Acumen Latin America is looking for a Short Term Intern who is excited by our Leadership Development work and ready to pitch in. This role is a full-time opportunity from mid-January – mid-December 2019.  

About Acumen

Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders, and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services enable the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $114 million in 109 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills, and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.  

About Acumen Latin America (ALA)

Acumen’s commitment to Latin America began in 2012. With an initial focus in Colombia and Peru, we have built an investment portfolio of eight companies, a committed team and strong community in the region. Core to our success is the ability to identify, resource, and build a world class portfolio that demonstrates the power of patient capital to solve the problems of poverty in Latin America and the world more broadly. Equally important is to leverage our experience into insights that compel this ecosystem of funders, operators, and policy makers to catalyze a broader paradigm shift in the battle against poverty.

Currently, the main focus of our work is in postconflict areas of Colombia where we are experimenting with investments in community generated businesses as a way to tackle not only issues of economic livelihood but to support communities that have faced enormous economic exclusion and violence in gaining greater autonomy and a stronger voice to shape the future of their territories.


As a short-term Analyst, you will work with the Acumen Latin America team based in Bogotá, in close relationship with the Communications and Leadership teams. You will support in the development and impact Acumen’s work in the region, as well as in the launching year of the Fellowship Program. As part of your core functions, you will provide support to our Fellows Program in identifying and inviting potential fellowship candidates to apply, supporting the design and execution of community events; support the selection process, creating communication content for our different channels and using storytelling to share about our work; and overall ensure that we continue to deliver a world-class experience to the Fellows. This position reports to the Leadership Manager.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Support the Leadership team on the logistics, operation, and execution of seminars, major events, Beyond Year 1 and community programming (inclusive of Selection Conference, recruitment info sessions, fellow gatherings, etc.)
  • Coordinate all operational aspects of Acumen’s renown Fellowship Program inclusive of negotiating with venues on pricing, rebooking Fellows flights, managing special requests (diet, dates, allergies, etc.) manage transportation plan and generally ensuring that all logistics are covered.
  • Assist with last minute changes, details and oversight as it relates to event logistics including but not limited to venue coordination, catering, and set up.
  • Lead in organization of event materials, and supplies. 
  • Support the logistics behind any Acumen related event which might include info-sessions, Good Society reading workshops, among others; in Bogotá and other cities
  • Assist with post event debrief and follow up as needed.
  • Data Collection & QA – Design and document all data relevant for evaluating program effectiveness, including managing QA, feedback forms, and Fellows’ own progress inside and outside seminar
  • Database management – Manage and update Colombia Fellows Database and our outreach databases; track Fellow’s achievements and collaborations
  • Communications –  Support the creation of a fellows’ newsletter and leverage social media to engage our community (i.e. Fellows Facebook group, Acumen’s blog, Twitter, LinkedIn); draft announcements and social media posts; share Fellows stories throughout the year

Qualifications & Characteristics

  • Advanced University Degree in Tourism Management, Communications or Business Administration
  • Basic knowledge in project management and event management
  • Interested in leadership, community management, communications, social enterprise and social impact
  • A passion for execution and planning
  • Problem solving skills and a result-oriented, open and entrepreneurial work attitude
  • Good written and oral communication skills in Spanish
  • Medium level of English, both orally and in writing
  • Additional characteristics we seek for all roles at Acumen: 
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for the organization’s mission to change the way the world tackles poverty, and respect for our core values: generosity, accountability, humility, audacity, listening, leadership, integrity and respect
  • Ability to thrive in ambiguity, remain cool-headed when there are curve balls, and withstand the tests of a rapidly changing environment with resilience and resolve
  • A sense of humor (really)


Bogota, Colombia

Compensation and benefits: Commensurate with experience.

Being part of the Acumen team for a year also means having free access to our +Acumen courses, ecosystem events, and access to the day-to-day operations of one of the key players in the social impact ecosystem in Colombia.

Application Requirements

Please apply here by submitting a resume and a response to the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to do this work for Acumen in Latin America?  (MAX: 150 words)
  2. What are your top two skills relevant to this position? Give evidence of these skills have made you successful in the past. (MAX 150 words)


Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; deadline is Oct 28th, 2018.

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