University of Southern California

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BSEL partners with USC MBA Career Services to provide students with career resources in the field of social enterprise.

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Social Impact Organizations  
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Post MBA Programs

The Agora Partnership Summer Associates Program provides a select group of MBA students with the unique opportunity to help build the fields of impact investing and social entrepreneurship. Summer Associates work closely with senior management in a fast paced, entrepreneurial atmosphere. The duration of the Summer Associates program is usually 10-12 weeks, from mid-May to mid-August.

Associates can work either in the DC office with a focus on strategy, business development, communications, systems building and project management, or in the Managua, Nicaragua office with a focus on program execution, entrepreneur training, due diligence and event management. In addition, Associates in Nicaragua will also provide direct consulting to high potential, small business entrepreneurs and Associates in DC will attend DC-based industry events and/or conferences.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to roger.teran@agorapartnerships.org. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis and all decisions will be finalized by the January preceding the internship.

The Summer Internship Program at Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3) is designed to provide an opportunity for top graduate students to work on emerging energy topics alongside our staff of industry experts. Masters and Ph.D. candidates in science and engineering, economics, business, and policy are all encouraged to apply.

The Building Excellent Schools Fellowship is a yearlong, full-time, comprehensive training program in charter school creation. Fellows are prepared and trained to design, found, and lead highly structured, no excuses urban charter schools that meet the specific needs of underperforming children. While the process of founding a charter school may be viewed over a period of several years, in the first 12 months of the program, Fellows receive a $90,000 stipend and extensive training and support to found a charter school that is independently managed.

The Broad Residency is a leadership development program that places participants into full-time high-level managerial positions in school districts, CMOs, and federal/state departments of education. While working, Broad Residents receive two years of professional development and access to a nationwide network of education leaders. Residents are often tasked with leading major projects like opening new schools, leading budgeting processes, increasing operational efficiencies, improving human resources, or supporting the launch of major policy initiatives. In these roles they can have an immediate impact on the education of America's students.

The Clinton-Orfalea-Brittingham Fellowship Program provides support for three (3) to six (6) recent graduates of USC's Gould School of Law, Marshall School of Business and/or Price School of Public Policy to complete a one-year fellowship at the William J. Clinton Foundation.  Fellows receive a stipend of $55,000 for the year and $1,000 in professional development.  Finalists receive callback interview travel expenses.  Fellowship awards (funded by the Orfalea Family Foundation and the Brittingham Family Foundation) support recipients' work at the Clinton Foundation, pursuing the organization's global and domestic initiatives. Fellows receive health benefits, to be determined as appropriate by the Clinton Foundation, acting as the host organization.

The Clinton Foundation seeks highly motivated, high achieving fellows with a demonstrated commitment to social action and the desire to pursue long-term careers in public service.  Fellows will be assigned roles that require the ability to learn quickly and work hard, including long and irregular hours, often on issues outside of their area of expertise.  Responsibilities range from providing quantitative and qualitative analytical support to developing strategies and policies for current and potential future initiatives and drafting presentations and in-depth memoranda for senior Clinton Foundation officials.  Specific job assignments are made by the Clinton Foundation on the basis of the fellow's strengths and the Clinton Foundation's needs. 

The deadline to apply for the 2014 Fellowship is January 31st, 2014. The application can be found here

For more information about The Clinton-Orfalea-Brittingham Fellowship Program, please contact Abby Fifer Mandell, BSEL Executive Director.

Hear the audio from the 2013 information session, featuring Ella Brittingham of the Brittingham Family Foundation, Catherine Brozowski of the Orfalea Foundation, and Julie Becker of the Clinton Foundation

The Echoing Green Fellowship program provides more than $2 million in seed funding to a diverse group of the world's most promising social entrepreneurs. Those selected receive up to $90,000 in funding to launch new organizations; access to Echoing Green's robust network; leadership development opportunities, and; one-to-one support and counseling.

The IDEO.org Fellowship Program fosters design leaders of the future. It's a mash-up of wildly passionate and talented people from the design, business and social sectors: three IDEO designers and five promising leaders from around the globe, chosen this year from 400 applicants. For eleven months, these eight Fellows are working, learning, growing and innovating ways to make the world a better place.

The MBA Enterprise Corps (the Corps or MBAEC), a Division of CDC DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS (CDS), is a non-profit, private volunteer organization founded in 1990 by a consortium of leading US business schools. MBA Enterprise Corps (MBAEC) deploys recently-graduated MBAs from top 50 U.S. business schools for long-term volunteer assignments with the goal of creating economic growth and opportunities in developing nations and emerging economies around the world. MBAEC advisors design business plans, conduct strategic analysis, establish marketing programs and provide consulting assistance to build management and financial capacity that will increase incomes and employment, promote business opportunities, and foster broad-based economic development.

Since its inception in 1990, more than 760 Corps members have assisted in management and technology transfer to over 1,000 enterprises, business support organizations, and associations in 20 countries on four continents. Through peer based training and technical assistance, the Corps is able to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries acquire, utilize and adapt to the latest management tools and technology to help their businesses grow.

Corps members engage in: assessing the needs of potential clients, providing them with comprehensive development programs and developing portfolios of long term clients. They work closely with local staff to strengthen business capacity, aid businesses in conducting strategic analysis, help formulate new business plans, develop financial proposals, establish marketing programs, and work with local universities within the community.

The goals of the Corps are to:

  • Provide long-term assistance to emerging markets by sending recently graduated MBAs to consult with local companies, advisory centers, and business support organizations to assist in the growth and development of the private sector;
  • Give MBA graduates the opportunity to acquire early and significant international experience;
  • Build bridges between host countries and the United States through cross-cultural understanding; and
  • Enhance international programs and opportunities for participating schools.

For more information, please visit the web site or contact MBAEC by email at MBAprograms@cdc.org

MBAs Without Borders (MWB), is an international organization that empowers local entrepreneurs in developing countries by matching them with top MBA leaders around the world. MWB focuses on small businesses primarily in the agriculture, health, handicrafts, microfinance, and environment sectors, placing MBA business associates for periods of 2 weeks up to 6 months. MWB volunteers have worked in 25 countries across Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

To inquire about MBAs Without Borders or to discuss current volunteer opportunities, please contact MWB at MBAprograms@cdc.org

The Mind Trust's Education Entrepreneur Fellowshipis a national incubator for transformative education ventures, attracting top entrepreneurial talent to confront public education's most vexing problems. The Fellowship supports innovative leaders who envision entirely new approaches to the challenges of public education and who possess the entrepreneurial skills necessary to turn their ideas into reality. During the two-year Fellowship, Fellows receive a $90,000 annual salary with full benefits and a $20,000 start-up stipend. The Mind Trust staff, board and advisers provide guidance and professional support to Fellows, particularly by connecting them to a network of partners, funders, and key business, education, and civic leaders. With its rolling application process, The Mind Trust accepts applications and awards Fellowships continually throughout the year.

For more information about The Mind Trust's Education Entrepreneur Fellowship, please contact Suzanne Anthony at santhony@themidtrust.org or 317-822-8102.  Click here for a pdf description. 


MBA Summer Internship Programs

The Social Impact Bond (SIB) Fellowship (5-6 months) at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing (CII) offers students the chance to advance the development of social impact bonds in Canada. This distinguished fellowship program provides individuals with exposure to the emergent impact investing market in Canada, and provides hands-on opportunities to work with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, social ventures, and other engaged players in a variety of strategic and operational roles. The MaRS Centre, a convergence innovation facility, is located in Toronto's Discovery District.

Changing Our World, Inc. provides summer fellowships to highly motivated graduate students (Masters and PhD candidates) currently enrolled in accredited programs of business, international studies, public policy, social sciences and related disciplines. The competitive program aims to contribute to the development of future leaders in the public, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors, and, as an investment, advance the capacity of nonprofits and social enterprise organizations globally.

The REDF Farber Internship Program offers MBA students the chance to build a career, build a business, and build a community. Farber Interns gain hands-on experience in a social enterprise, professional development workshops, networking opportunities, REDF coaching, an alumni community, and a peer group of like-minded MBAs.

The New Sector Alliance Summer Fellowship is an 11-week summer program through the New Sector Alliance operating from June - August. Summer Fellows are undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and MBA candidates. The New Sector Alliance has mobilized over 1,000 young professionals and 1,000 experienced business volunteers since 2001 to deliver over $30 million in services to organizations working to address education, economic opportunity, health, environmental sustainability, and other critical community needs. Our programs have provided high-impact support for hundreds of community organizations while supporting the development of emerging leaders who go on to outstanding careers in social impact.

The Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship selects top business, law, policy, and education graduate students from our nation's best universities - including Harvard, Stanford, and Yale - and places them with Partner organizations to advance or complete strategic initiatives in an accelerated, 10-week timeframe. Education Pioneers equips Fellows for permanent education leadership careers with full-day professional development sessions where Fellows learn directly from industry leaders, connect with a diverse peer group, and optimize their skills in the context of K-12 urban education.

EDF Climate Corps Fellows are embedded in leading companies, cities and universities where they deliver concrete, actionable recommendations to save money and help the environment. The program provides high-level work experience, training on energy efficiency best practices, access to experts in the field and a network of other fellows with different backgrounds tackling similar challenges across America.

 

Post Undergraduate Programs

Education Pioneers offers an Analyst Fellowship for recent graduates with 2 full years of full-time professional work experience in analytical roles. The Analyst Fellowship places talented early career professionals with private sector experience in mission-critical roles in school districts, charter management organizations, nonprofits and other leading education organizations. Analyst Fellows leverage the skills and knowledge gained from the private sector to analyze and manage strategic, data-based projects and accelerate our Partners' pace of reform. Complemented by professional development workshops, mentorship, and community service projects, the Analyst Fellowship provides introductory exposure and access to successful leaders, organizations, and reform initiatives in urban education. The Fellowship equips Analyst Fellows to discuss education reform and key issues credibly and skillfully, advance their professional skills, understand key leadership career paths in education, and develop individual leadership styles to create change in education.

The Fellowship's work experience includes:

  • A salary of $45,000 for 10 months of full-time work ($4,500 per month; $54,000 annualized), plus benefits
  • Individualized placements that match Fellows' skills and interests with Partners' needs
  • Mission-critical consulting work
  • A clearly defined and manageable scope of work
  • The supervision of an experienced organization leader
  • Mentorship by Education Pioneers' Alumni and other education leaders
  • Monthly community service projects to work directly with the kids you serve
  • Brown-bag lunches and dinners with key education reform leaders
  • Career support during and after the Fellowship as you consider continuing to work in education, graduate school options, or returning to the private sector
Analyst Fellowship applicants must have:
  • A bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of 2 years of full-time professional work experience.
    Undergraduate summer work cannot be considered collectively as full-time work experience.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in highly analytical roles
  • Authorization to work in the United States. (We are unable to provide visa assistance.)
  • A strong commitment to the ten-month program (August to June), including attending and participating in all mandatory events and seven workshops

Please visit the Education Pioneers website for further information and to apply.

Blue Engine, a New York City education nonprofit, recruits college seniors and recent college graduates to dedicate a year of service on teams of high school teaching assistants in New York City public high schools. Blue Engine Teaching Assistants (BETAs) work in teams alongside certified lead teachers to personalize instruction and increase academic rigor. For more information and to apply, visit blueengine.org or email admissions@blueengine.org.

City Hall Fellows gives America's best and brightest recent college graduates firsthand experience in using local government to drive social change. Our Fellows function as full-time city employees, not as interns, consultants or observers. In contrast to existing means for engaging new talent in civic issues - ad-hoc, part-time, short-term government internships, programs for MPA/MPP graduates and mid-career programs for local business leaders - City Hall Fellows engages future leaders at the most pivotal point in their career development: the year after college graduation.

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding, an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis.

Global Brigades strives to improve equality of life, by igniting the largest student-led social responsibility movement on the planet. This is done by empowering volunteers to facilitate sustainable solutions in under resourced communities while fostering local cultures. GBB hires In-Country Coordinators throughout the year to work with visiting student volunteer groups. Check their website for current positions.

Global Health Corps provides opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity in year-long fellowships. Our fellows have a measurable impact on the health of the communities in which they work, and draw upon that experience and the GHC alumni network to deepen their impact throughout their careers.

The IDEX Fellowship is a paid 10-month field placement in a social enterprise that offers cultural and social immersion into the field of social enterprise for college graduates interested in launching a career in the sector. Fellows are strategically placed to work with entrepreneurs to develop a blueprint for change. IDEX Fellows work in social enterprises span across five focus areas: Market Knowledge & Insights; Strategy & Operations; Business Development; Innovation & Sustainability; Impact Assessment & Analysis.

The Impact Finance Lab Fellowship (8-12 months) offers students the chance to build out the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing (CII)'s new lab initiative hosting transformative impact initiatives and social finance infrastructure projects in Canada. This distinguished fellowship program provides individuals with exposure to the emergent impact investing market in Canada, and provides hands-on opportunities to work with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, social ventures, and other engaged players in a variety of strategic and operational roles. The MaRS Centre, a convergence innovation facility, is located in Toronto's Discovery District

Princeton in Asia Fellowship has been facilitating cross-cultural understanding between Asia and North America by providing US college graduates with opportunities to live and work in Asia. PiA hopes that you, like so many other PiA fellows before you, will have a wonderful and fulfilling experience as you develop a life-long appreciation for Asia. PiA strives to make fellows feel part of a program and encourages fellows to develop a network among themselves and with our alumni throughout Asia

ProInspire is building the next generation of nonprofit leaders by expanding the talent pipeline, developing professionals, and increasing diversity. Our flagship program, the ProInspire Fellowship, recruits outstanding business professionals with 2-5 years of business experience who want to use their skills for social impact and invest in a growing community of Fellows. Fellows spend one year working in an analytical or strategic role at a nonprofit organization. This highly competitive program offers targeted positions with leading nonprofits, monthly trainings with a cohort of peers, a coach, and a network to support career growth.

Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education. We recruit a diverse group of leaders with a record of achievement who work to expand educational opportunity, starting by teaching for two years in a low-income community. We provide intensive training, support and career development that helps these leaders increase their impact and deepen their understanding of what it takes to close the achievement gap. In addition to their standard recruiting period, TGA has launched an early acceptance initiative that would allow students to begin the application process in February of their junior year. Juniors will have until November of their senior year to commit.

The New Sector Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) is an 11-month program through the New Sector Alliance operating from September - July. Residents are young professionals with up to five years of work experience after graduating from college. The New Sector Alliance has mobilized over 1,000 young professionals and 1,000 experienced business volunteers since 2001 to deliver over $30 million in services to organizations working to address education, economic opportunity, health, environmental sustainability, and other critical community needs. Our programs have provided high-impact support for hundreds of community organizations while supporting the development of emerging leaders who go on to outstanding careers in social impact.

Venture for America will recruit the best and brightest college grads to work for two years at emerging start-ups and early-stage companies in lower-cost cities (e.g., Detroit, Providence, New Orleans). Modeled after Teach for America, Venture for America will provide a path for entrepreneurship to college grads who want to learn how to build companies and create jobs.

Undergraduate Summer Internship Programs

The USC Career Center Dream Dollar program provides stipends for USC students who receive unpaid internships with a non-profit or government organization. Students will be selected through an application and interview process. All internships must be a minimum of six weeks during the summer. The program provides a stipend of $1,200 for each student.

Global Brigades Summer Internship Program strives to improve equality of life, by igniting the largest student-led social responsibility movement on the planet. This is done by empowering volunteers to facilitate sustainable solutions in under resourced communities while fostering local cultures. The Global Brigades Internship is a competitive 4-week program that will run through the month of July in Honduras, Panama and Ghana. The internship offers a unique opportunity to work alongside program leads to perpetuate community development projects between brigades and conduct research initiatives to improve programming. Those selected, will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth look into Global Brigades as a development organization, to work on program-specific projects, to use this experience and knowledge to fulfill a research project or senior thesis, and to complement academic studies with an unforgettable on the ground experience in-country. Interns will choose from one of our 9 skill-based programs to participate in, while also working with Program Leads to develop out their own ideas for individual projects—these projects will both help fulfill a programmatic need while allowing the intern to explore a topic or interest of his or her choice. To cover living costs, insurance, drivers, translators and other expenses of the internship, we are asking each intern to contribute $2,500 for the month.

Since 2007, the Kiva Fellows Program has offered over 400 individuals a rare opportunity to put their skills to work in support of global microfinance. Applicants chosen for the program serve as Kiva's eyes and ears on the ground, working directly with our microfinance institution (MFI) field partners in over 60 countries around the globe. The Kiva Fellow is an unpaid, volunteer position designed to increase Kiva's impact and to offer participants a unique insider experience.

Fellows serve many vital roles for Kiva. They expand Kiva's impact by building key relationships and transferring critical knowledge to their host MFI, help Kiva develop sustainable practices by utilizing their individual skill sets to improve current MFI processes, and they share their insights, pictures and stories from the field with the more than 1 million Kiva users. In short, they provide invaluable support for Kiva's mission of connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty.

Lend for America allows you to spend 8 weeks learning from hard working Americans and microfinance practitioners about the opportunities for microfinance to transform business owners and communities by reviewing loan applications, opening savings accounts, and coaching clients. All of your travel expenses are paid and you'll receive a $2,500 stipend.

The New Sector Alliance Summer Fellowship is an 11-week summer program through the New Sector Alliance operating from June - August. Summer Fellows are undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and MBA candidates. The New Sector Alliance has mobilized over 1,000 young professionals and 1,000 experienced business volunteers since 2001 to deliver over $30 million in services to organizations working to address education, economic opportunity, health, environmental sustainability, and other critical community needs. Our programs have provided high-impact support for hundreds of community organizations while supporting the development of emerging leaders who go on to outstanding careers in social impact.

The Scheyer Family Scholarship for Summer Interns, established in December of 2007, will provide an award of $2,500.00 to two students enrolled in approved unpaid summer internships. Preference will be given to sophomores, juniors or seniors with demonstrated financial need.

The Schwab Summer Entrepreneurship Internship through the The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship seeks to create awareness and increase support for social entrepreneurship at the highest regional and global levels. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, and works closely withthe World Economic Forum. Among the activities of the Foundation are the search and selection of leading social entrepreneurs around the world, support for selected social entrepreneurs in their network through partner company services, as well as active participation at the World Economic Forum's Regional and Annual Meetings.

The USC Global Fellows Internship Program encourages exploration of international work experience in Asia. The Program is open to U.S. citizens of all majors and it provides stipends for USC undergraduates (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors graduating in December) to live and work in Asia for eight weeks during the summer.

Social Impact Organizations

The following organizations routinely hire MBA students for full-time and summer internship positions:

Organization Focus  
  Ashoka Entrepreneurship  
  Asian Development Bank Finance  
  Banco Oportunidade Mocambique Finance  
  Bankable Frontier Associates Consulting  
  Cause and Affect Media  
  Dalberg Global Development Advisors Consulting  
  Education Pioneers Education  
  Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps Program Energy  
  Global Citizen Year Education  
  Good Corps Consulting  
  Intermountain Healthcare Healthcare  
  LA County Dept. of Health Services Healthcare  
  National Renewable Energy Laboratory Energy  
  New Sector Alliance Entrepreneurship  
  Non Profit Finance Fund Finance  
  Partners in Health Healthcare  
  Planet Rating Finance  
  REDF Venture Philanthropy
  Rocky Mountain Institute Energy  
  Root Capital Finance  
  Save the Children Children  
  sweetriot Fair trade  
  TechnoServe Consulting  
  The New Teacher Project Education  
  UN Development Programme World peace  
  US Dept. of the Interior - Fellowship Consulting  
  Vision Quest International Consulting  
  World Vision International Children  

Job Boards

Following are sites to search for jobs in the social sector:
Coop America Green Jobs
Devex International Development
Echoing Green
Give to Get Jobs
Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Jobs
Idealist
Just Means
On Green
Netimpact
Student Conservation Association
Sustainable Business Green Jobs
The Third Sector

Social Enterprise Resources

Academies for Social Enterprise
Café Impact
The Hub LA
LA Cleantech Incubator
SocEnt.LA
Women In Social Enterprise

Competitions

Accenture Management Consulting (AMC) U.S. Innovation Challenge
Acumen Leadership Essentials Course
Aspen Institute Business & Society International Case Competition
Ashoka The League of Intrapreneurs Competition
Dell Social Innovation Challenge
Dow Sustainability Case Challenge
Cleantech Open Global Forum
FLoW Competition
Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition
Global Social Venture Competition
Hult Global Case Challenge
International Impact Investing Challenge (I3C)
National Education Startup Challenge
Net Impact Pioneer Employer Challenge
OpenIDEO
Social Impact Exchange Business Plan Competition

Entrepreneurship Development Programs

CGI University
Global Engagement Summit
Startingbloc
Sullivan Social Entrepreneurship Summer Institute
Unreasonable at Sea
Unreasonable Institute

Public Loan Forgiveness

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program was created to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, you may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on your eligible federal student loans after you have made 120 payments on loans under certain repayment plans while employed full time by certain public service employers.

Only non-defaulted loans made under the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program are eligible for loan forgiveness. The Direct Loan Program includes the following types of loans:

  • Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Subsidized Loans)
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford / Ford Loans (Direct Unsubsidized Loans)
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Direct PLUS Loans)- for parents and graduate or professional students
  • Federal Direct Consolidation Loans (Direct Consolidation Loans)

Go to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness fact sheet for more information on the terms and conditions of the program and to understand what types of public service jobs qualify.  Source: studentaid.ed.gov