Accion International

Spring 2018 Project Management Intern, Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion

3 weeks ago(1/2/2018 4:06 PM)
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Accion International


To Apply:

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


Subject: Project Management Intern // Last Name, First Name

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Desired Start Date: January 15, 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. The primary function will be supporting the management of the PRFI’s seven peer groups, including working with the chair(s) of the groups to create work plans, schedule and coordinate their virtual and in-person meetings and other special projects as needed to fill our Project Management internship. The right candidate has demonstrated project management experience, a fanatical attention to detail, Excel skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.  This candidate will work directly with the Program Manager and other network member staff to coordinate the peer groups 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 Skype.


Key Responsibilities may include:

  • Coordinate and plan the efforts of the PRFI’s seven Peer Groups
  • Create detailed work plans for each of the Peer Groups
  • Schedule remote and in-person meetings across multiple global time zones
  • Coordinate with the PRFI team and peer group chair(s) to set the agenda of each meeting and other tasks 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 undergraduate junior or senior with relevant experience
  • Excellent project management skills, including organization and high attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Self-starter, willingness to take initiative and work both individually and in groups
  • Experience working with a start-up a plus
  • Fluency in MS Office skills especially Excel and PowerPoint; experience with Outlook a plus
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required; proficiency in multiple languages a plus (Spanish, French, Arabic, etc.)
  • 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 in Chicago or Boston 1-2 days a week (time on-site, in the office, to be determined with selected candidate)


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