Propel Impact Consulting Fellowship

Learn to tackle tomorrow’s challenges.

Understand a problem space. Work with a team.
Build a solution. See it through.

Apply next in Spring 2023

Who is it for: youth aged 18 - 30 across Canada
How long is it: 10 hours/week (May 2023 - April 2024)
Learn and apply crucial skills.
Our Fellowship program is comprehensive, nationally recognized, and directly applicable. You'll learn the skills you need to thrive in the sector—through hands on and workshop-based learning.
Grow as you make an impact.
We don't want you sitting on the sidelines. You want to make the world a better place—and as a Fellow you will. See how past Fellows have learned while making a real impact.
Join a supportive community.
As a Fellow, you'll be welcomed into a space filled with friendship and opportunity. You'll be first in line for summer internships at select firms, meet brilliant peers, and strengthen your professional network.

Meet some of our
brilliant Fellows!

There are three key ingredients to the Impact Consulting Fellowship

Training • Personal and Professional Development • Consulting Project

Training

Principles
The values at the root of effective, thoughtful, and compassionate change-making.

• Anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices
• Reconciliation and decolonization
• Community-based research
Knowledge & Frameworks
The mental models that you need for effective impact projects.

• Scaling ideas
• Systems thinking
• Stakeholder mapping
Technical skills you need for a successful career in social innovation and social finance.
Social Innovation
• Impact measurement
• Market research
• Research ethics
• Research methodologies
• Design thinking and design research

Personal and Professional
Development

Community Building
• Alumni-led mentorship and wellness program
• Virtual social events with like-minded peers across Canada
Personal Development
• One-on-one check-ins with Program Managers
• Career planning and development advising
Network-building
• One-on-one, virutal coffee chats with industry professionals
• Speaker series featuring practitioners from various fields in social innovation and social finance

Consulting Projects

After your Fellowship, you're eligible to become an Analyst—putting you first in line for internships at organizations like

Impact Investing Organizations
Incubators and Accelerators

How it all works

February: Submit an application
Make sure you’re eligible and submit an application:

You need:
- To have 5 hours/week available from May - August, and 10 hours/week available from September - March (with a programming break in December)
- To have a demonstrated interest in and care for environmental and social issues
- To have strong self-awareness, empathy, and emotional intelligence

You don't need:
- To have prior consulting experience
- To have studied business
- To have relevant working experience
May - August: Training
Throughout the summer, you'll spend 5 hours a week learning through workshops and online assignments.
October - November: First Project
You'll work actively with an impact-driven organization to solve a crucial problem.
Spend your summer as anInnovator-in-Residence & paid Analyst
As a Fellow, you'll be first in line for our Residency program: where you’ll spend 25% of your summer working with Propel Impact as an Innovator-in-Residence and 75% of your time working as a paid Analyst in one of our partner organizations.
March: Interview Process
You'll be interviewed by two Propel Impact team members
September: Project Preperation
In September, you'll be preparing to work on your first impact consulting project.
January - March: Second Project
Having learned from your first project, you'll take on a second brief with a different organization.
Throughout: Personal and Professional Development
You'll have access to social events, alumni-led discussions, 1:1 goal-setting sessions with our team, and more throughout the Fellowship.

FAQ

What types of consulting projects will we work on?
You will work on projects with a range of social enterprises, early stage impact ventures, non-profits, and charities working in communities across Canada. Propel Impact Fellows have consulted both startups and organizations that have been operating for decades. Most of our past work has been focused on:

1. Market Research
2. Business Development
3. Financial Modeling
4. Impact Measurement
5. Marketing & Communications
6. Strategy & Operations
What type of training will I receive to prepare me for these consulting projects?
Over the summer, you will participate in foundational training led by expert practitioners across the country through a series of Zoom workshops and asynchronous assignments, covering a range of topics including truth and reconciliation, systems thinking, and impact measurement. In the month before your first consulting project, experienced consultants and social entrepreneurs will lead workshops focused on project and client management.
What do I need to submit an application?
Every February, we start the application process for the upcoming cohort, which includes a written application (short responses to a series of questions and a case study). We do not collect resumes or cover letters as part of an effort to standardize the application process for candidates of all backgrounds.
Can I still apply if I am 30+ years old?
We are currently building a program catered towards individuals outside of our current audience, including mid-career professionals. Sign up here to receive updates. If you are on the edge of our current age requirements (ex. recently turned 31), please connect with our team.

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