Accion International

  • Social Performance and Research Project Management Intern

    Location : City Cambridge
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(4 weeks ago)
    Job ID
    Accion International
  • Overview

    Fall 2018 Social Performance and Research Project Management Intern
    Department: PRFI
    Reports to: Sharlene Brown and  Social Performance Group Chairs

    Desired Start Date: September 26, 2018
    Duration: Minimum of 4 months (to be determined with the selected candidate)
    Internship Type: Unpaid
    Desired Time Commitment: 15- 20 hours per week
    Location: Boston, MA


    Position Summary:

    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. The primary function will be supporting the management of the PRFI’s Social Performance Group, including working with the chairs of the group to create project plans, schedule and coordinate their virtual and in-person meetings, author blog posts, and lead analysis on research projects as needed. The right candidate has demonstrated project management experience, attention to detail, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. The schedule of weekly working hours will be determined in advance by the intern and PRFI staff; the intern will remain in contact with staff during their remote working hours via Skype. This position will report to Sharlene Brown and  Social Performance Group Chairs.



    • Schedule remote and in-person meetings across multiple global time zones
    • Coordinate with the peer group’s chairs to set the agenda for each meeting and other tasks as
    • Create detailed work plans for the Social Performance Group’s annual initiatives and consequently update the Terms of Reference
    • Lead efforts to publish a thematic blog series on Client Protection and Digital Financial Services for Women
    • Perform ad-hoc research projects as needed (e.g. author a research note summarizing key consumer protection risks and trends around fraud, security with the increased adoption of DFS as a driver for financial inclusion etc.)


    • Willing to report to college/university for academic credit
    • Recommendations available upon satisfactory completion of the 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
    • 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
    • Excellent project management skills, including organization and high attention to detail
    • Excellent research and writing skills coupled with a demonstrated ability to effectively synthesize information
    • Self-starter, willingness to take initiative and work both independently and in groups
    • 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
    • Willingness to embody our values of excellence, respect, and passion for social change.
      • Excellence: Accion staff should always put forth their best effort in all activities, strive for high quality of collective and individual performance; and demonstrate honesty and integrity at all times while in the workplace and while working on behalf of the organization.
      • Respect: Accion staff should value one another’s roles and responsibilities as much as their own, be encouraging, and value the diverse and unique perspectives of colleagues. They should honor obligations and commitments to each other and to external partners.
      • Passion for Social Change: Accion staff should be committed to making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, value the greater good of the organization over personal gain and promote a productive workplace by acknowledging the accomplishments of others.
    • Ability to travel to an office location in Boston 1-2 days a week (time on-site, in the office, to be determined with the selected candidate

    To Apply:

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



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