Internship Training and Fellowship in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing
“I’ve loved learning about the startup environment, the issues startups face, the time and resource constraints. It’s not like the corporate world where you have departments doing the work for you – you have to be resourceful, you do not have the luxury of time to research the best approach, you’ve got to just get in there and figure it out.” – Albert Wong, FMS Fellow at One Degree Solar
The Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) program selects and trains purpose-driven mid-level professionals seeking practical learning, high-powered networking, and career promotion in social venture and impact investing.
Ready to launch a career in social impact?
Established in 2011, the Frontier Market Scouts program has trained over 300 professionals and students from 20 countries worldwide. FMS fellows have helped to scale over 100 social enterprises around the world during field assignments based in Amsterdam, Brazil, India, Ecuador, Vietnam, South Africa, and Lebanon. Training faculty come from renowned social enterprise organizations such as Village Capital, Shell Foundation, Invested Development and more. After having received a 2013 Cordes Innovation Award from AshokaU and the 2015 AshokaU Cordes Hall of Fame Award, FMS has now become the flagship program of the newly launched Center for Social Impact Learning at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Each course in the Frontier Market Scouts training curriculum is designed to provide participants with the practical skills and tools required to work effectively in the field of impact investment and social enterprise management. FMS instructors are active practitioners in the impact space and work with leading organizations including Omidyar Network, Accion Venture Lab, Village Capital, Pi Investments, and Colorado Capital. Through the combination of lectures and actionable co-creative projects, participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the ecosystem and frame-work for market-based solutions. Training curriculum topics include:
• Scaling High-Impact Social Enterprises
• Designing Innovative Business Models
• Diligence Process and Decision in Impact Investment
• Social Impact Measurement
• Fund Management in Impact Investing
The Winter 2017 Training is offered in Monterey, California, January 9-20, 2017
Who are we seeking?
FMS is building a community of pragmatic idealists with a diversity of backgrounds, professional experiences, skill-sets and perspectives – we have more than 300 amazing alums and counting! If you believe that enterprise and market development is key vehicle for driving large scale and sustainable improvement of living standards in capital-weak regions of the world, we would love to hear from you! The ideal Frontier Market Scout has a solid background in business and/or management, and a superb aptitude for immersive learning in dramatically different environments. Applicants should have completed a Master’s degree or its equivalence, although highly qualified undergraduate applicants may also be considered.
Meet FMS Fellow Alberto Rodriguez who is now working as a Portfolio Manager with African Entrepreneur Collective in Kigali, Rwanda: https://vimeo.com/168737382
*A limited number of merit and need-based training scholarships are available.
*Fellows receive a minimum $250 USD monthly stipend during their field assignment.
Additional funding to offset travel, training, and living costs may be available. Please note: stipends can vary depending on placement location.