Accion International

HBCU Fellow, Global Advisory Solutions

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/25/2021 4:14 PM)
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Accion, Washington, DC


Accion's Global Advisory Solutions (GLAS) team is recruiting for an HBCU Fellow.  As an HBCU Fellow, you will join an innovative global advisory team that works closely with financial institutions around the world serving small businesses and low-income households. In this twelve-week, full time position, the HBCU Fellow will focus their time supporting innovative customer understanding initiatives as well as business development efforts, which might include market or company research, proposal, or collateral creation.  This full time position is part of a hard-working, dedicated, and collaborative team, and is well suited to students who are looking to gain the experience of working with a fast paced, global and mission focused advisory team. 


About Accion: 

Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of — or poorly served by — the financial sector. For nearly 60 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through our work with more than 160 partners in 55 countries. More at


About Global Advisory Solutions (GLAS):

We are a diverse and close-knit global team with one common social purpose: building a financially inclusive world for small businesses and low-income households.  We are passionate about what we do – working with a wide range of financial service providers and other partners across the world to build sustainable businesses to achieve financial inclusion.  We enjoy solving problems, being exposed to new ideas, sharing information, and asking, “what if?” In this position, you will be in the center of it all. Working closely with members of our leadership team, you will be a key supportive team member for the GLAS leadership and collaborate with co-workers who are industry experts with diverse backgrounds, being part of a team that is shaping and challenging the industry.


Why you should consider working with us:


We strive for impact. Everything that we do begins with an understanding of the end user customer, and how we can improve their access and usage of financial services. We understand that to make lasting change we need to focus on creating viable solutions that will provide long-term, positive impact on the customers we seek to serve. 


We are ambitious and promote a supportive work environment. We work hard but we have a lot of fun doing it together. We are an agile, action-oriented team with a high level of trust. As a member of our team, you will have an ambitious agenda, but will work closely with colleagues across the organization.  We also surround ourselves with people who have had different experiences and backgrounds to ensure creativity of thought and constant learning.


We are part of a powerful network. We are constantly learning and growing through our inter-regional knowledge exchange across our global teams and partners. You will get the opportunity to interact with and learn from an impressive global network.


Position responsibilities:

  • Support development of tools for financial institutions to better understand customer engagement.
  • Research key customer challenges / barriers and engagement solutions.
  • Support the development of processes that institutions can use to diagnose adoption barriers, including the linkage to solutions.
  • Collate relevant resources, tools, and outputs across GLAS as they relate to each engagement solution.
  • Prepare a framework or matrix through which all the content (customer barriers, solutions, resources / tools, etc.) can be organized and absorbed by an external audience.
  • Liaise with team members across project teams and other capability groups to share progress as needed.
  • Provide administrative and/or operational support as needed.
  • Support business development activities as needed.


Position qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a historically black college or university (HBCU)
  • Enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree program, preferably in Business, Economics, Finance, Marketing or a related .
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to prioritize workload, track assignments and provide support to colleagues.
  • Strong professional communication skills and ability to communicate ideas effectively.
  • Advanced computer skills with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with Salesforce also welcome.
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for entrepreneurship and market-based solutions to poverty.
  • Excellent at multi-tasking with a positive, can-do attitude.
  • Interested in our mission and working globally.
  • Willingness to embody our values of excellence, respect and passion for social change.


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