Dec 7, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
By Camille Ricketts
Applications for the next class of Kiva Fellows now open!
Calling all world travelers, all microfinance fans, all global development experts. We want you!

Applications for the May 2013 class of Kiva Fellows are now open! Deadline: January 27.

You can find out everything you want to know and more on the Kiva Fellowship website, but to summarize: Kiva Fellows are remarkable individuals who spend four months (May-September) in the field working with one or more of Kiva's Field Partners to be our eyes and ears on the ground.

Kiva works with over 140 partners, including microfinance institutions, social enterprises, academic instituions, solar companies and more. This is what makes lending to thousands of borrowers possible. And none of it could happen without Kiva Fellows.


Kiva Fellow Anya Raza in Pakistan.

As a Fellow, you might find yourself meeting with borrowers, training partner staff how to post loans onto Kiva, taking photos of your travels, streamlining processes, making sure borrowers get their needs met and questions answers, and much more. There's no such thing as a typical Kiva Fellow experience.

And there's no such thing as a "typical Kiva Fellow" applicant.

Over the years, MBAs, filmmakers, professionals transitioning careers, lawyers, public policy researchers, consultants, financial planners, firefighters, engineers and veterans of the armed forces have all succeeded in the role and contributed in their own way. Fellows range in age from the minimum of 21 to over 60 years old, and come from all over the world.

If you're looking to make a difference, explore the world and be inspired, we encourage you to apply. Our Fellows have gone on to a countless number of careers, though many have been so hooked on Kiva that they've gone on to work in related fields or even at our partner organizations. When it comes to global visibility, you can't beat Kiva's brand.

Interested? 


Have questions? Send them to kivafellows@kiva.org.


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Camille brings her passion for storytelling to Kiva, where she helps create and curate online content. A longtime journalist, she started her career reporting on arts and culture for the Wall Street Journal in London and New York. In 2008, she joined San Francisco-based blog VentureBeat, writing about  green technology, policy and finance. Most recently, she worked in public relations for electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors. Outside of work, Camille volunteers as a web designer for maternal health nonprofit Saving Mothers. She holds a B.A. in women's history from Stanford University, where she also served as editor in chief of The Stanford Daily.

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