Ashoka Summer Internship and Summer Associate Postings

Arlington, VA
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Ashoka is an international organization that promotes social entrepreneurship by integrating individual social entrepreneurs into the Ashoka network. Our mission is to create social impact by shaping a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world\’s citizens to think and act as changemakers.

Internship Dates:

June 12-August 18 (flexible)

The summer experience at Ashoka is unparalleled, a place where creative, entrepreneurial thinkers come from all over the world to join together in a dynamic environment. During the summer, approximately 30 interns and fellows will join our staff on different teams at our headquarters and amplify all of the incredible work our team is doing with social entrepreneurs all over the world, as well as have the opportunity to strategize how to solve the world\’s most pressing problems. All associate and intern positions are unpaid.

The Summer Program Features:

Brownbag Lunches with Ashoka Fellows –
Ashoka fellows are leading entrepreneurs in their fields, who have engineered entire paradigm shifts based on their transformative work. Students will have the opportunity to meet these leading social entrepreneurs and hear how they developed their enterprises from scratch to success.

Working Groups- Working Groups around shared common goals will be established and guided by the member of our staff working on that goal.
These working groups will come up with hybrid value system ideas around our core themes and values at Ashoka (ie. Lead Young, Start Empathy, etc,) and around these shared common goals. At the end of the summer, these groups will present their work and ideas to the Ashoka team.

Social Events
Students will organize potluck dinners, happy hours in DC, etc. , in order to meet and mingle with other Ashoka students, staff, and like-minded NGOs.

Peer to Peer Allies
Students will grouped together for collaborative processes and to brainstorm innovating around pressing social issues. While the primary focus will be related to projects in your chosen teams, there will be opt-in opportunities to work in peer-to-peer, cross-functional teams related to shared goals and vision for changing your world, time permitting from your core team.

Feedback Loops
We want your experience to be productive for both you and for our organization, to enable you as a person to thrive and help Ashoka achieve its ambitious goals. Thus, we will have feedback circles regularly to get your opinions on your internship experience, to problem solve, share best practices, and receive feedback on how we can help you to better accomplish your summer goals.

Find out more about each department\’s internship needs, and apply via the below links, as each team has it\’s own internship + associate programs and hiring managers. If you are applying for summer funding from your university or graduate school and have an upcoming deadline- Ashoka is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit- please make that very clear to the hiring manager in your cover letter.

If you are interested in being placed in a department based on your skill sets or have a general application, apply via the link on this page.

Follow the above link for specific internship postings and application instructions in the following departments:

Social Financial Services
Global Engagement
Start Empathy (Graduate Only)
Youth Venture
Youth Venture Storytelling Innovation
Fundraising and Development
Strategic Planning
Talent and Operations
Ashoka University
Ashoka Africa
Integrated Technology Initiative

International students and those from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 30, though applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, thus interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

We look forward to receiving your application!

*All Ashoka internships and summer associate positions are unpaid*