Persistent Zurich

Want to make a positive impact?

Persistent is a global impact investment and early stage venture capital firm working with innovative startups companies across sub-Saharan Africa. We have offices in Zurich, New York and Lagos.

Make positive social and environmental impact
Our portfolio companies deliver modern, clean energy and other essential products and services to customers in sub-Saharan Africa with a special focus on those without access to electricity. They extend financial services to customers without access to loans, savings and transaction services. They contribute to economic development in frontier markets. You will help them make an even bigger impact.

Travel the world
Our partner companies operate in sub-Saharan Africa. You will be able to work in countries like Cameroon, DRC, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Kenya.

Enjoy benefits and learn from experience
We offer attractive packages with benefits beyond salary. We offer meaningful work and success, with a healthy life and work balance. We understand the needs of being a parent to small children. We have created a great place to work, and would be excited to share it with you. Join a small, successful team that is a leading African off-grid energy sector investor and intermediary.

Our ideal candidate
You need to be fair, ethical, committed, straightforward, smart and good at what you do. You have a strong practical understanding of accounting, the ability to conduct a detailed financial analysis and build a financial model, and a sound understanding of corporate finance matters. You have organizational talent and a flexible attitude, and you can think and act like an entrepreneur. You are fluent in English and French (Portuguese, African languages and German are a strong plus), and based in Zurich – and the sooner you can start the better. The internship will last six months, with the option to be promoted to a permanent Associate position. Applicants must be a Swiss resident or have a valid work permit for Switzerland.

If this sounds like you, send us your LinkedIn profile and a short message that gives us an idea of who you are, what you’ve accomplished, what you are good at and why you think Persistent is a great fit for you. Please send to