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We are always looking for extraordinary people who have a passion to make a difference in the world and improve the lives of the poor. If you are convinced SPBD is the place for you, please make your case.
Send us an email through our website with the subject 'Careers' and indicate whether you are interested in a full-time position or an internship. Make sure you tell us your full name and which country you are from. Also, tell us how you heard about us, your story and why you want to be part of SPBD. We would love to receive your CV or a link to your CV online, or even a link to your LinkedIn profile.
JOB VACANCIES - INTERNSHIPS IN THE FIELD
Please send us an email describing your interest in working as an intern at either SPBD Samoa, SPBD Tonga, SPBD Fiji, SPBD Solomon Islands or at our Headquarters in New Jersey, USA. SPBD accepts applications for internships from highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students with an interest or professional experience in Microfinance and a strong educational background in Finance, Business, Economics, International Development, Marketing, or Communications. Job responsibilities may range from financial analysis, country research and due diligence, business development research, media and marketing, etc. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. To be considered for an internship please contact us through our website.
2016 SUMMER INTERNSHIP IN THE SPBD HEADQUARTERS IN NEW JERSEY, USA
Job Description: Summer Intern (8-10weeks)
Function: Finance and Marketing
Location: Newark, New Jersey, USA
The Intern will assist the CFO of SPBD Microfinance Network in the finance and marketing functions. This will include, but is not limited to: financial reporting and analysis; marketing efforts via the website, social media, and traditional media channels; liquidity management,risk management, business planning, and investor relations. The internship will provide a unique experience into how SPBD operates and the microfinance industry.
About the Organization:
South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) is a network of microfinance institutions working in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Solomon Islands. We are dedicated to eradicating poverty by empowering women in poor rural villages with the opportunity to start, grow and maintain sustainable,income-generating micro-enterprises, build assets,as well as finance home improvements and childhood education. SPBD provides clients with a range of training, financial services and ongoing motivation so thatthey can climb out of poverty.
SPBD Microfinance Holdings (Singapore) Pte Ltd is the network-wide holding company that serves as a regional microfinance platform in the Pacific. It fully owns SPBD Samoa, SPBD Tonga, SPBD Fiji, and SPBD Solomon Islands and will launch Greenfield microfinance operations in otherPacific Island countries in the next 2-3 years, such as Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia,Vanuatu, Marshall Islands, and Bougainville.The creation of a region-wide microfinance network in the broader South-Pacific could help over 60,000 poor Pacific islanders find a meaningful path out of poverty and could directly impact another 300,000 immediate family members in the region.
The Intern will assist the CFO directly in the following functional areas of the SPBD Network(SPBD Holding Company, SPBD Samoa, SPBD Tonga, SPBD Fiji, and SPBD Solomon Islands):
- Finance: Liquidity and risk management practices, financial analysis, business plans and financial projections, investor relations.
- Marketing: Website, Social media embassies, and traditional media channels; New product development (Microcredit Insurance, loan products, savings products, mobile money)
- Communicate on a daily basis with the CFO regarding the projects
- Perform any other projects required
- MBA and/or MA in Finance, International Development, International Economics –current student or graduate.
- Coursework or professional experience in credit, microfinance, finance, banking, or consulting.
- Excellent communication (writing and speaking) skills in English. Must be able to express thoughts and opinions clearly and concisely.
- Proven ability to work independently.
- Attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple projects at once.
- Fast learner in an entrepreneurial environment.
- Commitment to SPBD values
The intern will report to the CFO of SPBD Microfinance Network and may work closely with other staff on a project by project basis. Daily interaction will be encouraged.
The work will be done in Newark, NewJersey, USA with the ability to work remotely 1 day per week.
This is an unpaid internship position and requires an 8- to 10-week commitment (Possibility to stay longer). The internship can begin in May or later (start date is flexible).
Please send a résumé and a cover letter detailing why you are interested in microfinance and specifically SPBD, to: Florrie Charnaw, CFO, SPBD Microfinance Network at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “SPBD Microfinance Network internship candidate” in the subject line of your e-mail. Phone calls are discouraged. Only candidates that are considered will be contacted. For more information, please visit: www.spbdmicrofinance.com.
SPBD/MicroDreams summer intern experience-2015
My summer internship at SPBD/MicroDreams has provided me with skills and experience that I will undoubtedly carry long into my future. As an Economics major, I was initially intrigued solely by the finance-side of SPBD. And don’t get me wrong—I still am! During my 8 weeks of work, I was provided the opportunity to analyze each Microfinance Institution’s financials (SPBD Tonga, SPBD Fiji, etc) creating spreadsheets and documents outlining their growth and success. However, I was also exposed heavily to MicroDreams’ marketing side, and as a result have gained an acute interest in advertising and PR. Above all, I was exposed to personal stories of empowerment from women-clients in the South Pacific, all of which were incredibly inspiring and motivating, and which made me proud of the work I was doing.
Aside from my personal work, I cannot complement enough the people I had the chance to work with at MicroDreams/SPBD. Given the relatively small size of the office, I was able to work alongside the foundation’s CFO, CEO, and COO all at once—and although this initially seemed intimidating, I am extremely grateful for having the opportunity to do so. Everyone was willing to assist me when I had a question, correct me when I made a mistake, and give me a project when I ran out of work. In the office, I always felt useful, but never overly stressed. I thoroughly enjoyed coming to work each and every day—and I do not think many summer interns can say that!
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have had to work around such knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly people. I look forward to following the success and growth of SPBD/MicroDreams in the future, and cannot wait to see their impact continue to spread across the South Pacific and beyond. I will forever be a part of the MicroDreams team, and hope you can become a part too!
Charles Stern - Summer 2012 (New Jersey)
Over the course of this past summer, I had the privilege of interning for The MicroDreams Foundation and SPBD Microfinance. Working alongside Greg, Polly, and James in assisting those in the South Pacific out of poverty was an enjoyable, as well as an educational experience for me. It is not every day that one comes across individuals like these who care so much about creating economic opportunities for those who are not as fortunate, and truly care about assisting them out of poverty so that they can support their families. Unfortunately, MicroFinance is not a field which students in college are highly exposed to and I feel fortunate to have been able to learn about it over the summer, and it is definitely something that I would like to continue being involved in. Working with MicroDreams and SPBD made me realize that not everyone is as fortunate as we are to have received a college education, and giving poor women in the South Pacific business training and guidance is truly an act of kindness. Over the course of my 9 week internship, I realized how much MicroDreams and SPBD really does make a difference, and I am grateful to have been able to be a part of it.