Young Professionals Program (Volunteer)
- Passionate about social business and creating positive change?
- Want to shape the future of a new, innovative business?
- Want to develop your professional network and experience working as part of a high performing team delivering real outcomes?
- If so, this is the opportunity for you!
- Exciting and rewarding 2 week volunteer program! Use your skills to make a difference while gaining valuable new experience in India!
About the Organisation
Pollinate Energy is a group of young Australians who thrive on creating sustainable solutions to social problems. At the moment, the organisation is focused on energy access, but have plans to expand into many other complimentary well-being enhancements for poor people living in urban India.
About the Young Professionals Program
Pollinate Energy developed the Young Professionals Program to provide a social and international focus for professionals to take a deep dive into one of the most challenging environments in the world: a start-up Indian business that works with the poorest of the poor.
The aim of the program is to use the skills of fantastic professionals with diverse views, ideas and skillsets to help solve key business challenges and improve the company business model and operations. This is an opportunity for professionals to take a hiatus and think about their career direction and personal development, by throwing them into a new start-up landscape where they work with urban slum customers and use their skills to make Pollinate Energy's business better. The program also provides aspiring social entrepreneurs and change-makers with an insight into the world of social enterprise, helps grow their professional network and equips them with the tools they need to make their own ideas a reality.
"Pollinate Energy's young professional graduates will develop unique insights into opportunities and challenges in one of the world's faster growing economic regions." - Michael Skelton, Global Business Intelligence Manager, Buildings + Places, AECOM
For more information on the company and their Young Professionals Program, click here.
What Will You Be Doing?
Pollinate Energy now has multiple opportunities for driven individuals to join their Young Professionals Program, running from September 7th-18th, 2015, based in India.
Pollinate Energy’s Young Professionals Programs are all about implementing innovation. Program participants will support Pollinate Energy so it can overcome its biggest business challenges. Pollinate Energy set these challenges close to the start date of your program, so you can be sure that you are working on issues that are real, meaningful, and will have a huge impact on the organisation.
The types of projects you will embark upon will include:
- Improving and redesigning processes to scale – Pollinate Energy is on a steep growth curve, things will need to be done differently to manage this;
- Growing our Pollinators’ micro-businesses through new innovations – including product range expansion, sales strategy improvement and additional training; and
- Evaluating impact and recommending next steps – community consultation to understand short and long-term impacts of our work.
More specifically, some of your daily responsibilities will include:
- Working on a major project with 3-6 Indian and international young professionals;
- Undertaking career and professional development workshops, focusing on career planning, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship; and
- Working side by side with a Pollinator and Young Indian Professional counterpart to support the Pollinator.
The Young Professionals have a desire to explore different communities and cultures, and thereby find the best way to make a positive impact on the world. You will be the type of person that takes initiative and is driven to change the world around you for the better. Importantly, you will have empathy and consideration for others, along with exceptional interpersonal skills. This will allow you to build and maintain strong relationships and to communicate clearly with fellow participants and Indian counterparts.
Your passion for altruism and professionalism, coupled with a positive and enthusiastic attitude, will help you succeed in this program.
We are looking for young professionals with 3+ years experience in any field of work. We welcome people at all stages of their career. Our participants to date include professionals from ages 23 to 45, from graduates to senior business executives, from lawyers to engineers to graphic designers to bankers to NGO workers.
You have a desire to explore the world, challenge thinking and want to apply your skills to real-world problems. You have drive, motivation to make a change for the better and plenty of initiative.
What's in it for you?
This program is a fantastic opportunity to develop your career through interaction with leading social enterprise entrepreneurs and hands-on experience. You will benefit from tailored workshops and inspirational speakers from the start-up, social enterprise, impact investment and NGO world.
You will be provided with accommodation in Pollinate Energy Headquarters. Living among your fellow program participants, you are guaranteed to make life long friends!
In addition to the hard work and learning aspects of this program, you will also enjoy some free time where you can explore the city. Whether you are taking day tours to learn about crafts, temples and local sights, going for hikes, or taking a shopping trip, you are guaranteed to learn about and truely experience Indian culture.
If you have a drive to explore the world and make a big impact - Apply now!
Please note: As Pollinate Energy is a young social enterprise and still reliant on donations to support their work and facilitate their professional development programs, there is a fundraising requirement for all participants. However, the company has a network of alumni, case studies of fundraising activities and fundraising support to help you with this aspect.
There is a $3500 fundraising target for candidates wishing to participate in the program. The fundraising target should be met two weeks prior to arrival. These funds are contributed towards the growth of Pollinate Energy's operations in India. Flights must be paid for at each YPPer’s personal cost.
For more information on the program, fundraising and requirements, click here.