Accion International

Spring 2018 Research and Data Management Intern, Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion

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Accion International


To Apply:

Please submit resume, cover letter, and brief data analysis writing sample by email to the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion. 


Subject: Research and Data Management Intern // Last Name, First Name

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Desired Start Date: January 8, 2018

Duration: minimum of 4 months (to be determined with selected candidate)

Internship Type: Unpaid

Desired Time Commitment: 15- 20 hours per week

Location: Chicago, IL or Boston, MA


About the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion:

The Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion (PRFI, formerly the Microfinance CEO Working Group) is a collaborative effort by the CEOs of ten leading global organizations whose impact is felt in 86 countries on five continents, and whose products and services are designed to offer support and opportunity to millions of low-income people around the world. Its members include Accion, Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, BRAC, CARE USA’s Access Africa, FINCA, Grameen Foundation, Opportunity International, Pro Mujer, VisionFund International, and Women’s World Banking. Harnessing the power of the CEOs and their senior managers, the PRFI advocates for responsible financial services and seeks catalytic opportunities to accelerate financial access to the unserved. Its agenda is both industry-facing, working with participants in financial inclusion, and outward-facing, addressing the broader community, especially those who support, influence and set the environment for the industry. The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion presently houses the secretariat for the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion.



The Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion seeks a highly motivated individual with a can-do attitude willing to do a variety of tasks to support program related activities of the initiative, including research, data collection, and analysis to fill our Research and Data Management internship. The right candidate has demonstrated research and data management experience, a fanatical attention to detail, advanced Excel skills, and excellent communication skills.  This candidate will work directly with the Program Manager and other network member staff to collect data, collaborate, and contribute to the programs of the PRFI. The schedule of weekly working hours will be determined in advance by the intern and staff; the intern will remain in contact with staff during their remote working hours via Gchat and/or Skype.


Key Responsibilities may include:

  • Conduct secondary research related to country specific financial inclusion landscapes and stakeholders
  • Conduct ‘remote’ primary research; may include scheduling calls at odd hours to accommodate different time zones
  • Create and maintain databases of information about Working Group affiliates and programs
  • Support the data collection and synthesis needed to effectively respond to donors
  • Support the efforts of the PRFI’s Peer Groups as needed
  • Complete other administrative tasks and special projects for the PRFI as needed



  • Willing to report to college/university for academic credit
  • Recommendations available upon satisfactory completion of internship
  • Engagement with staff within the 10 network organizations
  • Ongoing feedback to develop professional etiquette
  • Priority placement for future in-office positions


  • Graduate student preferred; or junior or senior undergraduate with relevant experience
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent research skills and ability to track and report findings
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Fluency in MS Office skills especially Excel and PowerPoint
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required; proficiency in multiple languages a plus (Spanish, French, Arabic, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Self-starter, willingness to take initiative and work both individually and in groups
  • Prior understanding of microfinance is desirable; however, we are willing to teach interns about microfinance if they can express their desire to enter this field
  • Ability to travel to an office location downtown Chicago or Boston 1-2 days a week (time on-site, in the office, to be determined with selected candidate)


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