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
further strategic goals
Kiva borrowers to assess loan impact, verify data, and gather information
updates and feedback through field reports
experiences through media
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.