Myanmar / Bangladesh
What is Alter?
Alter Global finds and helps scale the best businesses in frontier markets. We work primarily with technology-enabled ventures with the potential to create thousands of jobs and/or value for millions of consumers in their markets. Our current countries of operation are Bangladesh, Myanmar, Haiti, Cuba, and Afghanistan. We possess an entrepreneurial culture that thrives on autonomy, ownership, excellence and feedback.
What is the Alter Summer Associate Program?
The Summer Associate Program provides graduate students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the opportunities in and challenges of entrepreneurship in frontier markets.
Summer Associates will have the opportunity to work on the ground in either Myanmar or Bangladesh alongside the executive leadership of Alter’s rapidly growing partner companies on key strategic initiatives. These companies have been selected by Alter due to being on the forefront of technological and business innovation in their respective frontier market environments. Companies currently looking for Summer Associates include Pathao, Chaldal, Praava and Frontiir.
The Summer Associate Program lasts for 8-12 weeks between May and September. Start and end dates are decided on a case-by-case basis.
What will I gain from the Summer Associate Program?
Summer Associates get the opportunity to design their own experience in frontier markets. They can gain a broad overview of frontier markets with the Alter leadership team, while also understanding challenges on the ground by working with one of our partner companies abroad. Alter will ensure that Summer Associates are paired with best-in-class companies led by exceptional entrepreneurs who are creating profitable and impactful businesses in challenging environments. Associates will also have the opportunity to use their skills and experience to help create both jobs and valuable services in regions where each is scarce.
What kind of training does Alter provide in the Program?
Alter will organize a short half-day orientation and training program in San Francisco and Boston for the Summer Associates to meet each other and learn more about Alter’s model and partner companies. At the orientation, the Summer Associates will develop learning outcomes for their individual goals for the duration of the summer. The orientation will also include trainings on business cultures in Alter’s countries of operation, briefs on host organizations and resources that the Summer Associates will have access to on the ground. The orientation will also allow the Associates to meet and bond with their cohort and meet Alter’s staff and supporters.
How is the compensation structured?
We aim for the Summer Associate program to be at least cost-neutral for all Associates: you will not be expected to pay for anything out of your own pocket. The host company will provide Associates with housing, airfare to and from the country, and, in some cases, a stipend that will be sufficient to cover living expenses within the country. Summer Associates can also tap into resources available to them at their respective graduate schools, and Alter will compensate them for the rest.
What are projects with host companies like?
Summer Associates work closely with the executive teams of host companies on strategic growth initiatives. The projects are sourced by Alter and the final scope is defined with the Associate. Previous projects at Alter have included the development of new products for a WiFi-mesh internet service provider in Myanmar, a strategic restructuring plan for a bank in Afghanistan, and the development of an omni-channel strategy for a large retailer in Myanmar. In rare instances, an Associate’s work-plan may change depending on the ground realities of host companies’ strategic priorities.
Who are my Alter contacts on the ground?
Alter’s Director of Asia will be available for the Associates in Myanmar and Afghanistan to ensure they have the best environment to perform and learn through their projects. However, the Associate will not be supervised daily by Alter personnel. Instead, Alter will ensure that the Associate’s overall experience is fulfilling and comfortable by checking in on a biweekly basis.
Eligibility and Application
- In addition to an alignment with Alter’s values, an ideal candidate is ambitious, not afraid of risks, persistent, and wants to help transform the developing world.
- Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a graduate program and have at least 2-3 years of work experience, which ideally includes independently driving parts of client projects and maintaining strong relationships with client teams.
- Candidates are not expected to have prior experience in any specific industry or country.
- Candidates are not expected to be fluent in any language except for English.
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