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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 - Finance Impact Consultant Professional opportunity

    As Central America’s first Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Alterna aims to catalyze social entrepreneurship from the ground up and envisions a world in which the opportunity to ignite positive change exists in every context. Using a methodology, which has been created the last 5 years based on hands-on experience with social enterprises and entrepreneurs in the region, Alterna has cultivated over 700 local entrepreneurs through its different “cultivation programs™” (business support, training and consulting services). 
     
    JOB DESCRIPTION  
     Alterna is in search of a professional with solid experience to join and to strengthen the Cultivation Team as we continue our work leading the Central American Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship sector.    Our Finance Impact Consultant will be part of 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 especially in finance strategies.   
     
    Your specific responsibilities will include:
    • Design, implementation and validation of cultivation strategies, materials, tools and activities to help our client entrepreneurs develop relevant financial strategies  
    • Create financial projection models for businesses across sectors
    • Support clients in creating integrated growth models based on justifiable expansion strategies, capital needs evaluations, operational planning and other relevant external/internal factors
    • Analyze cost structures, pricing strategies and other aspects of financial and strategic management to improve financial sustainability
    • Facilitate training on investment search best practices and on the requirements for obtaining enterprise financing at all stages of the enterprise growth cycle 

    JOB BENEFITS  
    The salary package will be defined depending on the candidate´s experience and profile.   
    The following benefits are included:  
    • Gain real world exposure to innovative approaches, ideas and best practices in the areas of Impact Investing and social entrepreneurship, including key contextual insights on what the entrepreneurial process consists of in Central America.  
    • Connect with key actors in the social entrepreneurship field through Alterna’s network and open and expand your career trajectory.  
    • Work with an international team of young and passionate professionals.
    • Be immersed in the vibrancy of Guatemalan culture.  

  • Alterna

    Guatemala - Marketing Impact Consultant Professional opportunity

    As Central America’s first Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Alterna aims to catalyze social entrepreneurship from the ground up and envisions a world in which the opportunity to ignite positive change exists in every context. Using a methodology, which has been created the last 5 years based on hands-on experience with social enterprises and entrepreneurs in the region, Alterna has cultivated over 700 local entrepreneurs through its different “cultivation programs™” (business support, training and consulting services).  
     
    JOB DESCRIPTION  
     Alterna is in search of a professional with solid experience to join and to strengthen the Cultivation Team as we continue our work leading the Central American Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship sector.   Our Marketing Impact Consultant will be part of 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 especially in marketing strategies.  
     
    Your specific responsibilities will include:
    • Design, implementation and validation of Cultivation strategies, materials, tools and activities to help our client entrepreneurs develop relevant commercial strategies including market analysis, client profiling, segmentation, and client procurement approaches.
    • Conduct sectorial market research and competitive landscape analysis including price points, positioning and differentiation evaluations.
    • Investigate new/innovative sales channels and how to activate those channels to increase the growth potential and facilitate deeper market penetration for our client entrepreneurs.
    • Evaluate merchandising approaches and investigate best practices in product presentation.
    • Analyze existing communication channels and design relevant communication and branding strategies within defined client segments. 

    JOB BENEFITS  
    The salary package will be defined depending on the candidate´s experience and profile.  
     
    The following benefits are included:
    • Gain real world exposure to innovative approaches, ideas and best practices in the areas of Impact Investing and social entrepreneurship, including key contextual insights on what the entrepreneurial process consists of in Central America.
    • Connect with key actors in the social entrepreneurship field through Alterna’s network and open and expand your career trajectory.
    • Work with an international team of young and passionate professionals.
    • Be immersed in the vibrancy of Guatemalan culture.

  • Sadhna

    India - Business Development Internship

    Sadhna was established in 1988 to provide alternative incomes for women in Udaipur’s rural, tribal and urban slum belts. As these communities were not dependent on agriculture, handicraft was chosen to be introduced to them. Sadhna taught Patchwork, Appliqué and Tanka embroidery skills to the women for them to earn a secure living. Today, Sadhna provides continuous training to women artisans to improve their skills, a support network to them in their villages and a respectable position in their family and society.

    Sadhna's work has catalyzed a noticeable change in the lives of its artisans, who once were not even exposed to their own villages. Today these women artisans are confident enough to make their own decisions within the family as well as in different socio-political groups. Economic empowerment has also created a marked difference in their awareness towards education, healthcare, social status and family life.


    Intern Responsibilities:

    • Conduct market research in EU, US, and UK markets to explore new clients 
    • Identify products suitable for target markets
    • Analyze current products and suggest modifications and/or innovations
    • Conduct reporting activities


  • Kalanjium Thozhilagam Limited (KTL)

    India - Business and Marketing Internship

    Kalanjium Thozhilagam Limited (KTL) is a development enterprise for the poor and is the business initiative of DHAN Foundation. KTL specializes in supporting the livelihood activities of poor in the following six areas, namely agricultural commodities, bio-agri inputs, medicinal and aromatic plants, bio-energy, sea food and handicrafts.  The company seeks to increase the income of the poor people through productivity enhancement, value addition and market linkages without the intervention of middlemen.


    Intern Responsibilities:

    • Develop an understanding of KTL's network of businesses 
    • Evaluate KTL's business plan and provide recommendations for long-term strategic priorities 
    • Conduct marketing research to analyze the potential of new customers or products
    • Assess additional marketing opportunities 

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