Ashoka SFS Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 Deep-Dive Teams (Remote)

Start Date: 
January 19, 2017

Spring 2017 & Fall 2017 Deep-Dive Associates & Analysts

Ashoka SFS Internship Program



The Opportunity

Ashoka Social Financial Services (SFS) believes that markets can be a powerful tool to improve the character and quality of people’s lives. For almost a decade, Ashoka SFS has searched for and identified leading social entrepreneurs with systems-changing new ideas that use the market to create social impact. A sub-set of these social entrepreneurs is showing us something new: we can achieve greater impact by shifting the market itself to align financial success with social impact. These innovations change what it takes to win, and have the potential to shape large-scale patterns of market activity to benefit everyone.

The Ashoka SFS team has embarked on a collaborative effort to understand and share with others what we believe is a new way of thinking about and designing how our markets work.

We are currently looking for innovative and dynamic Associates and Analysts to join us (working remotely) in Spring 2017 and/or Fall 2017 to:

●      Investigate cutting-edge structural innovations and social entrepreneurs; 

●      Identify patterns to inform working hypotheses on trends and innovations driving social impact; and

●      Lead independent and team-oriented reflection on broader implications of research for improving the quality and character of people’s lives by changing how our markets work.

We encourage candidates to consider actively organizing and leading a small team of fellow students to dive deep into market-based solutions. Working remotely with our Deep-Dive Associates and Analysts, we support and guide them to design and carryout investigative projects; to move rapidly between collaborative work and independent research; test ideas against real cases by walking others through their research and ideas; and express passion for social impact through markets.  This leadership role involves: providing structure for weekly projects, communicate and revisit performance expectations with team members, and enabling teams to produce deliverables of the highest qua

What else we are looking for in Associates and Analysts

●      Determination, ambition, and passion for social and economic change at the level of systems

●      Capacity to move fluidly between rigorous research and quick turnaround-evaluations of innovations   

●      Ability to analyze information at a conceptual and operational level, and creative in solving problems of large-scale

●      Strong communication skills and ability to effectively collaborate with and across small (and potentially multidisciplinary) teams of 3-5 people

Job title is commensurate with abilities and experience. Successful candidates will have experience with detailed research and analysis as well as with the citizen sector (social sector, not-for-profit, social entrepreneurship). Candidates should be self-motivated, excellent communicators, conceptual thinkers, and thrive on seeing the world in new ways.

Why Ashoka Social Financial Services?

●      Great opportunity to work with a dynamic team that is incredibly passionate about unleashing the potential of markets to solve social problems

●      Contribute to building an exciting new initiative for a leading organization in supporting social entrepreneurs

●      Help support world-renowned social entrepreneurs all over the world

●      Gain concrete experience researching new and innovative ways to improve the quality and character of people’s lives through the market

While positions are unpaid, this partnership offers a unique vantage point to combine learning from the most powerful social innovations around the world with cutting-edge thought leadership.

How to Apply

1) Please send a Resume and Cover Letter to Jennifer Vogt, Innovation Manager at

2) Submit general information here

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We urge students to apply as soon as possible given the fast-paced nature of the projects. 




About Ashoka

Founded in 1980, Ashoka is the world’s working community of more than 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs. It champions the most important new social change ideas and supports the entrepreneurs behind them by helping them get started, grow, succeed, and collaborate. As Ashoka expands its capability to integrate and connect entrepreneurs around the world, it builds an entrepreneurial infrastructure that is supporting the fast-growing needs of the citizen sector.  Ashoka’s vision is to create change today, for an Everyone A Changemaker™ society to become the reality of tomorrow.  For more information, visit