The FMS Placement Process Explained

The career-defining opportunity to work with social ventures and impact investment firms around the world.


“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”  ~ John Steinbeck
Jose (FMS ’13) getting ready to take off.

I’ve loved learning about the startup environment, the issues startups face, the time and resource constraints. It’s not like the corporate world where you have departments doing the work for you – you have to be resourceful, you do not have the luxury of time to research the best approach, you’ve got to just get in there and figure it out.

 – Albert Wong, FMS Fellow at One Degree Solar

Get ready to embark on one of the most professionally and personally rewarding experiences of your career. As an FMS Fellow you will join a network of nearly 300 impact-driven professionals who share your passion and dedication to solving today’s most intractable social problems through social enterprise and impact investment.

Ready to get started? Here is a snapshot of what you can expect on the first part of this exciting journey.

  • Program Welcome (Webinar and Fellow Handbook): the FMS Fellowship begins with an online webinar to welcome participants to the program and provide an overview of what to expect during the upcoming placement process. Fellows will receive a welcome packet / handbook prior to the webinar that they should review beforehand and come prepared with any questions.
  • The Placement Process (2 – 4 months): the placement process is where the fellowship learning experience really begins. Although this can be a nerve-wracking time for fellows as they wonder where they will be placed, we see huge successes from fellows who can clearly express their professional goals, build relationships, and above all, are truly adventurous and able to accept ambiguity with a positive attitude. Our team works with fellows to prepare them for their interviews and coaches them throughout the placement process.

The placement process is broken up into three main phases:

One-to-one Career Consultation
(October – November)

  • One-to-one career consultations take place within the first month after fellows have paid their program deposit.
  • Fellows meet with a member of the FMS team who works with the fellow to better understand their specific career goals, skillsets and professional maturity.
  • Prior to their career consultation, fellows will develop a personal pitch to a prospective employer that they will practice during the consultation with the FMS team.

Matching Process
(November – December)

  • The FMS team reviews available job opportunities and recommends each fellow to all potential matches, based on experience, skills, and career goals.
  • Partners receive the list of recommended candidates at which point partners short-list which fellows they would like to interview.
  • The FMS team introduces fellows to placement partners and share job descriptions

(December – February)

  • Once introductions are made it is up to the placement partner and fellows to arrange a time for an interview.
  • Fellows are guaranteed at least 3 interviews with prospective employers
  • Jobs are offered at the partner’s discretion
  • Once an offer is made fellows and employers must sign a copy of the agreed upon job description and submit to the FMS team.


  • Pre-Departure Orientation (Webinar and course materials): This webinar will take place 4-6 weeks prior to the 2-week certificate training in Amsterdam and Monterey and will focus on training logistics (flights, accommodation, travel insurance, important contacts, training agenda and readings). Former Fellows will join the conversation to provide guidance on what fellows can expect during the training and how to get the most out of the experience.
  • Two-week certificate training (Amsterdam or Monterey): Prior to departing on their field assignments, Fellows participate in an intensive, two-week certificate training that prepares fellows for 2-12 month field assignments with social enterprises and impact investment foundations in the US and abroad. The FMS training is an incredible opportunity to network with leading practitioners in the field and professional peers – you will be busy!
  • Field Assignments (US and Global Locations, 2-12 months): Two – four weeks following the FMS training, Fellows embark on field assignments with social enterprises and impact investment foundations in the US and abroad. While on assignment, fellows provide due diligence for investors and technical assistance for entrepreneurs to discover innovations, improve business processes, attract investments and promote sustainable business models.
  • Career support and peer mentoring: While in the field FMS Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in a series of Global Impact Chats with other fellows and mentors to share experiences, lessons-learned and new knowledge to maximize impact and cultivate resilience while in the field. Topics will also cover job search strategies for fellows transitioning out of their assignments.

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