Business Cultivation Fellowship—Core/Advanced Stage

Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply
Laura Smulian

At Alterna we’re looking for bright and talented people to join our Business Cultivation Fellowship Program. Alterna fellows get hands-on experience working with advanced stage social entrepreneurs across Central America, and during their time with Alterna, significantly contribute to an innovative solution to economic development. Business Cultivation Fellows are immersed in the social entrepreneurship community and exit the program with invaluable skill sets, working 1:1 with local entrepreneurs in advanced stages of business development.

This program is for professionals with relevant experience eager to take on a new challenge in the field of social entrepreneurship and business management where it matters most. It\’s the type of hands-on involvement that will allow you to generate a lasting, sustainable impact, while all the time developing your professional skills, learning with, and from, other Alterna fellows and Alterna\’s senior leaders.

Work 1:1 with a portfolio of advanced stage entrepreneurs to support their growth as they assess and achieve their strategic goals for development
Develop, build out and analyze social impact strategies for local entrepreneurs aiming to make a positive impact in their community.
Develop Alterna\’s internal strategy and consulting methodology, helping to adjust and improve our advanced-stage entrepreneur cultivation program
Measure and evaluate the social impact of clients\’ businesses
Design expansion plans for advanced stage entrepreneurs, conducting market research, risk analyses and cost-benefit analyses with local experts and entrepreneurs
Assist in the program development to identify, attract and retain new and ongoing relationships and partnerships to source Alterna with highly qualified mentors, fellows, and interns.
Continuously researching innovative approaches, ideas and best practices in the areas of Impact Investing and social entrepreneurship

A degree in Finance, Economics, Marketing, International Business or Management; Pursuing or hold an MBA or MS in Business, Economics, Marketing and Sales, Organizational Behavior, or Finance is a major advantage
3-5 years of professional experience within a multinational organization, consulting firm, corporate entity or similar organization
6-12 month commitment to working on the ground in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Expressed interest in working in the impact investing or social entrepreneurship sector through our Cultivation Program, learning along with us and applying models to help our social businesses achieve lasting results.
Strong analytical, business judgment and problem-solving skills
Fluency in Spanish
Strong sense of professionalism, conduct and prior experience managing client relationships

Professional working proficiency English
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
Proficiency in Office suite
Knowledge of, and passion for, social entrepreneurship and impact investing
Solid professional trajectory, ideally in a multinational, consultancy or leading NGO

To apply, please send us your CV and a cover letter, including how you heard about Alterna, when you would be able to start, and how much time you would be able to dedicate. Send these Please include your name in the Subject of the email. We look forward to receiving your application!