Global Advisory Solutions Programs Intern

Accion International
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Mar 20

Position description

Accion is a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world with economic opportunity for all, by giving people the financial tools they need to improve their lives.  We are building the next generation of top-tier microfinance institutions, and over the last 50 years have helped create 64 such institutions in 32 countries on four continents that today reach millions of clients. Our impact investing initiatives are pushing beyond microfinance to catalyze more than 20 innovative start-ups dedicated to improving the efficiency, reach and scope of financial services for the poor.  And our Center for Financial Inclusion is helping to build a stronger industry with high standards. Currently, our work spans nearly two dozen countries, including the U.S., where we are the nation’s largest nonprofit microfinance network. For further information, visit

Global Advisory Solutions:

Accion’s Global Advisory Solutions (GLAS) team provides experienced operational and management support to strengthen our partners and maximize their impact.  We leverage innovations in financial services to lower cost and increase quality at scale, and thus help to build sustainable and scalable institutions focused on serving the financial needs of underserved individuals and small businesses. To that end, we work with organizations in emerging markets across Latin America, Africa and Asia to help them plan, implement, scale and enhance technologies and business models that can reduce bottlenecks to and catalyze the growth of financial services. We contribute to industry development through case study work and research, knowledge sharing, as well as training and capacity building activities. 

Position Overview:

We are currently recruiting an intern to support GLAS on a variety of initiatives. This work will include, but is not limited to, research on sector trends and innovations within Accion’s key areas of focus: Data Analytics, Customer Engagement and Experience, Automation of Business Operations and Processes, Digital Payments and Branchless Banking, and Digital Lending.  Successful candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to current global consulting engagements, and will work with the team to support meaningful projects and deliverables to complete during the internship period.

The length of this internship/temp position is a minimum of 12 weeks, with a commitment of 10-15 hours per week with a flexible schedule. The target start date for this position is end of March 2017.



  • Perform market scans for new business opportunities and create country profiles related to Accion’s key areas of focus
  • Conduct research on priority topic areas to advance the thought leadership efforts of the team 
  • Assist in the development of marketing collateral to showcase and communicate Accion’s work 
  • Contribute to thought pieces, blogs, and other modes of information dissemination to maximize demonstration effects, showcase lessons learned and build our brand as a thought leader in the space
  • Support research and development of a strategy for establishing organizational partnerships in key functional areas 
  • Aid in GLAS performance metrics work, including tracking outputs and key performance indicators (KPIs) of  our partner engagements
  • Collaborate with global team and provide support to additional projects as requested


  • BA or MA in international development, international relations, economics, business administration, or relevant degree
  • 2 years work experience preferred
  • Previous research experience 
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills and efficient 
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Team player, but comfortable working independently 
  • Eager to learn 
  • Proficiency in Spanish strongly preferred 
  • Current interest and/or previous experience in the financial inclusion or microfinance sector  
  • Willingness to embody Accion’s values of Excellence, Respect and Passion for Social Change

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