Monday, 20 April 2015

Interns Ashoka Belgium

Ashoka Belgium is recruiting interns
Selection / Support of innovative social entrepreneurs / Changemaker Schools / Partnerships / Communication / Impact
At least 6 months - To start as soon as possible
Present in nearly 85 countries, Ashoka is a non-profit organisation whose goal, for the last 30 years, has been to contribute to the development and efficiency of the social entrepreneurship sector. Its core work consists of supporting the development of innovative social entrepreneurs, enabling these "pioneers" to participate in the expansion of the sector and accelerate the delivery of social innovation in areas such as education, health, the fight against discrimination, sustainable development and human rights. They are selected through a rigorous process and given financial and professional support to help them increase their social impact. Nearly 3,000 innovative social entrepreneurs are now part of the worldwide Ashoka network.
Ashoka Belgium was established in 2007 and continues to grow within the France/Belgium/ Switzerland cluster. Each year, the Ashoka Belgium network expands its network of Belgian entrepreneurs, both French and Dutch speaking entrepreneurs, who currently number nine. Last year saw the launch of the second Belgian edition of the IMPACT programme, called “Energy for all”, in partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation, to support and reward young initiators of projects with a social and environmental impact in the field of fuel poverty. The challenge of Ashoka Belgium is to develop its reputation through various communication, development and structure projects in the social entrepreneurship sector. The Belgian office is located in Brussels and consists of a country manager, a process manager and five interns.
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Proposed missions
As the structure of Ashoka Belgium is continually changing, the roles assigned to interns are varied and require a great ability to work on multiple initiatives and projects simultaneously.
Venture programme – Selection of social entrepreneurs
Venture is the Ashoka network's selection programme for innovative social entrepreneurs.  At the core of Ashoka's work, Venture is how the history of all Fellows begins. Within the Venture programme, you will review nominations, meet Belgian Fellowship candidates and evaluate projects and their potential. It is also a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of social entrepreneurship, gain an overview of the projects and entrepreneurs that drive it and acquire in-depth knowledge of the specifics of the sector.
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Fellowship programme – Support of social entrepreneurs
Once selected, candidates officially join the network and become Ashoka Fellows. As part of the Fellowship programme, you will maintain contact with these social entrepreneurs. You will organise meetings and events to expand the dynamics of the network and promote exchanges between its members. To facilitate these exchanges, you will also capitalise on good practices and disseminate solutions to help each of the Fellows to change scale more easily.
Changemaker Schools programme – Reimagining learning for the 21st century
A new programme at Ashoka, Changemaker Schools aims to create a network of schools that want to change the conversation in education both in Europe as worldwide by promoting changemaker skills like empathy, leadership, creativity and teamwork. In this context, you will explore the field of education, meet its actors (schools, associations,…), manage a project developed by an international team and lead schools to a selection panel. Exciting, dynamic and in phase with our time are the main characteristics of the programme.
Development and Co-Creation programme
As part of the development programme, you will help lead and develop the Ashoka Support Network for business leaders in addition to partnerships with private businesses and social entrepreneurs. You will work particularly on the development of the network of prescribers and ASN members. Besides you will work on new partnerships with foundations, organisations and companies while encouraging the co-creation of innovative solutions where the social, business and public sectors meet.
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Communication programme
Within the communication cluster, the intern will assist in the deployment of Ashoka's communication strategy in Belgium: PR (assist with writing press releases, media contacts, promotion of the Fellow of the month), monitoring of the website and social networks, creation of new tools (development of video, media, brochures,…), events management. You can now follow us on:
IMPACT programme
Ashoka Belgium has launched the second Belgian edition of the IMPACT programme last year, in partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation. This programme rewards between 10 and 15 innovative social entrepreneurship initiatives in the field of fuel poverty. The selected project initiators receive free vocational training to structure their business model and build a sustainable business model. As part of this programme, the intern will assist in the organisation of training sessions and programme events and possibly act as junior coach for one of the project leaders.
Required skills and experiences
Technical skills: master's degree, knowledge of the social entrepreneurship sector, fluency in English and Dutch and basic computer tools.
Required experience: project management, associative experience, entrepreneurship, start-ups, communication (public relations and press relations), marketing and event organisation.
Personal skills: high motivation, changemaker skills (empathy, leadership, creativity and teamwork), autonomy and organisational capacity for analysis, synthesis and understanding of sector issues, adaptability, flexibility, sense of responsibility and reliability and ability to fit into a dynamic and flexible structure.
Location: 1517 Chaussée de Wavre, 1160 Auderghem, Brussels
Duration: At least six months. We recruit on a rolling basis.
Please send us your application (resume and cover letter) with reference « Ashoka Belgium - Internship Application 2015 » at:
Virginie SAMYN
Director of Ashoka Belgium
Phone: +32 (0)495 211 432

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