LFA Conference - International House

The 2014 Lend for America Summit

About Lend for America (LFA)

LFA is a program of the Intersect Fund, a CDFI based in New Jersey. LFA helps college students start and run Campus MFIs. Campus MFIs are teams of students who go into their local college communities to find individuals and microbusinesses that need assistance. Students spend time understanding their local communities, motivating their clients, offering basic financial advice, and lending small amounts of money they have raised. Further information about Lend for America can be found at www.lendforamerica.com


Annual Lend for America Summit

The annual Lend for America Summit is a discussion-based summit that gathers leaders from campus MFIs, focusing on the development and achievement of each campus MFIs. The Summit includes hands-on training workshops that use real-life examples, advices on getting jobs and internships in the social sector, networking with social sector professionals and student leaders, and etc. We were very fortunate to have 5 students attend this years summit, with their reactions to the event available to be viewed in the following blog posts:

Kayoung Lee (’16) Executive Director
LFA Conference Takeaways

Jennifer Kowalski (’17) Media and Communications Director
Using Data to Measure Effectiveness

Daisy Yuan (’17)
Reading Critical Underwriting Documents 

Siyan Wang (’17)
Client Communication 

Sitao Guo (’16)
Advice on Getting Jobs and Internships in the Social Sector


LFA Conference - Sitao

LFA Conference: Advice on Getting Jobs and Internships in the Social Sector

There are several workshops in the summit talking about getting jobs and

internships, especially for the entry-level positions. Several business leaders in the social

sectors introduced their experiences and advices for newcomers.

One workshop is called “Your Dream Job: The Social Sector Search”. A Yale

Alumna introduced her suggestions of job searches and interview tips. Firstly, There are

several factors that we need to consider when looking for a job, like locations, job roles,

specialists or generalists, company cultures and so on. It is also good for us to have a five

to ten years vision of career path therefore we can move forward step by step. Second,

she listed some resources that college students can use when they look for jobs, such us

the college career center, alumni, job treks, speakers on campus, online resources and so

on. Besides, we can also get a better sense of a company’s culture by doing volunteer job

or internship there. Third, she gave us some important interview tips to remember. We

need to confirm an interview the day before to make sure nothing goes wrong with the

time. The questions we ask during the interview should be as personable as possible

instead of general questions that can be easily found on websites. Another thing to

remember is that do not ask for job or introduction during the interview. This can be done

in the following emails with thank-you notes. There is one template that she introduced,

“It would be really appreciated if you could forward me any opportunity you heard of

that you think might be a good fit.” The most important is that to make sure we are

humble, confident, passionate, open-minded and gracious during the interview to present

the best of ourselves.

Another workshop is “We Want You: Entry-level Jobs and Internships in the

Social Sectors”. Six representatives from different business in the social sector, like Kiva

and Accion, shared their experiences with us. The most significant factor that all of them

talked about is to find our passion. It is almost impossible to work passionately if you

don’t love your work. Therefore they suggested us to try various new jobs in different

sectors and discover what we deeply love. When we really find our passion, it is the half

way to success.


-Sitao Guo ’16