Erin Krampetz

Erin fosters the strategic development and growth of the Ashoka U community of practice with the goal of supporting colleges and universities everywhere to become hubs of social innovation.

RSF Social Finance is Recruiting for Year-Long Graduate Fellowship

Do you know of any graduate students interested in the emerging field of social finance? Then the RSF Social Finance Fellowship may be a perfect fit for an exceptional training and hands-on learning experience.

RSF seeks Fellows to serve in a one year Fellowship role, and they are actively recruiting across the U.S. and Canada. The Fellow will work in partnership with RSF to identify, vet, and pitch promising social impact businesses and organizations to RSF for financing (senior, secured debt and mezzanine debt).

As a 27-year old financial services nonprofit dedicated to giving, investing, and lending to nonprofits and social impact businesses, RSF will provide Fellows exposure to business development, due diligence, loan structuring, and term sheet negotiation.

RSF Fellows will get introductions to movers and shakers in the field located in their region, including credibility to grow their own network. As one former Fellow, Kate from the University of Colorado said, “one of the most valuable opportunities of the Fellowship was to learn about what is going on at social enterprises in my community – Denver, Fort Collins, and Boulder – and how I can help them grow.”

The deadline to apply for the Fellowship is September 30, 2011, and the finalists will be announced on October 7, 2011. Once selected, each Fellow will be assigned to a member of the RSF Lending Team for one-on-one bi-weekly phone calls through the end of the Fellowship in May 2012.

Ted Levinson, Senior Lending Manager at RSF, shares the following tip for applicants, “the ideal candidate is self-directed and outgoing with either experience or strong interest in one or more of RSF’s lending focus areas: food & agriculture, ecological stewardship, and education & the arts.”

Ashoka U hopes to see more opportunities such as this Fellowship in the future, but in the meantime, this Fellowship will be competitive with no more than three Fellows selected for each region. To be considered for this selective opportunity, we recommend that you focus on your cover letter and build your understanding of RSF’s focus areas and criteria. Of course, a desire to create social impact in your local community is a plus!

To apply, please submit the following by email only to by 9/30/2011. 

1) Resume;

2) Cover letter of one page only stating your interest and experience with social finance and social 

3) A one page investment memo on a social enterprise in your region that you feel meets RSF’s Core Lending or Mezzanine Fund criteria for financial sustainability and social impact. Please be specific about the potential you see for both financial and social return on investment.

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