Choosing what to do on your summer internship is tricky. Should you look for something that helps you build skills that might be useful for your next job? Something that would look good in your CV? Perhaps you can take those eight weeks off and do some social impact work? It turns out that those are not mutually exclusive options. This summer I had the great opportunity to spend two months working at a social impact start-up.
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The Background After spending over four years in investment banking, my main motivation to come to INSEAD was to pivot my career journey - from corporate to community. So, I was determined to spend my summer gaining experience and exposure in the social impact space.
Last April, the INSEAD Career Development Centre accompanied a team of 18J MBAs to the MBA Impact Investing Training and Network (MIINT) competition, organised by Bridges Fund Management in conjunction with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative.
2018 marked the second year of INSEAD’s participation in an annual inter-business school competition called the MBA Impact Investment Network and Training programme, also known as the MIINT. The authors of this post are 18J candidates from Australia and Peru and will graduate from the INSEAD MBA programme in July. They are pleased to share some of their reflections on the programme with the wider INSEAD community, both present and future, and trust you enjoy the read!
The end of October 2017 was the highlight of my journey this year. I was invited to the Obama Foundation Summit, worked with a team of the Summit to feature a profile video of my past work through the OTP foundation, and got connected with numerous amazing civic leaders from all over the world.
As part of the January intake of INSEAD MBA programme, I had the opportunity to pursue an eight-week internship over the summer. With my eyes set on spending this time in Europe in all its glory: picking up a local language, learning new skills in business development, building a strong network in the impact space and reciprocating with maximum impact, ChangeNOW stationed in Paris, presented the perfect package.
Founded by INSEAD Alum Romain Sautrau ('12D), Start-up Farmers is a venture capital fund and startup accelerator based in Paris, France, that is dedicated to solving the challenges of feeding a growing population in an environmentally sustainable way. It works to support entrepreneurs based in France, Western Europe, and Israel who have innovative disruptive solutions for the future of agriculture.
I have always been excited about exploring foreign lands and working in a startup. When SPOUTS of Water, a rapidly growing early-revenue-stage social enterprise that manufactures and distributes ceramic water filters in Uganda offered me the opportunity to go to Uganda for the filter startup, I accepted it. I was glad that I did it because the experience was fulfilling both culturally and professionally.
When I left Brazil to come to INSEAD, I knew that I was going to have a year full of diverse and multicultural experiences. Yet, back then it would be hard for me to imagine that six months later I would be embarking on my own to Angola, all the way to southern Africa, to spend two months on an internship at a primary care hospital.