Research and Data Management Volunteer

  • Chicago, IL, US

Please submit resume, cover letter, and brief data analysis writing sample by email to the Microfinance CEO Working Group.


Subject: Research & Data Management Intern Last Name, First Name

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

About the Microfinance Working CEO Working Group:

The Microfinance CEO Working Group is a collaborative effort by the CEOs of ten leading global microfinance organizations whose impact is felt in 86 countries on five continents, and whose products and services are designed to offer support and opportunity to millions of low-income people around the world. Its members include Accion, BRAC, CARE USA's Access Africa, FINCA, Freedom from Hunger, Grameen Foundation, Opportunity International, Pro Mujer, VisionFund International, and Women's World Banking. Since 2011, the Working Group has worked to support the positive evolution of the microfinance industry. The Working Group is committed to ensuring that the microfinance industry reaches its full potential by advocating for, and implementing, responsible business practices that keep clients at the forefront. Its agenda is both industry-facing, working with participants in microfinance, and outward-facing, addressing the broader community, especially those who support, influence and set the environment for the industry. The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion presently houses the secretariat for the Microfinance CEO Working Group.



The Microfinance CEO Working Group seeks a highly motivated individual with a can-do attitude willing to do a variety of tasks to support program related activities of the initiative, including research, data collection, and analysis to fill our Research and Data Management internship. The right candidate has demonstrated research and data management experience, a fanatical attention to detail, advanced Excel skills, and excellent communication skills. This candidate will work directly with the Program Manager and other Working Group network member staff to collect data, collaborate, and contribute to the programs of the Working Group. The schedule of weekly working hours will be determined in advance by the intern and staff; the intern will remain in contact with staff during their remote working hours via Gchat and/or Skype.

Key Responsibilities may include:

  • Conduct secondary research related to country specific financial inclusion landscapes and stakeholders
  • Conduct 'remote' primary research; may include scheduling calls at odd hours to accommodate different time zones
  • Create and maintain databases of information about Working Group affiliates and programs
  • Support the data collection and synthesis needed to effectively respond to donors
  • Support the efforts of the Working Group's Peer Groups as needed
  • Complete other administrative tasks and special projects for the MCWG as needed


  • Willing to report to college/university for academic credit
  • Recommendations available upon satisfactory completion of internship
  • Engagement with staff within the 10 network organizations
  • Ongoing feedback to develop professional etiquette
  • Undergraduate junior or senior or graduate student
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent research skills and ability to track and report findings
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Fluency in MS Office skills especially Excel and PowerPoint
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required; proficiency in multiple languages a plus (Spanish, French, Arabic, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Self-starter, willingness to take initiative and work both individually and in groups
  • Prior understanding of microfinance is desirable; however, we are willing to teach interns about microfinance if they can express their desire to enter this field
  • Ability to travel to an office location downtown Chicago 1-2 days a week (time on-site, in the office, to be determined with selected candidate)

Accion International

  • Chicago, IL, US
  • Duration:

    3 months or longer
  • Time commitment:

    A lot (10+ hours/week)
  • Times of day:

    Mornings Afternoons
  • Days of week:

  • Schedule:

    Flexible schedule

Accion International

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