Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) South Africa Internship 2016

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The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global net­work of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE mem­bers provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty.

The South Africa Chapter is made up of more than 60 members who work to support SGBs. 13 of these members have their headquarters in South Africa. Participating organizations work together on initiatives specific to the region, and to promote a healthy ecosystem for South African SGBs. Members benefit from the opportunity to network and learn from other like-minded organizations, as well as gain links to ANDE’s extensive regional and global activities. The chapter continuously engages with South African centers of influence and stakeholders to keep abreast of the challenges, progress, and the state of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Africa to act as an advocate and neutral convener for the sector. 

In addition to providing ongoing member-services and communication through the various ANDE platforms, the Chapter hosts regular events and supports research and other activities to strengthen the sector.

The opportunity

The Regional Chapter is offering a 6-month internship to an individual interested in entrepreneurship and social impact in an emerging market. The individual will be responsible for supporting the chapter staff on event logistics, communications, chapter administration, research, and other tasks as needed.

The responsibilities include:

– Updating information sharing platforms including the member portal, chapter blog and chapter website
– Support on event and conference planning such as logistics and invite lists
– Communication and design work– support the local team and their communication efforts through design of various documents such as the SA newsletter, chapter updates and event invitations
– Provide general support for ongoing initiatives
– Update social media platforms such as Twitter
– Database management
– Research work on projects that may culminate in a final report or presentation

Past intern projects have included research into the landscape of SGB investing, the development of ANDE’s case study series, and launching a salary survey for the field.  We are a small staff, with an entrepreneurial culture; interns must be able to both take the lead in developing meaningful projects if required and support ANDE staff in other ongoing projects


A creative, passionate individual, interested in entrepreneurship in emerging markets
– An undergraduate or post-graduate student majoring in Economics, Business, Finance, Social Entrepreneurship or Impact Investing
– Self-starters able to take initiative and work independently/entrepreneurially
– Strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from a variety of cultures and skill levels
– Detail oriented
– Analytical and research experience desired
– Strong organizational skills and project management experience highly valued
– IT Skills – proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Powerpoint), social media and cloud based email/marketing platform experience (preferable)
– Graphic design and communication skills (preferable)

Details about the role

– 16-20 hours a week
– Schedules are flexible to intern’s availability
– The intern will use his or her own laptop
– Non-traditional hours required on occasion for events


– Experience working for a global network of organizations working in the entrepreneurial and impact investment space in emerging markets.
– The opportunity to learn and connect with entrepreneurial ecosystems and various stakeholders that support SGBs
– Learn about the challenges and opportunities of the sector in South Africa.
– Opportunity to interact with staff and members across the globe.
– Modest stipend provided

How to Apply / Contact
Send your CV –maximum 2 pages- and a cover letter expressing your interest to Lisa van Eck at

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) South Africa Internship

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