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Field Placements

I’ve loved learning about the startup environment, the issues startups face, the time and resource constraints. It’s not like the corporate world where you have departments doing the work for you - you have to be resourceful, you do not have the luxury of time to research the best approach, you’ve got to just get in there and figure it out.

 - Albert Wong, FMS Fellow at One Degree Solar

The Fellowship Experience

Get ready to embark on one of the most professionally and personally rewarding experiences of your career. As an FMS Fellow you will join a network of nearly 300 impact-driven professionals who share your passion and dedication to solving today’s most intractable social problems through social enterprise and impact investment.

Ready to get started? Here is a snapshot of what you can expect on the first part of this exciting journey.

Program Welcome (Webinar and Fellow Handbook)

The FMS Fellowship begins with an online webinar to welcome participants to the program and to provide an overview of what to expect during the upcoming placement process. Fellows will receive a welcome packet and handbook prior to the webinar that they should review beforehand. Other topics that will be covered during this webinar include:

  • Fundraising strategies
  • Developing a personal pitch and prepping for one-to-one consultations
  • Tips on interviewing and following up with employers
The Placement Process (2-4 months)

The placement process is where the fellowship learning experience really begins. Although this can be a nerve-wracking time for fellows as they wonder where they will be placed, we see huge successes from fellows who can clearly express their professional goals, build relationships, and above all, are truly adventurous and able to accept ambiguity with a positive attitude. Our team works with fellows to prepare them for their interviews and coaches them throughout the placement process.

The placement process is broken up into three main phases:

Applicant Review and Initial Fellowship Alignment

  • Qualified candidates interview with a member of the FMS team for a final screening phone call before acceptance.

  • After acceptance to the program, FMS fellowship candidates review and rank top 5 preferences from available position listings. Matching should be linked directly to specific career goals and appropriately aligned practical skills. 
  • Fellowship candidates develop a personal pitch for FMS hiring partners. 

Matching Process
(May – July)

  • The FMS team recommends each fellow to top 5 match preferences, based on experience, skills, and career goals.
  • Partners receive the list of recommended candidates at which point partners short-list which fellows they would like to interview.
  • The FMS team introduces selected fellows to placement partners. 

(May – July)

  • Once introductions are made it is up to the placement partner and fellows to arrange a time for an interview.
  • Fellows are guaranteed at least 3 interviews with prospective employers.
  • Jobs are offered at the partner’s discretion.
  • Once an offer is made fellows and employers must sign a copy of the agreed upon job description and submit to the FMS team.
Pre-Departure Orientation (Webinar and Course Materials)

This webinar will take place 4-6 weeks prior to the 2-week certificate training in Amsterdam and Monterey and will focus on training logistics (flights, accommodation, travel insurance, important contacts, training agenda and readings). Former Fellows will join the conversation to provide guidance on what fellows can expect during the training and tips on how to get the most out of the experience.

Two-week certificate training (Amsterdam or Monterey)

Prior to departing on their field assignments, Fellows participate in an intensive, two-week certificate training that prepares fellows for 2-12 month field assignments with social enterprises and impact investment foundations in the US and abroad. The FMS training is an incredible opportunity to network with leading practitioners in the field and professional peers – you will be busy!

Field Assignments (US and Global Locations, 2-12 months)

Two to four weeks following the FMS training, Fellows embark on field assignments with social enterprises and impact investment foundations in the US and abroad. While on assignment, fellows provide due diligence for investors and technical assistance for entrepreneurs to discover innovations, improve business processes, attract investments and promote sustainable business models.

Cultivating a Professional Portfolio

An important aspect to launching your career in the impact space is developing visibility and a compelling professional portfolio that serves as tangible evidence of your skills and capabilities. Blogs provide a great platform to capture your experience, demonstrate expertise and showcase specific projects or initiatives you’ve spearheaded in the field. During the fellowship, fellows are required to submit a series of deliverables via their blog that will contribute to the development of their professional portfolios.

Career Support and Peer Mentoring
  • Global Impact Chats (Webinars): In the field FMS Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in a series of Global Impact Chat webinars with other fellows and mentors to share experiences, lessons-learned and innovative strategies to maximize impact and cultivate resilience while on assignment. Topics will also cover job search tips and strategies for fellows transitioning out of their placements.
  • Reflection Interviews: As fellows transition out of the field they will have the opportunity to participate in a reflection interview with a member of the FMS team. Interviews provide fellows with the opportunity to reflect on their key achievements and lessons learned; to provide the FMS team with any critical feedback about their placement or training; and indicate what kinds of career support FMS can provide moving forward.