FMS offers 6-month or 2-month (summer only) field placements for graduate students and professionals with leading social enterprise development and impact investment firms around the world.
Village Capital operates social enterprise accelerators around the world. Frontier Market Scouts assist Village Capital in either managing / setting-up existing accelerator programs, or searching for new potential accelerator opportunities around the globe. Scouts spend 6 months on the ground working to connect social entrepreneurs with impact investors and providing them with the tools they need to successfully complete the accelerator process.
Core to the Shell Foundation model is its “more than money” approach. In particular, efforts are made to support the human resource requirements of its partners, all of which are continuously seeking strong talent. A number of 6-month internship opportunities are available in 2014 with Shell Foundation’s energy and SME finance partners in India and Africa, including Husk Power Systems (India and Africa), and IntelleGrow (India). Apply through the general FMS application.
Founded in 2009, ID is a leading innovator in early-stage financing for tech start-ups. ID funds start-ups that are committed to serving the world’s underserved markets. In 2011, ID launched the BSP Fund, a seed-stage equity fund for mobile/ICT, alternative energy, and agriculture technology start-ups. To date, the BSP Fund has made eleven investments across eight countries. After seeing the working capital strain that start-ups face in emerging markets, ID responded with the Impact Factoring Fund (IFF) in 2012. The IFF provides working capital to growth-stage technology companies in emerging markets.
Frontier Market Scouts at Invested Development can expect to work in Kenya and report directly to senior management. Assignments are spread across the company’s key functions of finance, investment, research, marketing, and pipeline development functions and are tailored the intern’s skills. All projects require a high level of independence, flexibility and comfort working in low-resource environments.
US placements are primarily sourced SGII Center and Village Capital networks. Placements include social enterprises throughout the US, specifically investment funds, accelerators, capacity-building organizations, and foundations.
We are adding new social enterprise partners every month. Please view our partner page to see an illustrative list or to become a partner!