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New Opportunities for Business Students!

Posted By Nicole Zefran, Friday, March 22, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Nicole Zefran

Attention all Business students! Are you looking for new ways to network and build your resume? Well, we have just posted two really cool opportunities for you to gain experience and meet professionals in the business world: the Kiva Fellowship and the Silo Busters Contest.

Kiva is offering a fellowship for students who want to witness the realities of microfinance firsthand through directly working with a Kiva field partner, or supporting Kiva’s newest initiative, Kiva Zip, for a minimum of 16 weeks.

The position is volunteer-based. All Fellows receive a week of in-depth training at Kiva’s headquarters, plus an ongoing access to Kiva’s network of staff and former fellows. The fellows are integral to the organization, serving as the eyes and ears on the ground and helping to extend limited resources to create a maximum effect. The fellows complete a core set of deliverables laid out in a personalized work plan that is defined by Kiva along with the host field partner or Kiva Zip team. Kiva aims to leverage the unique skill se of the fellow to accomplish key tasks that are crucial to the success of the partnership.

Kiva has active partnerships with over 180 field partners in over 65 countries, including the US. Fellowship placements may occur at any of these locations, but availability is dependent upon partner need and the ability of a Fellow to successfully complete assigned tasks. Students who express a high degree of geographic flexibility have a better chance of being selected.

All fellows are different, but here are just some general responsibilities the fellowship will require:

  • Training
  • Help further strategic goals
  • Interview Kiva borrowers to assess loan impact, verify data, and gather information
  • Provide updates and feedback through field reports
  • Write blog posts
  • Capture experiences through media
  • Community outreach
  • Public speaking
  • Field-based research

The deadline for the 22nd Class of Kiva Fellows is May 26, 2013. Fellows must attend a one-week training in San Francisco from August 26-30, and deploy into a field within two weeks of training.

Click here to find out more information on the requirements and how to apply for the fellowship.

The second student opportunity we just posted is the 1st ever Silo Busters Contest conducted by the Pfzer’s Global Health Fellows Program. Students are invited to submit a SwitchPoint – an unusual pairing of ideas that could have a real impact on the world.

SwitchPoint is about discovering new ways to spark innovations that will save lives in the developing world. What are the intersection points, the unusual collaborations, and the repurposed good ideas that could solve the greatest challenges of our time? What is YOUR SwitchPoint?

This is a lightning contest so you have to think and act fast. Post an essay up to 350 words or a video up to 90 seconds long describing your silo-busting SwitchPoint and how it could make a difference. One entry per student.

The winner gets to present their great idea alongside global innovators as part of the SwitchPoint2013 conference program this April 19th and 20th in Saxapahaw, North Carolina. The trip is all expenses paid and you will also have access to SwitchPoint speakers and VIP events.

The deadline for submission is March 31st! Click here to find out how to apply!


Nicole Zefran is the Communications and Events Intern at the Global Business School Network.

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