Accion International

Spring 2018 Blogging and Social Media Intern, Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion

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Accion International


To Apply:

Please submit resume, cover letter, and brief writing (2-3 pages) sample by email to the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion. 


Subject: Blogging and Social Media 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 candidate with superior writing skills, and a passion for international development and social investment to fill our Blogging and Social Media Internship. This position is ideal for a student of Journalism interested in contributing actively to the creative and strategic development of an influential network’s social media and blog presence. Applicants for this position should be experienced blog writers, and have strong communications skills and demonstrated creativity. This candidate will work directly with the Program Manager and other members of our staff to collaborate and contribute to an ongoing creative process, provide feedback, and contribute to the development of new strategies and materials. 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:

  • Working on blog strategy, content development, and writing posts
  • Monitor media coverage of microfinance and financial inclusion globally via google alerts and reading key blogs
  • Interfacing with the Financial Inclusion Communications Council, comprising communications professionals from each of the PRFI’s member organizations, writing about and sharing their work; cross-posting when it makes sense.
  • Develop watch list of journalists covering microfinance/financial inclusion positively and negatively in US and Uganda media
  • Create content for and monitor our Twitter page to generate awareness and interact with industry stakeholders
  • Draft content for blog, e-newsletter, other media outreach and investor collateral relevant to the responsible microfinance, financial inclusion, and social performance



  • 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
  • There may be one or two travel opportunities, depending on the duration of the internship


  • Graduate student preferred; or junior or senior undergraduate with relevant experience
  • Superior writing ability with demonstrated creativity
  • Video editing, Photoshop, etc. skills a plus
  • Direct work experience in blogging and social media preferred
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work as a team member and independently
  • Creativity and comfort in an innovative role desired
  • Familiarity and comfort with using social media on behalf of a company preferred
  • Prior understanding of microfinance and financial inclusion is desirable; however, we are willing to teach interns about financial inclusion if they can express their desire to enter this field
  • Computer literacy necessary; some experience in web content management preferred
  • Experience with Hootsuite or similar systems is helpful
  • Fluency in WordPress, and experience with Adobe Creative Suite (CS6) are a plus
  • 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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