Last updated March 3, 2023
If you’re recently out of college and looking for an opportunity to get some hands-on experience in business and marketing, check out this list of business and marketing fellowships for recent graduates. These programs take place all over the world – including opportunities in Russia, Germany, and Japan, and include opportunities for further business education, leadership training, and hands-on involvement with businesses around the world. If one of these sounds exciting to you, bookmark it to your ProFellow account!
This Bowery Capital Fellowship is a 10-week summer program that pairs recent graduates with host companies to learn the various elements of sales and business operations at high-growth software businesses. Fellows are introduced to a mentor through the Bowery Capital network that is specifically chosen based on their ultimate career goals and interests. Fellows should have a strong interest in the startup ecosystem and how sales, marketing, and account management impact a company’s success. Fellows are paid directly through the host company.
This 12-week professional development fellowship engages fellows in the analytical process that informs US science and technology policy. Fellows develop the basic skills necessary to participate in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed a graduate degree within the last 5 years may apply. Areas of study may include any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law, business, public administration, or any relevant interdisciplinary field. Fellows receive a stipend of $11,000.
A full-year, reciprocal work-study fellowship providing 75 Americans, aged 18-24, with an understanding of everyday life, education, & professional training in Germany. Includes RT transatlantic flight, university tuition, language training, living stipend, & program-related travel costs in Germany: 2 months of language training in Germany, 4 months of study at a German university, and a 5-month internship in a German-speaking work environment. Also Accommodation in a German home/student residence, seminars, in-country support during the program & health & accident insurance.
Dog Tag Inc. (DTI) runs a living business school for transitioning veterans with service-connected disabilities, military spouses, and caregivers, empowering them to rediscover purpose through an entrepreneurship-focused fellowship program. Throughout the five-month program, fellows gain business skills in both the classroom and in practice at Dog Tag Bakery. The Fellowship program combines coursework, workshops, wellness techniques, guest speakers, and experiential learning to help fellows find what they want to do next beyond their military-connected service. Fellows graduate with a certificate in business administration from Georgetown University and receive a monthly stipend.
The East-West Center offers a chance each semester for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, to gain first-hand training experience at a US-Indo-Pacific research and education organization in Washington, DC. Applicants typically have a strong interest in US-Indo-Pacific relations and may be studying international relations, Asia studies, international economics, international political economy, public policy, international business, or other similar areas of study. Full-time participation comes with a $2,000/month stipend. Stipends are prorated for part-time participation and may count as university credits if your school permits. Applicants located outside DC are welcome, but residence in the DC metro area is preferred.
The El Pomar Fellowship is a two-year program focused on cultivating the next generation of leaders in the state of Colorado. Fellows learn everything from marketing and development to management and leadership and go on to become nonprofit CEOs, public officials, graduate students, and business executives. Candidates must be graduates of a four-year university or college and have a Colorado connection (resident, student/graduate from a Colorado college or university, immediate family) and/or an explicit interest in serving the communities of Colorado. Fellows receive a competitive salary and benefits.
A U.S. Student Fulbright Grant allows for individually designed study/research projects that will take place during one academic year (9-12 months) in a country outside the U.S. Applicants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The study/research awards are available in approximately 140 countries. For recent BA/BS graduates, graduate and doctoral students, and young professionals including artists, musicians, writers, journalists, and those in law, business, and other professional fields. Undergraduate and graduate students must apply through their institution; professionals and former students can apply through their alma mater or At Large.
The Gratitude Network Fellowship supports scale-stage social enterprises (non-profit or for-profit) serving children and youth. Through a year-long leadership development program, the Gratitude Network helps these organizations expand their reach. Fellows are matched and meet monthly with a highly-skilled Coach, receive support from expert advisors to help tackle operational and execution issues, meet regularly by video with their Fellow Cohort for a leadership roundtable and are invited to topical Growth Webinars and the annual Leadership Summit. Applicants must lead a social enterprise that is at least one year old and the social enterprise must have at least two full-time employees (including the Applicant).
The Halcyon Incubator program equips early-stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures and change the world. Fellows learn many aspects of running a business, receive mentorship throughout the entire process and make connections that will benefit them as they move forward with their idea. The fellowship includes a 14-week residency at the Halcyon House in Washington, DC, workspace after the initial training, and a stipend. Available to social entrepreneurs from around the world who are fluent in English and have legal work status in the U.S. during the time of the fellowship.
Laconia is a venture capital firm that leads seed rounds in B2B software companies revolutionizing legacy industries. Interns get full exposure to all aspects of the business, gaining exceptional insight into the inner workings of a venture firm. Interns work to identify investment prospects, review pitch decks, support due diligence on prospective companies, research industries, and competitors, and write investment memo drafts. They attend industry-related events, consult with portfolio companies, and support other operational activities. Interns receive a weekly stipend during the 3-5 month program and are often undergrad/grad students.
As a strategic initiative of LGT Impact Ventures, the LGT Impact Fellowship aims to provide additional know-how and capacity to social enterprises and offers professionals the opportunity to apply their skills in a meaningful way. Eligible candidates have an undergraduate degree and at least two years of full-time work experience in diverse business areas such as consulting, finance, operations, data analytics, IT, M&E, sales, product development, or marketing. Fellows work full-time for one year based on a monthly living stipend with our portfolio companies or regional investment teams in Africa, Brazil, China, India, the Philippines, or the UK.
Highly qualified final-year undergraduate students or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarships for a full Master’s degree program at a German university or for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or Master’s degree program completed in the home country. Graduating seniors (fourth-year students in Canada), graduate students, and recent graduates who have completed their Bachelor’s degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline are welcome to apply. Students who are in the first year of a full Master’s degree program in Germany may also apply to fund their second year of the Master’s program.
The TechnoServe Fellows Program invites business professionals to contribute their skills in helping to change the lives of those living in poverty. Fellows experience the field of international development firsthand while building new skills and challenging themselves in a cross-cultural and entrepreneurial environment. Fellows help with a wide variety of projects and are a crucial part of the businesses they are helping. The fellowship is for 3 months or more and does not offer a salary but covers costs for the fellow including per diem expenses, visas, and other travel costs. Professionals from around the world are invited to apply.
The Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program is a nationwide competition for women entrepreneurs. Each Fellow will participate in a one-year program that includes: mentoring, networking, and business guidance for one year, a $5,000 grant to further their business education and a 5-day trip to New York City to the Tory Burch headquarters that will include the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition. The winner of the pitch competition will receive a $100,000 grant investment. Your company must be registered and operated in the United States.
Venture for America is a two-year fellowship program for recent college graduates interested in entrepreneurship and working in a fast-paced, innovative startup environment. VFA Fellows interview with vetted company partners across U.S. cities with emerging startup ecosystems. After securing the right full-time, salaried job, Fellows train for a month with world-class business leaders and entrepreneurs to build the skills they’ll need to succeed in a startup environment and as founders. Throughout the fellowship, they learn how to contribute to a high-growth business and gain access to mentorship, ongoing training, and the nationwide VFA community.
The Wild Gift hosts wilderness-based fellowships designed to provide entrepreneurs with leadership skills, community, and connection to the outdoors. Fellows receive a $2500 stipend, a 3-week backpacking trip (May), and 6 months of virtual programming (April-November). Eligible applicants have launched (or are ready to launch) a social or environmental venture and are between the ages of 21-35. Check here for more information.
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