Acceso Fellowship Program for Graduate Students and Young Professionals

The Acceso Social Business Fellowship Program is a two to twelve-month program giving graduate students and driven young professionals the opportunity to obtain hands-on, real-world experience supporting or working within a portfolio of innovative social businesses.

About Acceso

Acceso is a pioneering social business builder that brings entrepreneurial solutions to global poverty. Acceso builds, invests start-up capital into, manages, and scales social agribusinesses that improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and fishers and their communities by increasing agricultural productivity, creating job opportunities, and facilitating long-term linkages to high value markets. Acceso currently manages a portfolio of high-impact agribusinesses in Colombia, Haiti, and El Salvador with plans for replicating its model across Latin America and the Caribbean.

About the Fellowship Program

Acceso currently operates a portfolio of four social businesses in Colombia, Haiti, and El Salvador, with several new opportunities under analysis in new geographies. Across our agribusinesses, we have impacted more than 15,000 smallholder farmers and farm workers, generating more than $48m in farmer income to date.

Changing lives at scale through innovative social business models is a task requiring the collaboration of creative, entrepreneurial, and bright minds from a variety of backgrounds from around the globe. The Acceso team, including senior management of its businesses, is currently comprised of 20+ individuals in four countries from a variety of backgrounds including private equity, engineering, impact investing, consulting, logistics, agriculture, international development, sales, and accounting. In just over five years, our innovative model has scaled to annual portfolio revenues of over $20m and breakeven EBITDA. Our model incorporates numerous partners including major national and international retailers, fast food chains, hotels, foundations, and impact investors including Acumen and Global Partnerships.

As we continue to scale our businesses and replicate our model, we are seeking motivated graduate students and young professionals looking to tackle the intricacies of operating social businesses first-hand. By joining our team, Acceso fellows will directly learn from Acceso experts about operations management, business case development, best practices in farmer management, financial and social reporting, and other topics.

The Acceso Fellowship Program is a two to twelve-month program (dependent upon agribusiness project needs and fellow schedules), throughout which Acceso fellows will have the unique opportunity to obtain hands-on, real-world experience within a portfolio of social businesses.

There are two types of placements:

  • New York-based placements working with Acceso’s central team in New York for graduate students or young professionals in the U.S.
  • In-country placements working directly with Acceso agribusinesses in Colombia, Haiti and El Salvador. At this time because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, candidates must be local and already based in those countries to apply.

Based on experience and interest level, Acceso fellows will tackle real issues, develop strategies, and oversee projects in diverse work areas ranging from data management, finance and accounting, operations, social impact, and fundraising. The fellowship is unpaid, however Acceso will cover all fellowship-related travel expenses and in some cases provide a modest monthly stipend. Additionally, we are exploring partnership opportunities with universities so that students can obtain academic credit and/or funding from their institution.

Examples of past fellowship projects

  • Overseeing setup and deployment of farmer network management platform (Haiti).
  • Developing marketing plan for new export products (New York).
  • Developing and deploying operations dashboards (Côte d’Ivoire).
  • Coaching local sales teams and developing new sales dashboard tools (Haiti).
  • Updating and delivering new farmer training modules (Haiti).
  • Planning and executing operational expansion to new regions (Indonesia).
  • Financial modeling and rollout of new systems and software (Colombia).

2020 Acceso fellowships

  1. Developing and implementing export strategies for multiple products from Acceso agribusinesses (New York with possible travel to Haiti, Colombia and El Salvador) Filled
  2. Improving Acceso agribusiness financial, operational and social data analytics (New York with possible travel to Haiti, Colombia and El Salvador) Filled
  3. Leading pre-construction phase for new processing and collection centers (Haiti) Filled
  4. Deploying digital farm management and farmer to consumer traceability tools (Colombia) Filled
  5. Improving farmer training programs and incorporating updated services (Haiti and Colombia) Filled for Haiti. Open in Colombia.
  6. Building and researching a pipeline of future donors and supporters for Acceso. Open

Fellow profiles and requirements

Fellows are proven professionals who contribute valuable business acumen and experience to our teams on the ground. Skills we look for include:

  • strong analysis and research
  • business plan development
  • financial modeling
  • operations
  • organizational development
  • project and time management
  • marketing

Experience and other criteria we look for:

  • Minimum of two years’ full-time work experience, often in management consulting, financial services, corporate strategy, logistics, international development or industry
  • High degree of enthusiasm and flexibility
  • A passion and commitment to effect social change
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work comfortably in unfamiliar, entrepreneurial, fast-paced, and challenging environments
  • Strong team player and experience working with cross-cultural and international teams
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Excel and PowerPoint
  • Proficiency in Spanish, French, and/or Haitian Creole is required for in-country positions


Fellowship 5: Improving farmer training programs and incorporating updated services in Colombia

Title: Improving farmer training program and incorporating updated services
Location: Bogotá or Barranquilla, Colombia
Language requirements: Fluent Spanish and English
Ideal timeline: September – December 2020
Reporting to: Acceso Associate Director and Agronomy Manager


Objectives: In addition to market access, credit distribution, and targeted inputs, Acceso agribusinesses also provide trainings to improve farmer productivity, efficiency, and production quality. Acceso agribusinesses use technicians based in highly productive sourcing regions that help plan production, host farmer trainings, and visit farmer parcels throughout production seasons. Acceso has developed dozens of targeted trainings, services, and contract structures across its agribusinesses. Acceso is seeking fellows to update all farmer training documents and tools based on latest best practices, the impact of previous trainings on farmer productivity, and the current portfolio of services and contract offerings.

Description: The fellow will work directly with Acceso Associate Director, Acceso Agronomy Manager, and Acceso agribusiness managers to review all farmer training programs and services. Additionally, fellow will evaluate training needs based on importance of crop as a part of current and future portfolio, and shortlist target crops for training program focus. Based on review and assessment of existing tools, as well as latest best practices, services, and contract offerings, fellow will produce an updated, comprehensive and integrated farmer training program. Farmer training program will include recommended training and visit schedule, training materials, farmer contracts, service descriptions, and other promotional materials.


  • Aggregate and review all existing training programs, services, and contract documents.
  • Assess impact of previous training programs and evaluate and shortlist targeted focus crops for future training program based on agribusiness feedback.
  • Update and ensure integration of all training program documents and tools, including updated Acceso branding.
  • Develop schedule for updated training program deployment and ensure integration into Farmforce for ongoing impact assessment of program effectiveness both at individual technician and overall network levels.


  1. MS Word-based assessment of existing farmer training materials and programming
  2. MS PowerPoint-based assessment and recommendations of crop-focused trainings
  3. MS PowerPoint-based updated training materials including overview of services and contract schemes
  4. MS Word-based comprehensive summary of training program and all corresponding documents and tools
  5. MS Word-based training program schedule for technicians including integration into Farmforce
  6. MS Word-based recommendations for future, on-going evaluations of training effectiveness and impact
  7. MS Word-based handover report outlining key responsibilities and recommendations on next step
  8. Blog post and/or article summarizing your personal fellowship experience with Acceso


Specific qualifications:

  • Farmer training, extension and sourcing background and/or degree in agronomy
  • Familiarity with interactive training methods
  • Experience developing training programs for farmers
  • Strong project management skills and ability to work independently


Fellowship 6: Building and researching a pipeline of future donors and supporters for Acceso

Location: New York or other city (flexible), U.S.
Language requirements: English
Minimum duration: Three months
Ideal timeline: September – December 2020
Reporting to: Acceso VP of Development

Objectives: Acceso is undergoing an exciting time of growth for its agribusinesses and related humanitarian/feeding programs in-country. Acceso is seeking a fellow to supporting the development of a new development/fundraising strategy to raise funding from diverse philanthropic, public as well as private sector sources to accelerate Acceso’s aggressive growth plans and to increase the capacity of its farmers.

Description: The fellow will work directly with Acceso’s VP, Development to prospect and research new funders and grant opportunities. The fellow will also help compile and organize existing and information around funding prospects in a new CRM database, potentially Salesforce.


  • Research funding prospects (foundations, DFIs, local governments, high-net-worth individuals, family offices, corporate philanthropy) focused on agriculture, nutrition, and refugees/migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Support the development of new presentation and fundraising materials and collateral targeted to donors
  • Compile and organize existing and information around funding prospects and existing partners in a new CRM database.


  1. New CRM database organized with all funder information
  2. MS Word-based handover report outlining key findings and recommendations on next steps
  3. Blog post and/or article summarizing your personal fellowship experience with Acceso

Specific qualifications:

  • Fundraising or management consulting experience
  • Strong written, oral and presentation skills
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Experience with Salesforce, NetSuite, or other CRM tool preferred
  • Strong project management skills and ability to work independently
  • Oral and written proficiency in Spanish a bonus


How to apply

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The Acceso Social Business Fellowship Program aligns candidate skills and interests with project requirements, and applicants are interviewed as new opportunities emerge. Please note that the process for becoming an Acceso fellow is highly selective and competitive.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in the program, what part it will play in your career development, current project of interest, and timing/length of service to with the subject “Acceso Fellows Application”.