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.

Durham, Remote – LiveGlobally – Intern

LiveGlobally is a local non-profit, who serves our local and global communities affected by traumatic situations. We have a volunteer staff of enthusiastic and passionate people who care for those with needs.

We need an intern who can create a status & financial report from the past few years that depicts the successes we have had with our projects. We will post this on our website to help with fundraising and grants.

The deadline for such is December 2021.

For more information or to apply, contact:

Durham, NC – SCOHP – Health Policy Case Competition

Want to gain experience in developing and delivering major healthcare innovations? Interested in health policy, entrepreneurship, consulting, business, or healthcare?

Duke undergraduate students of all backgrounds are invited to participate in the second annual Health Policy Case Competition which will be hosted on September 10th and 11th, 2021 in collaboration with Duke Student Collaborative on Health Policy (SCOHP), Duke Consulting Club, Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy, and RTI International.

As a participant, you will gain the opportunity to simulate business problem-solving oriented towards healthcare and network with industry leaders. The first-place team will receive a $1000 cash prize, second place will receive $500, and third place will receive $250!

Apply here today as either an individual or as a member of up to a 5-member team by September 5. No prior experience is necessary:

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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