Partners

Social Innovation Projects (SIP) is an on-campus internship program that allows students to work on projects for top-tier social innovation organizations.


Below you will find a brief description of the organization, the project(s) available for collaboration, and the desired skill set. Keep in mind that not everyone on a team needs to have the exact same skill set. The beauty of an interdisciplinary team is that you all will draw on each other’s strengths. Feel free to pursue projects even if all you have is a passion for the organization’s mission and a willingness to learn.

Although the specific projects for these organizations have not been entirely defined, you can find a description of the organization on this page as well as the current status of project possibilities. A project of at least some kind is on the horizon with these organizations and will be determined at a later date.

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Partners

The Academy for Creating Enterprise (ACE) is a non profit organization that teaches returned missionaries from around the world how to start and grow small businesses to provide for themselves and their families. They primarily operate in the Philippines, Mexico, and Peru. Their curriculum was used to help create the Church’s new self reliance program.

Project One: Chapter Strategy and Implementation

Students will help ACE create a scaleable approach to creating and managing chapter organizations around the world.

ACE is working on creating chapter like organizations at the stake level. Chapters are a lot like a Chamber of Commerce where people come to network, receive training and advice. Chapters serve members of the church around the world who have businesses or have completed the Church’s “Starting and growing my Business Program” through the Self-Reliance Services department of the Church.

Students will help create a scaleable method of Chapter creation. We have started work on a website for Chapter management but it needs to be populated with training materials, resources for members, and more.

Majors:

  • All majors welcome
  • Copy Writers/Editors
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Business
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior / Human Resources
  • Sociology / Psychology
  • Strategy

Project Two: Create an Alumni Contribution Program

Collaborate with ACE to develop a culture of giving back about the alumni of the program. 

This team will develop a way to engage alumni to give back to the program that helped them get their start. Ace currently has over 10,000 graduates of their programs. Many of these graduates have established businesses and progressed to a stage of self-reliance. The team will develop a fundraising strategy targeting these graduates.

Majors:

  • All majors welcome
  • PR / Advertising / Communications
  • Video / Film

Project Three: Salesforce Project

Help ACE strengthen chapter leadership relations and improve training for regional coordinators. 

The team will help implement Salesforce, a CRM software, to strengthen the administration of chapter leadership relations, and improve training for ACE’s regional coordinators. This includes developing reports to be used within Salesforce.

Majors: All majors welcome

Asante is a sustainable agro-forestry company, providing a business solution to rural farmers in Kenya. Agro-forestry, or forest farming, intentionally integrates trees together with agricultural crops in a system to create environmental, economic and social impact. Our core products are tropical hardwood trees and agricultural crops grown primarily for their essential oils.

http://www.asante-foundation.org/

Project: Customer Market Analysis

Asante Foundations works to create income generating businesses for people in Kenya. They three primary businesses available to people are veneer/plywood, charcoal briquettes, and ginger root. We would like a team to identify potential customers and then design and conduct surveys with those customers on specs, quality, terms, pricing, sourcing currently, and determine if they would be open to purchasing from Africa, and if so, at what terms, pricing, specs etc. With that information, we would like them to create a report and strategy for who our target customers should be, what they value, pricing, etc. We will use this to develop our strategy to capture and retain customers.

Majors:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Marketing
  • PR / Advertising / Communications
  • Strategy
  • Supply Chain

Ashoka is a global organization that identifies and supports more than 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs. When an organization has proven its ability to provide sustainable and impactful change in the world, the organization is accredited the prestigious title of Ashoka Fellow. Ashoka is always promoting the idea of becoming a “changemaker” in communities.

https://www.ashoka.org/

Project One: Ashoka Youth Venture Initatives

At Ashoka there are many different departments and Youth Venture is just one of them. An example of our work is our upcoming Youth Fellowship, which is completely different from our Ashoka Fellows program. The Youth Fellowship will consist of individuals who are 20 years old or younger. These Youth Fellows will be some young changemakers who already have some awesome stories and accomplishments.

Team up with us and help increase the number of young changemakers in the world.

Major: All majors welcome


Project Two: CSR Conference Strategy

The Ashoka US team is looking to increase the number of new leads with companies and foundations to become partners with Ashoka. We need your help identifying the best CSR conferences that will maximize the yield of new leads. Students will: (1) Assess the landscape on existing CSR conferences (and create a calendar). (2) Highlight the ones that Ashoka should attend, based on best fit criteria. (3) Contact the conferences to see if the are willing to have Ashoka staff as speakers and/or willing to have co-hosts on happy hours. (4) Create marketing materials to be used at conference/happy hours

Key Deliverables:

1. Calendar of CSR events
2. 10 conference partnerships
3. Marketing materials that can be used at any Ashoka/conference event

Majors:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Planning / Rec. Management
  • General Business
  • PR / Advertising / Communications
  • Strategy
ashoka

Thirty-five years ago, Ashoka changed the framework of the social sector by introducing the idea that there is nothing more powerful than a bold, new idea in the hands of an exceptional entrepreneur.

We have built a fellowship of leading social entrepreneurs – people who catalyze an irreversible social change through an innovative idea and encourage others to do the same. Our network of Fellows is now over 3000 innovators strong and spans 85 countries. In addition, the field and profession of social entrepreneurship has grown into a global force.

Ashoka is aiming for its next paradigm shift: a world in which everyone can be a changemaker. We’re assembling a team of entrepreneurs and builders around the world to help us get there. If this sounds like the kind of institution you want to help create, consider joining us.

Ashoka hires people who have been starting and transforming things all their lives, whether that’s a school newspaper, a large company, or a local movement. We have a compelling opportunity for doers and changemakers who are passionate about spotting new ideas and building entrepreneurial teams..

Project: Optimizing the Funder’s Experience with Ashoka

Ashoka Support Network is a group of business entrepreneurs who give unrestricted funds to Ashoka. We have about 50 in the US and we want to make sure they have the best experience interacting with Ashoka’s vast network. Can you help us?

Need help answering two questions: 1. How do we increase the number of new ASNs, especially through referrals from existing ASN members and 2. How do we increase retention of current ASNs so that they continue to give to Ashoka?

Key Deliverables:

1. Need a concrete onboarding strategy to ensure the highest retention
2. Need a strategy and marketing materials to increase referrals
3. Need a system to keep track of ASN-related data (retention, financial contribution, profiles, etc.)

Majors:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Business
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior / Human Resources
  • Sociology / Psychology
  • Strategy

Benetech is a different kind of tech company. We’re a nonprofit whose mission is to empower communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions. Our work has transformed how over 400,000 people with disabilities read; made it safer for human rights defenders in over 50 countries to document human rights violations; and equipped environmental conservationists to protect ecosystems and species all over the world. Our Benetech Labs is working on the next big impact.

Project One: Pricing Analysis for Bookshare, a Benetech Initiative

The team will develop pricing model recommendations through in-depth analysis of Bookshare customer segments and existing models, and research into other models in the market.

Skills: Citizen Schools and the Director of 8GA and Alumni Services look forward to working with interns who show 1) a commitment to and passion for closing the opportunity and achievement gaps in public education; 2) a proven ability to think critically to problem solve with creative solutions; 3) a strong team orientation and ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people; 4) an embodiment of the seven Citizen Schools values: pride, joy, respect, courage, perseverance, teamwork, and vision; and 5) an interest in education reform and nonprofits.

Bookshare, a Benetech initiative, provides an online library for people who read differently and need formats such as Braille, large-print, audio, etc. Bookshare is looking to diversify its revenue by targeting new & existing customers with new pricing models. The team would analyze the cost structure of Bookshare, our different customer segments (existing and emerging), and existing pricing models (per member fee, tiered groups of memberships, per number of books downloaded, etc). The team will also research other pricing models available in the market. The team would then develop and provide recommendations for different pricing models for our customer segments.

Key Deliverable:

Pricing Model Recommendations

Majors:

  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Business

Project Two: Bentech Volunteer Assessment Project

Help Benetech assess and evaluate how it can improve its volunteers’ experiences.

Assess and make recommendations for the experience of a Bookshare volunteer. From start to finish what is the experience of a volunteer like? How can it be improved? What areas are difficult for volunteers? What areas are difficult for those looking for volunteers? The team will work through this whole process and analyze potential off-ramps and road blocks. Based on this research, the team will then make recommendations for how to improve the process and, time permitting, have an opportunity to create videos, manuals, summary instructions, etc. to help implement those recommendations.

Majors:

  • All majors welcome
  • Video / Film

Self-Reliance Services- Perpetual Education Fund provides products and services in over 130 countries as a resource for members of the LDS Church to become temporally and spiritually self-reliant. Services include self-reliance groups that help members find a job, start or grow a business, obtain an education, or improve their finances.

Project: RM Jobs Initiative

Provide a framework and map of the education to employment ecosystem to be used by Self-Reliance to help RMs and other unemployed youth obtain better work.

Worldwide there are over 70 million unemployed youth. In 2013, McKinsey identified a large gap between the education students were obtaining and the knowledge and skills employers were looking for. There are several innovative organizations working to fill that gap. We would like to map out the ecosystem, identify key players, and learn best practices that are being used to help unemployed youth so we can apply those principles to underemployed and unemployed RMs and Church members.

Key Deliverables:

(1) Ecosystem map, (2) list of funders, implementers, and employers involved in the space, (3) one page summaries on the top funders, implementers, and employers (4) one page summary on best practices.

Majors:

  • All majors accepted
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior / Human Resources
  • Sociology / Psychology
  • Statistics / Math
  • Strategy
  • Supply Chain

Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. Citizen Schools mobilizes a team of AmeriCorps educators and volunteers to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams.

http://www.citizenschools.org/

Project: Citizen Schools Program Development

Help Citizens Schools expand its impact.

Citizen Schools is committed to helping students succeed by targeting middle schools in at risk communities. Middle school offers a great window in time to help turn a child’s perspective about education and their future into something positive.

By extending the school day, we have an opportunity to work with kids in ways they would not get otherwise. We are seeking interns to help us think through our programs and help us to create greater impact.

Majors: 

  • All majors welcome
  • Nonprofit Management

What if you were only known for the worst thing you’ve ever done? Unfortunately, for many of the millions of individuals with criminal records, this is a harsh reality. At Defy Ventures, we help these people redefine themselves. We harness the natural talents of currently and formerly incarcerated individuals and redirect them toward the creation of profitable and legal business ventures. Defy offers a suite of services that includes intensive personal and leadership development, Shark Tank style business plan competitions, executive mentoring, financial investment, and startup incubation.

Project: Defy Ventures Curriculum Assessment

By joining our team for this semester, you will be enhancing the success of our Entrepreneurs-In-Training (EITs) by giving them quality feedback on their coursework, which includes resumes, ideation worksheets, SWOT analyses, business plans, etc. Throughout this process, you will also be helping us determine gaps in our curriculum and offering suggestions for improvement.

In addition to our trainings, we assist our participants in obtaining jobs while they start their businesses. Reentering society with a criminal record, significantly decreases their chances of securing employment so this aspect of the program is of crucial importance. We are currently in the process of restructuring our entire Employment Program, to improve the quality of the services we offer our EITs. We would ask your team to assist us with these efforts by researching other reentry organizations that offer employment services, identifying possible partnerships, and helping us build relationships with companies that are willing to consider hiring individuals with criminal records.

Majors:

  • All majors welcome
  • Copy Writers/Editors
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Business
  • Organizational Behavior / Human Resources
  • PR / Advertising / Communications
  • Sociology / Psychology
  • Strategy

earth enable

Earth Enable builds healthy floors for the 80 percent of people who can only afford to live and sleep on a dirt floor in their home. They are located in Rwanda and other African countries.

https://www.earthenable.org/

Project: Earth Enable Impact Evaluation/Data Analysis

Earth Enable has been conducting a survey on health outcomes for the past eighteen months, but has not yet analyzed the data. The data is quite messy and will require significant cleaning first, and then econometric skills to analyze it. This project is to clean and compile the data and to analyze what the health impact has been based on it. Your final deliverables will be an analytical report on their health impacts, a STATA.do file of the analysis and cleaning, and recommendations for improving the survey in the next impact evaluation.

Majors:

  • ECON 388
  • Economics
  • It is preferred that you have taken one of the following: STAT 330
  • STAT 123
  • Statistics / Math

Education for Sharing (E4S) is an international non-profit organization that forms better citizens from childhood by harnessing the power of play. Through the use of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, we empower teachers to foster an understanding of global challenges in their classrooms and to instill civic values in their students and larger school community. To date we have impacted 80 teachers across 17 educational spaces in Washington DC. After completion of one of our programs, students reported a 1,234% increase in the practice of gender equality and a 59% increase in the practice of empathy. Teachers report that they continue teaching civic values to their students beyond the duration of the program using the E4S curriculum and training.

https://www.educationforsharing.org

Project: Education for Sharing Volunteer Plan

We would like to develop service-learning programs at universities in the DC area to recruit semester or year-long volunteer facilitators for the schools. The goal is to have semester or year-long volunteer facilitators for our programs.

Education for Sharing uses the power of play to form better citizens from childhood through our four programs: Sports, Science, Art and Initiatives for Sharing. All four of our programs are based on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and E4S’s seven core values: gender equality, tolerance, responsibility, empathy, fair play, teamwork, and tolerance and are realized over 8-10 “playful” sessions that last over the course of either one semester or one full school year, depending on the school.


Education for Sharing establishes partnerships with schools and afterschool programs for one school year to implement one or more of our programs: Sports for Sharing, Initiatives for Sharing, Science for Sharing, and Art for Sharing. Our programs are designed for children anywhere from the ages of six through fifteen and can be adapted to meet almost any educational context. The facilitator is usually a local, recent university graduate who is primarily responsible for the operational aspect of the program. The facilitator must have thorough knowledge of the 4 programs, as they are responsible for training the teachers who will be implementing the program and for monitoring the sessions and coordinating the special sessions at the schools.


For the 2017-2018 school year, we would like to provide an opportunity for college-aged students to volunteer as facilitators of our programs. When possible, we would like to offer our volunteers university credit. As volunteers with DC Public Schools, those who work directly with students on a regular basis or have the potential to be alone with a student are required to complete the DCPS volunteer clearance process. There are three schools of interest in Washington, DC—Georgetown, American and Howard University— all of which have established and well-known service learning programs for their students. We could also expand this beyond universities and offer a long-term community volunteer opportunity.


Education for Sharing already has confirmed partnerships with several schools in DC area for the next school year, so we would like to have approximately one volunteer for each school, approximately 3-4 volunteers.

Key Deliverables:

At the end of project, we would like to have the following deliverables: a plan for a volunteer program, university requirements and credit guidelines, and a recruitment strategy for volunteers.

Majors:

  • General Business
  • Organizational Behavior / Human Resources
  • PR / Advertising / Communications
  • Spanish speaking ability (not necessary but helpful)
  • Strategy

Elevate is a socially innovative, for-profit, business management and financial literacy training company. We provide personalized and holistic training to the borrowers of high-volume financial lending institutions in emerging markets. Our training provides small business owners with the tools needed to improve and grow sustainable businesses.

Project: Elevate Recruitment Program

SIP on-campus interns will create an intern recruitment strategy, campaign, and database of US-based university student recruitment options and begin to form relationships with universities.

Elevate Global is growing quickly and we want to grow our internship program as we expand to other countries. We currently have operations in Paraguay, Peru, and the United States. Our interns receive hands-on international business experience, Spanish language tutoring, and mentoring from experienced professionals.

Elevate’s goal is to recruit 150+ interns each year from U.S. universities. We want to develop formal relationships with universities across the U.S. in order to reach more students. This includes creating a database of university resources, a social media recruitment strategy, and on-campus campaigns.

Key Deliverables: 

U.S. university recruiting database, recruiting campaign, intern recruitment strategy

Majors:

  • Event Planning / Rec. Management
  • General Business
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior / Human Resources
  • PR / Advertising / Communications

Fundacion Paraguaya is an award wining organization that has been working to help others out of poverty since 1985. They run one of the most successful microcredit programs and entrepreneurial and financial education programs in the world.

Most recently they have developed a “Poverty Stoplight” which is a methodology to create manageable ways to address the multidimensional issues of poverty in the lives of individuals.

http://www.fundacionparaguaya.org.py/?lang=en

Project: Adapt and pilot the Poverty Stoplight for use in Utah and Salt Lake 

Find a partner organization to use the Poverty Stoplight methodology. Then work to create a version to be used in Utah and Salt Lake Counties.

The Poverty Stoplight, created by Fundacion Paraguaya is a method to identify the many facets of poverty in people’s lives. It puts the family as protagonists and focuses not only in income poverty, but other dimensions such as organization, motivation, education and health. With this tools individuals, organizations, and governments can then prioritize and focus resources on real needs.

A team working on this project will work to find an organization that could benefit from this methodology. The team will then work with them to modify the stoplight to reflect what it means to be impoverished here in Utah or Salt Lake County.
www.povertystoplight.org

Key Deliverable:
A partner organization and a Poverty Stoplight for Utah and Salt Lake Counties.

Major: All majors welcome

The Google Community Leaders Program is an on-campus internship that focuses on using human-centered design principles to find innovative approaches to bridge the digital divide. This program is a partnership between the Ballard Center of Economic Self-Reliance and Google. This interdisciplinary program recruits BYU students from all majors to work together with local partners to build a more digitally inclusive community.

Projects: Google Community Leaders Program

Projects involve implementing solutions to bridge the digital divide on a city and grassroots level, specifically to improve access to the internet and digital devices and to encourage digital education and citizenship. The program will be working on various teams in deeper research, ideation, and prototyping of ideas according to the IDEO Human Centered Design curriculum. Ultimately, our program will be focusing on sustainable projects that will last beyond the duration of the internship and provide a greater impact to Utah Valley. Additional community partners that are collaborating and working with us in this community effort include: Provo City School District, Google Fiber, Mountainland Headstart, Provo City Library, Downtown Provo, and United Way of Utah County.

Skills: This interdisciplinary program is seeking students from all majors who are sensitive enough to empathize, humble enough to listen, passionate enough to research, and brave enough to fail.

Additional skills include: Ability to comfortably communicate with diverse range of community members and stakeholders, quantitative/qualitative data analysis, graphic design, fluency in Spanish, videography/photography skills.

Internships are available for Winter 2017 through a rolling application process. Please review the syllabus for more information about the program and application.

Majors: All majors welcome

Interweave Solutions, a global non-profit organization is currently active in 18 countries. Interweave solutions has a mission to bring people from poverty to prosperity through neighborhood self-reliance groups. The program provides a participatory curriculum, online training and an operating model that empowers self- reliance groups and their members to achieve success in education, business, home and community. We partner with local organizations to ensure that each group remains active, self-reliant, and expanding.

Interweave highly participatory Success! In Business system – often referred to as an MBS (“Masters of Business in the Streets”) – succeeds where other more traditional and expensive business development programs have failed. This neighborhood-based model draws on energy, infrastructure and membership of local community organizations (schools, churches, women’s groups, government agencies, community organizations, etc.) to advance grassroots entrepreneurship, income and community participation.

https://www.interweavesolutions.org/

Project One: Translation of self-reliance curriculum and creation of online training for worldwide application.

Interweave needs to translate self-reliance materials and develop online training in six more languages in order to communicate our message to the online world and invite others to join our cause.

Develop a plan to involve people in the USA using social media by offering them to come to a “How to Fish” (Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day…Teach a man to fish…)social media party. The interested person would invite several of their friends through zoom or face book chat to a group online meeting. In the meeting they would present videos, PowerPoint etc. from Interweave to create a discussion on how to help people in developing countries develop their own businesses.

After the discussion they would be offered prizes if they make donations, hold a “How to Fish party” of their own, refer people to Interweave, etc. The prizes would be items from the businesses around the world like artwork from Ecuador, Chocolate from Columbia, etc. A grand prize could be to come with us to South America to attend a Graduation and meet some of the entrepreneurs.

Key Deliverables:

We would like the student team to help us develop the presentation, prize system, platform and then test the launch and give recommendations. If other teams have other ideas to meet the challenge question we would also like to hear those ideas.

Majors:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Business
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • PR / Advertising / Communications
  • Translators
  • Video / Film

Project Two: Testing/Evaluation of Self-reliance Training and Materials Prototype

Through this project a student team will help the non-profit organization Interweave Solutions improve and finalize the self-reliance curriculum for worldwide application.

Students will work through local community contacts and international colleagues on campus to start and run a pilot test group. Interweave will provide training and prototype materials to the student team. The team will recruit and form the test group (10 to 20 participants) and facilitate the 14 sessions presented in the curriculum.

As part of this trial run, the team will work with Interweave staff to develop and implement a process to assess and give feedback on the training and materials. Throught this project the student team will help Interweave improve and finalize the curriculum for worldwide application.

Key Deliverable:

The student team will organize and facilitate 14 group sessions based on the Interweave self-reliance training and materials prototype and present an evaluation report based on the curriculum’s strengths, weaknesses and their recommended changes to improve and finalize the curriculum for worldwide application.

Majors:

  • All majors welcome
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Business
  • Information Systems
  • Statistics / Math
  • Strategy
maharishi

Maharishi Institute (MI) is a South African non-profit organization founded in 2007 working towards making quality college education accessible to young people who could never afford to attend a public university in the country.

All students are given a no-interest loan to the value of $10,000, covering five years of studies. Students complete a degree programme via distance learning while MI offers support such as self-development programs, lunch daily, computer and internet access, skills development and career training and guidance and job placement. Students also gain work experience while studying ensuring that they are able to get jobs on graduation.

Project: Fundraising Strategy

Your job is to develop a fundraising strategy for MI to open new doors. This will include creating proposal examples for potential funding sources and creating a list of potential donors, companies, foundations, wealthy individuals, etc.

Majors:

  • All majors
  • Event Planning / Rec. Management
  • General Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Strategy

MicroBenefits builds mobile technologies to improve productivity and quality of life for workers in China and Southeast Asia.

www.microbenefits.com

Project: Marketing Content Creation

Create a whitepaper and an interactive demo that showcases how an organization’s code of conduct ranks against their industry and competitors.

MicroBenefits counts major multinational companies as its customers that all implement codes of conduct for vendors in their supply chain. These codes of conduct are critical to business operations and reputation management of our customers and prospects. The marketing team at MicroBenefits needs to create a whitepaper on what key pieces an organization should include in their code of conduct. Since whitepapers are rather boring and it’s debatable whether or not anyone even reads them, our team also wants to create an interactive piece of content based on the data in the whitepaper. This piece of content would take the form of a quiz or survey that a sustainability manager at a prospective company could take to see how their code of conduct stacks up in their industry and against their competitors. This will be a key sales piece for MicroBenefits.

Key Deliverables:

Whitepaper
Interactive quiz or survey

Majors:

  • All majors welcome
  • Copy Writers/Editors
  • Marketing
  • PR / Advertising / Communications
  • Sociology / Psychology

Mission: Musana International is a social enterprise that cultivates strong women leaders in Lugazi, Uganda by providing opportunities for employment, education, health, and entrepreneurship.

Vision: Empowered women advocate for change in communities, improve the local economy, provide stability in families, and enable their children to dream.

www.musanaintl.com

Project: Impact Systematization

This project will be span across key areas of Musana’s impact in researching best practices, gathering past and current data, and building tools for implementation.

Each team member will own a particular focus area. These include:
– Artisan curriculum development: In addition to receiving stable employment through Musana, artisans also receive education in areas of literacy, business, and health. The SIP intern will research best practices, gather appropriate tools and resources, and create a year-long implementation plan.
– Child Development and Disability Center: During 2017, Musana will construct a child center, that will serve interactive learning environment for artisans’ children while their mothers are at work, as well as provide resources for children with disabilities throughout the community. The SIP intern will research culturally appropriate early childhood education and best practices for children with disabilities, and create an implementation plan.
– Data Management: Musana is now in its 7th year of operation, and is preparing for exciting growth in 2017. The SIP intern will interface with past Musana interns and volunteers, gather key data and resources, and create a system for tracking historical and future data and resources.
– Grants: In the past year, Musana has begun to be eligible for substantial grants. The SIP intern will gather and analyze past grants, prepare grant reporting for current grants, and research future grant opportunities that Musana could be eligible for.

Majors:

  • Copy Writers/Editors
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Event Planning / Rec. Management
  • Sociology / Psychology
  • Special Education
  • Strategy

The Religious Freedom and Business Foundation (RFBF) educates the global business community about how religious freedom is good for business. They recently started an initiative called Empowerment+.

They believe that empowering impoverished people to combine both their faith and self reliance principles can counteract radicalization that leads so many to becoming terrorists. RFBF licensed the Self Reliance Services materials created by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a basis for the program that will teach people about self-employment, gaining an education, and how to gain better employment. They have worked to create versions of the material for other faiths such as: Muslim, Buddhist, nondenominational Christianity, and more.

Project: Business Incubator Project

Collaborate with the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation to create a business incubator for graduates from their Empowerment+ Initiative.

The Religious Freedom and Business Foundation is working on creating a business incubator for graduates of their Empowerment+ initiative. Interns will play a role in researching business incubator best practices (from both a management and a participant perspective). Using this research, they will begin to build program materials and other items that would aid in the startup phase of an incubator. Additionally, some work on cost analysis and funding options would be useful.

Majors:

  • All majors welcome
  • Copy Writers/Editors
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
SUYO

Suyo is a public benefit corporation that unlocks the transformational impact of secure property rights by making it easier and more affordable for low-income families to formalize their property. Suyo currently operates in Cali and Medellin, Colombia.

Empowered with formal recognition of their property rights, low-income families have access to numerous benefits that help lift them out of poverty, such as credit, home ownership security, and the ability to transfer rights. Suyo combines modern technology with their expert team of lawyers, architects, and other property professionals to solve property formalization needs in a simple process for approximately half the price of other providers. Their services include land titling, building registration, successions, and property purchase studies, among many others.

Project One: Marketing Project

Help create a social media marketing campaign and help with search engine optimization to boost our outreach.

Suyo would like to reach as many undeserved populations as possible. Help us create a social media campaign to help us tell our story. This will include creating content as well as an overall strategy for our different platforms.

Majors: 

  • All majors welcome
  • Copy Writers/Editors
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Translators
  • Video / Film

Project Two: Data Assessment Project

The team will help Suyo analyze its current data and adopt new marketing strategies. 

As Suyo seeks to help as many people as possible we would like assistance with a number of initiatives that would help our program grow.

  1. Systematizing Suyo’s information collection systems (to track ongoing judicial processes, customer notifications on status updates, etc);
  2. Analyzing Suyo data and helping calculate margins (conversion of prospect to assessment, assessment to client, among others), narrowing down the identification of Suyo’s target customer, and helping analyze customer acquisition costs and costs of services;
  3. Helping Suyo research demographic characteristics of possible target populations for expansion.

Majors:

  • All majors welcome
  • Marketing
  • Pre-law
  • Statistics / Math
  • Strategy

Teens Act is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower underserved youth to graduate from high school and move onto higher education.

We empower struggling, underserved students to overcome obstacles to become college and career ready.

Project One: Records Organization

Teens Act maintains most of its records electronically in Google Drive. The documents are numerous and difficult to find at times. We are asking for assistance in organizing and indexing them for more convenient searching and locating.

Project participants will work under the direction of officers from Teens Act to access our electronic records, organize and index them.

Key Deliverable:

Easily searchable electronic records.

Majors:

  • Copy Writers/Editors
  • Information Systems
  • Strategy

Project Two: Independence High Scool (IHS) Extended day education

IHS is implementing after school courses for credit. Project participants will work under the direction of IHS Dean of students with support from Teens Act to develop and implement these courses during the 2016-17 Winter Semester.

Key Deliverables:

Under the direction of the Dean of Students at IHS:

  • Collaborate on the development of appropriate course work for English and Math instruction
  • Collaborate on the implementation of appropriate course work for English and Math instruction
  • Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of course work for English and Math instruction

Majors:

  • Education
  • Localization
  • Strategy

Project Three: Teens Act Gala

Project participants will work under the direction of officers from Teens Act to prepare for a Spring gala. Participants will use plans and a timeline from our successful first annual gala that was held during the 2014-15 school year.

This gala will serve as an opportunity to raise funds for our program as well as to raise awareness of our mission to those who will be in attendance: an estimated 120 business and community leaders, board members, staff, and program participants.

Key Deliverables:

Refine and implement Marketing Strategy prior to and following the event
Identify major sponsors
Organize a mailing list for invitation cards
Obtain live auction item s
Market tickets to potential attendees
Organize training guidelines for volunteers working to set up, support and followup at the event
Send invitation letters to dignitaries
Make banners
Make thank you cards
Print registration and guest lists
Complete setup of venue
Man registration tables
Clean up following event

Majors:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Planning / Rec. Management
  • Localization
  • Marketing
  • PR / Advertising / Communications
  • Strategy