Social Innovation Education Fellow

Position Summary

VIA’s Vision for this Role

Over the last 11 years, VIA has hosted more than 350 university students and young professionals from across the world in Silicon Valley for the ESI Program. Participants learn about social innovation, meet entrepreneurs, make international friends, and reflect on their personal and professional goals. Although this summer’s program will be virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are excited about the innovative possibilities for a virtual ESI (learn more about the virtual ESI program).

Our objectives for the new virtual version of ESI are:

  • To design and implement a program where the virtual format is a plus, not a minus
  • To leverage all the communities and cultures shared within the program, rather than focusing exclusively on Silicon Valley
  • To deliver an authentic VIA experience for participants that focuses on building community, peer learning, self-reflection, and personal and professional growth

About the Position

VIA aspires to support and enable social innovation educators to prepare the next generation of creative and effective innovators working towards a more fair and flourishing world.

​​​Asia-based Fellows: The Fellows will collaborate with VIA staff to plan and facilitate recruitment of future changemakers in their home regions, be the primary contact for participants in their region, be a leader and mentor during the Exploring Social Innovation program, and maintain connections with VIA alumni. This position is an opportunity for VIA alumni to develop professional recruitment, leadership, changemaker training, presentation, and virtual facilitation skills through program orientation and implementation.

US-based Fellows: The Fellows will collaborate with VIA staff to plan and facilitate recruitment of future changemakers in the US. In this position, the Fellows serve as leaders and mentors during the Exploring Social Innovation program and will plan and facilitate some elements of the program. This position is an opportunity for passionate social innovation educators to develop leadership, changemaker training, presentation, and virtual facilitation skills through program orientation and implementation.

The Fellows will be key in promoting VIA’s social innovation programs and supporting participants from the US, Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, and other regions of Asia. They will provide support to participants in learning key concepts, and developing a community before, during, and after the program. Fellows will also receive training on facilitation skills as well as feedback to help them improve their own training ability.

Position Timeline

  • May to late June: Assist with participant recruitment
  • Mid-June to July: Assist with program planning and pre-program preparations
  • July 30 (US Time) / July 31 (Asia Time): Orientation session
  • August 9-17, 2021 (US Time) / August 10-18, 2021 (Asia Time): Facilitate Virtual ESI Program. Online program sessions will be held on Zoom for 4 hours each day in the evening US time, morning Asia time. For a tentative program schedule, check the Timeline section of the ESI page.
  • Mid-to-late August: Assist with program wrap-up


  • Before the program:
    • Support recruiting participants from the US, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, and other regions of Asia
      Attend bi-weekly meetings to plan program activities, including energizers, presentations, and workshops
  • During the program:
    • Observe participants and collect feedback through discussions and reflection sessions
    • Lead / co-lead energizers, workshops, and small group discussions
    • Provide support for participants; serve as the primary facilitator for teams (4-5 participants per team)
    • Act as a bridge between VIA staff and participants
    • Document and post program activities and experiences (photos, videos, social media)
  • After the program:
    • Help improve the design of some workshops and the whole program
    • Stay connected with participants and help them connect with the VIA alumni community in their region

Required Qualifications

You must have:

  • Strong organizational skills; ability to work independently and in a team
  • Ability to serve as an effective bridge between program participants and VIA staff during the program
  • Experience with past VIA programs and dedication to program goals
  • An interest in training and supporting future changemakers
  • Strong interest and/or experience working with social issues/social entrepreneurship in Asia
  • Experience or strong interest in design thinking
  • Experience or strong interest in designing and facilitating virtual programs
  • Comfortable discussing complex issues in English; experience communicating across cultures and with non-native English speakers; motivation to help participants have confidence using English during the program
  • Background in PR and event management; experience with social media and promotional tools
  • Experience with digital engagement tools such as Zoom

Location: This is a 100% remote position that can be done from anywhere in the world as long as you can be available during preparation and program activities, have a good internet connection, and are able to use the US version of Zoom.

Application Timeline

  • April 25 (US Time) / April 26 (Asia Time): Application deadline (if you submit your application before the deadline, you may be invited to an interview earlier).
  • April 26-30 (US Time) | April 17-May 1 (Asia Time): Online interviews with Anissa Monteon, Program Director.
  • May 3 (US Time) | May 4 (Asia Time): Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the position no later than this date.
  • May 7 (US Time) | May 8 (Asia Time): Deadline to accept position
Compensation: For this volunteer position, VIA will provide an official thank you letter upon successful completion of your responsibilities, stating the number of volunteer hours and the types of tasks completed. We are also happy to provide letters of recommendation based on your performance as a Social Innovation Education Fellow.
How to Apply: Click the blue APPLY button and fill out the application form by April 25 (US Time) / April 26 (Asia Time) for priority consideration.