampoline for professionals who want to be on the frontline of
    the emerging fourth sector—social entrepreneurship. Our
    Fellowship Program is designed to bring top talent from the most innovative
    firms, universities and organizations worldwide to get hands-on experience
    working with local entrepreneurs who lack access to high-quality business services
    and with Alterna's leadership to maximize our impact
    and sustainability.

    Over the course of 6-10 months, Business
    Cultivation Fellows provide support to social entrepreneurs in various phases
    of businesses development, accompanying them and guiding them through the
    riskiest phases of launching a business. Utilizing a methodology built from
    five years of launching our own social businesses and working directly with
    entrepreneurs in the community, our Fellows have successfully helped launch and
    scale over 500 social businesses and have worked with almost 600 entrepreneurs
    in Guatemala.

    As Central America’s first Center for Social Innovation and
    Entrepreneurship, Alterna aims to catalyze social entrepreneurship from the
    ground up, and we envision a world in which the opportunity to ignite positive
    change exists in every context. Our talent is the key to achieving our mission,
    and we’re currently recruiting fellows on
    an ongoing basis to take on new projects in different phases of development.

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    Cultivation Fellows support Alterna’s team in the cultivation process with
    entrepreneurs and businesses of various sectors and development stages,
    supporting them in business model development, market analysis, strategic and
    financial planning, social impact maximization plans, and beyond. Our Fellows
    play a hands-on role in converting potential entrepreneurs into change makers
    and creating an ecosystem of social entrepreneurship from the ground up in
    Guatemala.


    Your scope of work will be tailored to fit your profile,
    after a deep assessment of your experience, skills and interest during the
    recruiting process. Your specific responsibilities can include:


    •      Facilitate business training workshops;
    including coordinating sessions, being a lead facilitator, managing logistics,
    following up with entrepreneurs and leading client relationship work
    •      Support entrepreneurs as they develop their
    business models and action plans, helping them assess and achieve their
    strategic goals for development
    •      Develop, build out and analyze social impact
    strategies for local entrepreneurs aiming to make a positive impact in their
    community
    •      Design expansion plans for advanced stage
    entrepreneurs, conducting market research, risk analyses and cost-benefit
    analyses with local experts and entrepreneurs
    •      Evaluate and develop Alterna's internal strategy
    and consulting methodology, helping to adjust and improve our cultivation
    program based on field experience
    •      Work directly with Alterna’s senior team to implement Cultivation program development, including
    identifying, cultivating and retaining relationships and partnerships that lead
    to pipelines of qualified entrepreneurs
    •     
    Collect and produce content for Monitoring and Evaluation reports,
    measure and evaluate the social impact of clients' businesses
    •      Conduct research about innovative approaches,
    ideas and best practices in the areas of Impact Investing and Social
    Entrepreneurship
    •      Assist in the program development to identify,
    attract and retain new and ongoing relationships and partnerships to source
    Alterna with highly qualified mentors, fellows, and interns
  • Alterna

    Guatemala - Business Cultivation Fellowship Internship

    Business
    Cultivation Fellows support Alterna’s permanent team in the “cultivation”
    process targeted at entrepreneurs and businesses of various sectors and
    development stages, supportijhgng them in creating and strengthening their
    business and impact models. Your specific responsibilities will be tailored to
    fit your profile and can include:

    • Preparing and facilitating business training workshops using Alterna’s
    methodology, advising and following up with entrepreneurs


    • Co-designing strategic expansion plans for entrepreneurs, conducting market
    research, risk evaluations and cost-benefit analyses with local experts and
    entrepreneurs

    •Evaluating and reinforcing Alterna’s tiered cultivation methodology, helping to
    adjust and improve our cultivation program based on prior experience and that
    gained while participating in the fellowship


    • Analyzing social impact strategies and helping entrepreneurs to expand and
    measure their impact
  • Alterna

    Guatemala - Business Cultivation Fellowship Internship

    Business
    Cultivation Fellows support Alterna’s permanent team in the “cultivation”
    process targeted at entrepreneurs and businesses of various sectors and
    development stages, supporting them in creating and strengthening their
    business and impact models. Your specific responsibilities will be tailored to
    fit your profile and can include:



    Preparing and facilitating business training workshops using Alterna’s
    methodology, advising and following up with entrepreneurs



    Co-designing strategic expansion plans for entrepreneurs, conducting market
    research, risk evaluations and cost-benefit analyses with local experts and
    entrepreneurs



    Evaluating and reinforcing Alterna’s tiered cultivation methodology, helping to
    adjust and improve our cultivation program based on prior experience and that
    gained while participating in the fellowship



    Analyzing social impact strategies and helping entrepreneurs to expand and
    measure their impact
  • Alterna

    Guatemala - Fellowship Program Development Associate Other

    Alterna’s Fellowship
    Program is a trampoline for professionals who want to be on the frontline of
    the emerging fourth sector—social entrepreneurship.
    Our Fellowship Program is designed to bring top talent from the most innovative
    firms, universities and organizations worldwide to get hands-on experience
    working with local entrepreneurs who lack access to high-quality business services and with Alterna's leadership to maximize our impact and sustainability.
    Utilizing a methodology built from five years of launching our
    own social businesses and working directly with entrepreneurs in the community,
    our Fellows have successfully helped launch and scale over 500 social businesses
    and have worked with almost 600 entrepreneurs in Guatemala.
    As Central America’s first Center for
    Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Alterna aims to catalyze transformative
    entrepreneurship from the ground up, and we envision a world in which the
    opportunity to ignite positive change exists in every context. Our talent is
    the key to achieving our mission, and we’re currently recruiting fellows on an
    ongoing basis to take on new projects in different phases of development.



    JOB DESCRIPTION
    Alterna is looking for an experienced professional to support Alterna's leadership in the development of
    the Fellowship program, with the goal of making it the most attractive and
    selective Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program in Latin America. This
    fellow will contribute directly to the process of identifying new pipelines of fellows through strategic partnerships and promotion tactics, managing the full recruiting
    process, maximizing the quality of the Fellows' experience during their time at
    Alterna, and implementing a post-fellowship cultivation strategy that engages
    potential, current and previous fellows. Through developing and guiding the
    organization’s recruitment and
    retention action plan, this person will form a crucial part of Alterna’s operations team
    and growth strategy. Specifically, you will:
    •     
    Build and scale a full-service Fellowship program to staff and support
    Alterna’s operations
    •     
    Analyze current and future needs of Fellow
    profiles with Alterna's leadership team
    •     
    Refine the value proposition for Fellows designing a rich and valuable
    experience on both a professional and personal level
    •     
    Identify, attract and retain new and ongoing relationships and
    partnerships to source Alterna with highly qualified fellows, and interns
    •     
    Build and implement a development strategy to secure funding for 5-7
    fellows year-round
    •     
    Lead the process of recruiting, interviewing and on-boarding new fellows
    •     
    Refine and implement a post-fellowship engagement strategy alongside the
    Communications Manager and development team

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