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2017 Program: University of Oxford – Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School


Deadline: Applications are closed
Date and Location: September 2017 at the University of Oxford

[email protected] develops talented professionals into the next generation of leaders in social enterprise and impact investing. In partnership with Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, This program is designed to give you the knowledge, coaching, and connections you need to lead organizations addressing some of the most pressing challenges of our time. If you’re ready to accelerate your impact career, submit an interest form for our program today.

This is not an internship program, but rather a leadership development program designed to help you build a long-term career in social enterprise.

Why Choose IBL?

  • Strengthen your understanding of social enterprise in an intensive workshop held in Oxford. This workshop is taught by current leaders in the space who explore key factors in managing high-growth social enterprises.
  • Position yourself for success in a one-on-one executive coaching session with IBL’s Executive Director, David Kyle. David has extensive global experience in business, social enterprise, and impact investing with well-known organizations such as Citibank, Acumen, Calvert Foundation, and the Indian School Finance Company.
  • Connect with our network of over 1300 social enterprises and impact investors who are looking for emerging leaders with strong functional and management experience. Whether you’re looking for a new role, contract, or partnership, IBL gives you access to thousands of opportunities.

Our Ideal Candidate

Candidates should have legal permission to be in the UK during the program.

IMG_5597Our ideal candidate has the following traits:

  • From 5 to 10 years of work experience
  • Interest in a career addressing major social challenges
  • Strong analytical and communications skills and tolerance for ambiguity and change
  • Undergraduate degree required



“David’s advice has been very valuable to me as I launch a social enterprise. He knows India and how people respond, act, and behave which allowed him to be an early sounding board. His perspective really helps because he has a very broad understanding of both the social sector and the corporate world. Because his background is similar to mine, having worked in the corporate world and started his own social enterprise, I trust his view on whether my thought process is headed in the right direction.” – Arpita, 2015 Participant


IBL equipped me with the skills, tools and networks to not only enter the impact investing space, but also to deepen my own impact footprint, scale the initiatives I spearhead and think innovatively about solutions to some of Asia’s most pressing problems – from empowering rural women in the Philippines through the Women’s Livelihood Bond to building sustainable peace in Afghanistan through the IIX N-Peace Innovation Challenge. I am extremely grateful to IBL and The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund for empowering me to reinvent who I was and reimagine who I could be. – Natasha, 2014 Participant


Coming from a non social background, IBL was a perfect opportunity for me to put a foot in the door for a career in the social development world. In addition to benefitting from the immense experience of the practitioners providing the training, IBL’s extensive network in the impact space helped me land a unique job with a social organisation which has clear goals to achieve financial sustainability, which is a big motivating factor. The experience so far has taught me to approach projects and enterprises through various lenses, and to have a strong social perspective for analysis. – Amol, 2014 Participant

Program Fees

Application Fee: $25. We take our application process seriously and provide feedback to both successful and unsuccessful applicants.

Program Cost: $4,000 (~2,700 GBP)

This does not include transportation, room, or board for the 7-day workshop.
There are no scholarships available.


Saïd Business School, Univesity of Oxford

Saïd Business School at Oxford University blends the best of new and old. We are a young, vibrant, and innovative business school deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university. We educate people for successful business careers, and as a community seek to use our business acumen and global network to address long-horizon phenomena like demographic change, new technologies and natural resource scarcity. We deliver cutting-edge education and ground-breaking research that transforms individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. We seek to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class university, tackling world-scale problems.

“IBL workshop provided a comprehensive overview of Social enterprises and a first hand experience of the Stakeholders which lead me to strongly consider pursuing an entrepreneurial career in this space. Thereafter, IBL lead me to an opportunity in a senior position at an educational start up which will provide me with relevant exposure, experience and prepare me for my next role as an entrepreneur.”

“Based on my experience, IBL’s job matching services was the best experience ever. I got exactly what I wanted.  I specifically joined IBL to transition from my role at Safaricom into a job that is meaningful, impactful, and in a work environment where I can flourish. I’m so happy to get a job at OkHi that fits my expectations. IBL is something I would encourage to anybody else facing my dilemma of the corporate world. Besides the job matching, the networking was important for me. I got to meet an exciting group of people. I believe this group will, one day, help me down the road. The job matching was great, but I also appreciated being a part of such an energetic and dynamic group that has a lot of potential. I really am grateful.”

“My engagement with IBL extended beyond my first placement, and the IBL team were very welcoming, responsive and supportive as I moved from my first role to another. Aside from helping me understand my long-term career objectives, they worked with me to identify short-term career goals and an employer profile that went beyond traditional factors such as company size and compensation to assessing the ideology, work culture, industry relevance, and impact potential. This kind of insight, gained from years of practical experience and sector knowledge, was invaluable.”

“IBL brought a blend of networking, career development, and idea sharing that would be valuable to anyone hoping to join the emerging social enterprise sector. During the one week workshop, IBL organized experienced practitioners who cogently described the social enterprise space from an investor and investee perspective. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the program was the cohort of diverse professionals contributing to the program by sharing their expertise. Not only did I find an exciting job opportunity through IBL, I left with a support group to call on long after the workshops ended.”