Category: Social Innovation Opportunities (Page 1 of 3)

If you are interested in integrating social impact into your career path or Duke experience, here are opportunities for you.

NC – Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator – EADS Student Worker (+more)

The Eads Family Undergraduate Research Endowment Fund provides funding to encourage undergraduate public policy majors to become involved in faculty research projects

Please apply directly to the person listed in the position description, providing a resume and explanation of your interest in the position.

Please note: to receive EADS funding over the summer, you must reside in NC. No exceptions can be made to this rule, as Duke policies dictate that EADS recipients live in NC.  Please see Student Summer Employment Questions here.

Juniors or sophomores might have an opportunity to build on the experience by choosing to write an honors thesis.

Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator
Faculty: Matthew Nash
Reports to: Taylor Conger
Apply to:

The Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator (DUIA), housed at Duke’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, supports social entrepreneurs solving the most pressing water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges facing children and youth across Africa. The EADS student worker will help improve DUIA’s overall communications and program strategy through active research. Specifically, working to improve DUIA’s social media presence and raising the profile of our innovators through social media, increasing the number and quality of DUIA blogs, and exploring other vehicles for telling the DUIA story and the stories of our innovators. Students will also help in the planning and execution of virtual site visits with DUIA innovators, support the planning and execution of DUIA events including skill-building webinars, particularly the 2021 Fall Virtual Forum on Social Innovation, and improve our mentorship program strategy.

Other available positions can be found here.

Remote – Young Founders Institute – Director of Educational Programs

The Young Founders Institute is hiring a Director of Educational Programs! This position is for an outgoing educator familiar with entrepreneurship. Email your resume and/or questions to

Overview: Full-time | remote position | Acquisitions Team

Young Founders Institute (YFI) is an early-stage startup shaping the next generation of builders and innovators. YFI works with schools across the country to provide teen entrepreneurship programs with curriculum, workshops, club opportunities, and more. YFI’s programs are grounded in design thinking, lean startup, nail it then scale it, SPIN selling, and a number of other entrepreneurial models. We use these methodologies to teach students how to create value through real-world experiences of company building. The core responsibilities of this position are 1) to cultivate deep and valuable relationships with educational partners (schools, non-profit organizations, and others) from initial contact to conversion, 2) implementation of workshops, curriculum, and clubs, and 3) facilitation of hour-long to full-day workshops developed by YFI’s curriculum designer. Join us!

Here is a link to the post:

Remote – Tech for Equity – Summer Internship

Hey there! Looking for a summer internship? Passionate about using software engineering or data skills for social good?

Introducing Tech for Equity, a summer internship program that seeks to bridge the gap between young, enthusiastic technologists and organizations making the world a more equitable place.

You’ll get:

  •  A virtual 10-week summer tech/policy internship with opportunity for competitive funding.
  • To work with clients like Duke Wilson Center for Science and Justice, Duke Center on Law & Technology, Duke Computer Science, RoadToHire, and more.
  • Summer speaker series, career chats, and chances to connect with like-minded peers and tech leaders at ACLU, Vera Institute of Justice, and more.

Interested? Click here to subscribe to our newsletter or apply now!

The Early Application Deadline is 12/19. The earlier you get an application in, the earlier we can interview you; plus, your chances for being paired with your desired community partner goes up as well!

Learn more:

Remote – AfterNovember – Winter or Summer Internship

Social Impact Internship- Winter Break and/or Summer
Here is an alumna who has a social impact startup and is looking for student interns over winter break and next summer. It is just her, and it does not pay, however she has a lot of experience in politics and fund raising, so it might be a good learning opportunity.
Information and contact below:
Here’s the alumna:


Remote Work


After November


After November, an early stage social impact start up, is looking for a part time intern(s) to support the growth and development of this project. Interns will support the primary functions of research, community building, social media strategy, and content curation. Intern(s) will primarily work with the Founder, but will have an opportunity to join strategic conference and planning calls, field community conversations, and provide thoughtful input focused on the growth of the start-up.


Qualified candidates have a vested interest in doing work that impacts systemic change, with a focus on racial and economic equity. Due to the nature of a start-up, a fair amount of flexibility will be required, as the parameters of the work may shift as we better understand our community needs.


Internship (unpaid)


If you apply for this position, reach out to this member of the Duke community who shared it — ask for advice, a question, or just to let them know you’ve applied!

Milagros Brown ’01


Please send resume and brief cover letter to, Attn: Milagros Brown.

Become a Professional or Undergraduate Mentor for Audacity Labs

Applications for Audacity Labs undergraduate and professional mentors are out now!
Audacity Labs has launched our application portal for undergraduate coaches and professional mentors to join us in our Spring 2021 cohort. At Audacity Labs, we are committed to providing mentorship, support, and resources to aspiring youth entrepreneurs with a drive for social impact. Mentors and coaches work virtually with our high school cohort once per week, providing guidance in their entrepreneurial journey. You will act as a leader in your area of expertise while working with students in further developing their passions. Apply now to be a part of this growing and rewarding ecosystem! Role descriptions can be found here:
Link for undergraduate coach application:
Link for professional mentor application:

Remote – CBL Consulting – Marketing Associate Internship

  • Work with a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) with sales, marketing, and other forms of brand building.
  • The SDVOSB (CBL Consulting) is focused on making it easier for small to mid-sized companies to do business with the federal government.
  • CBL is focused primarily on driving sales to companies within the Greater Philadelphia region.
  • Roles of the Marketing Associate include:
    • Developing a branding and marketing strategy
    • Defining the customer segmentation
    • Creating collateral relevant to customer segments
    • Managing a communication calendar
    • Supporting outbound and inbound sales efforts
  • Hours: anticipated ~5 hours a week with a ~8-week commitment, yet CBL will take as much time as available
  • Compensation: $250 and 20% of all sales enabled
  • Attributes:
    • Self-starter and entrepreneurial mindset
    • Comfortable with ambiguity
    • Passion for digital enablement
    • Keen on building something new
    • Highly organized and high integrity

Contact for application information.

RTP – Triangle Impact Challenge 2021: FlyRDU – Design Challenge


Cash Prizes Offered For Ideas That Make Air Travel Safer During a Pandemic


RDU AIRPORT N.C. — Airline travel has taken a huge hit from the coronavirus shutdown, yet it has always been a vital part of the global and regional economy.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is already helping passengers fly with confidence by increasing its cleaning and disinfecting practices, requiring that masks be worn in the airport, encouraging physical distancing and using touchless technology. Now RDU wants to identify additional ways to make air travel safe and welcoming by tapping into the talents of local universities and research institutes.

RDU is working with Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and RTI International to improve the air travel experience by finding more ways to keep passengers safe and healthy during the parking, ticketing, screening, waiting, shopping, dining and boarding processes.

They’ve launched the Triangle Impact Challenge 2021: FlyRDU with $120,000 in prizes to look for these solutions by tapping into the region’s most innovative minds.

For example, is it possible to make the journey from a person’s car to their seat on board the aircraft completely touchless? Can passengers be screened and processed without standing in line? What incentives might help passengers behave more safely?

“RDU is committed to protecting the health of everyone who visits the airport and safely welcoming passengers back to air travel,” said Michael J. Landguth, president & CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “This challenge is an opportunity for local students, faculty and employees of the consortium to design and develop innovative solutions that redefine the future of safe travel.”

Participants will be allowed to examine any aspect of the airport’s operation, from cleaning and disinfecting protocols to queuing procedures and building design. The submissions could range from new technologies to proposed health screenings, operational adjustments or any other advancement that could improve the travel experience by limiting the spread of illness.

The FlyRDU Challenge kicks off this month with a broad appeal inviting students, faculty and staff and university-affiliated startups at Duke, N.C. Central, N.C. State, UNC and RTI International to consider submitting proposals. The first round of projects are due Nov. 16 and will be judged by a panel of experts before finalists are announced the week of Dec. 21, 2020.

The finalists will pitch their projects during an event on the week of Jan. 18, 2021 and the winners will be announced the following week. Challenge organizers also plan to involve angel investors and startup company expertise in the region to help some of these ideas rapidly achieve marketability.

“Times of crisis like this can inspire great leaps forward in innovation and technology, we’ve seen that before,” said Lawrence Carin, vice president for research at Duke University. “I think it’s a terrific idea to call on this region’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit to try to improve the air travel we all depend on so much.”

“Innovation thrives and accelerates when people who have diverse sets of expertise come together to solve problems that are pressing and complex,” said Judith Cone, vice chancellor for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development at UNC-Chapel Hill. “Launching this challenge is a smart way to coalesce inventive minds around air-travel challenges. This collaboration will engage innovators from universities in our region who bring the ingenuity, scientific knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to make an immediate economic and health impact at RDU and create a model of innovation for the entire industry.”

“NC State University is excited to be a part of this critically important innovation challenge,” said Tom Miller, senior vice provost and executive director of NC State Entrepreneurship.  “Recently ranked by the Bush Institute among the top 20 U.S. universities for innovation impact, we are eager to help solve these problems created by the pandemic.”

“This area has world-class expertise in public health, virology, engineering and human factors design,” said James Gibson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, RTI International. “Surely we can apply what we know to the challenges now being faced by the air travel industry and come up with solutions that will help everyone, not just in the Piedmont of NC, but around the world.”

To learn more about the Triangle Impact Challenge 2021: FlyRDU please visit, sponsored by Agorize.

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NYC/Remote – The Massapequa Tutor – Technical Lead

Technical Lead

About The Massapequa Tutor
The Massapequa Tutor (TMT) is a K-12 peer tutoring company founded in 2016 based on Long Island, New York. Our mission is to exceed parents’ expectations of a tutoring session through the use of young, personable, and engaging tutors who not only help their students perform academically but also act as peers to inspire their students to achieve greatness. Our core values include Commitment to the customer, Attention to detail, Convenience, and Passion. We specialized in one-on-one subject tutoring and SAT/ACT group classes, as well as hold group classes for major exams.

Job Description
We’re currently undergoing a huge pivot to change the way peer tutoring occurs and our company operates, and we’re looking for engineering talent to help us craft an innovative solution. You will not only be building but helping shape our product strategy and contribute to our vision.

Job Requirements

  • Full stack development experience, preferably with the following environments & languages: React, Typescript, C#, ASP.NET Core, MariaDB, ElasticSearch, AWS, GitHub, Swagger API
  • Willing to work in an agile environment
  • Be able to devote at least 10-20 hours per week on this role
  • Be able to think strategically, analytically, and creatively
  • Be an immaculate communicator
  • Be incredibly organized
  • Passion about this position and our mission
  • Be able to prioritize well
  • Be radically transparent
  • Be humble
  • Passion about the problem
  • A great attitude – no “brilliant jerks”
  • A growth mentality – nobody knows everything, it is what you do when you don’t know something that matters more
  • Independent thinker – no “yes men”
  • Ownership over problems – we are the antithesis of a bureaucracy
  • Customer obsessed
  • Team player – We>I, always
  • Long-term focus
  • Highly flexible – we will likely have to pivot more than once, so buckle up
  • Bias towards action

This is an equity-only position, with compensation expected to be between 7.5-15% on a typical four-year, one-year cliff vesting schedule. We have not raised any funding yet, but in the event of a capital raise, there is an expected amount of dilution to bring on the investors and an option pool. The value you bring to the team and the progress we make will boost the valuation to offset this 🙂

Questions/Next Steps
Email any questions to
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so reach out early!
The next steps would include a technical and behavioral interview.

Apply here!

Durham, NC – Audacity Labs – Internships

Audacity Labs is an innovation incubator and after-school program for teens, where teams of high school student entrepreneurs work together to conceive, develop, and launch new ventures. We offer a working space, connections, and a structured program of content and coaching. Through an entrepreneurial curriculum, series of field trips, and constant support from both undergraduate students and successful individuals from around the Triangle, Audacity Labs seeks to provide high school students with the opportunity to participate in the entrepreneurial spirit that is permeating Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill.


A.     HOURS

i.         8 hours a day (not including 1-hour lunch break)

ii.         All national holidays off. Meetings can be remote.

iii.         June 8 – Aug 14


i.         Quinci King – B.A. ‘20

ii.         Manuel Hernandez – B.A. ‘20

iii.         Matt Nash — Managing Director for Social Entrepreneurship


i.         ReCity

1.     Durham Co-Working space focused on social impact.

2.   Positions

A.     Curriculum Developer

i.         Work alongside the executive team and I&E department to create summer and full schoolyear programming. These are two timeframes that are more extensive than Audacity Labs has ever catered to before, so we are looking to hire someone to build out our entrepreneurship focused curriculum. This is the core of Audacity Labs, and you will have a massive job shaping the experience of our student participants.

ii.         Tasks

1.     Transform Audacity Labs’ curriculum as we look to expand to more students over the summer and the next year.

2.     Plan field trips, workshops and speeches from influential figures in the start-up community in the Triangle in an attempt to educate students on the diversity, entrepreneurship, and history of Durham.

3.     Work with past Audacity Labs participants to receive feedback regarding how to optimize the program’s reach, impact, and success as we attempt to provide more offerings outside of typical business skills.

B.     Fundraising and External Relations

i.         As a nonprofit, fundraising and external relations are very important. From grant writing to attending community partner meetings to interacting with sponsors, this role is vital for the health and success of Audacity Labs. In this role, you will be responsible for helping obtain the resources, whether physical, monetary, or otherwise, that will allow Audacity Labs to provide the best experience for a diverse set of individuals.

ii.         Tasks

1.     Work with the Executive Director to create a database of grants and timelines for the entire grant writing process while maintaining a Grant Calendar which shows when a grant application and/or report is due.

2.     Work with coaches, mentors, and students to identify areas of needs where a grant would help solve a problem or fill a need.

3.     Attend community and volunteer events with Audacity Labs to share information with attendees about what we do and how to get involved.

4.     Create and implement outreach strategies that engage corporate and community sponsors to want to engage with Audacity Labs

3.   Qualifications

i.         Current enrollment status as a freshman, sophomore, or junior undergraduate student at Duke University

ii.         A GPA of 3.2 or higher

iii.         An extreme passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, and teamwork

iv.         Experience in leadership roles, team management, and/or prior classroom experience with Durham High School students

v.         Exceptional problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills (verbal and written), as well as attention to detail

vi.         Ability to multitask and work independently, as well as will team members to collectively meet proposal deadlines

vii.         Proficiency using Adobe PDF and Microsoft Office

viii.         Availability to work for the dates provided above and located in Durham

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