Category: Social Innovation Opportunities (Page 1 of 2)

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

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.

1.   DETAILS

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

B.     SUPERVISORS

i.         Quinci King – B.A. ‘20

ii.         Manuel Hernandez – B.A. ‘20

iii.         Matt Nash — Managing Director for Social Entrepreneurship

C.     LOCATION

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

Remote – Permanence Partners – Eldercare Real Estate and Healthcare Entrepreneurship Intern

Permanence Partners – Eldercare Real Estate and Healthcare Entrepreneurship Intern

If you are an entrepreneur at heart but don’t yet know your path to CEO, if you are interested in healthcare and creating a better aging experience, and if you are interested in private equity and real estate development, this internship may be of interest. Permanence Partners is a Search Fund dedicated to buying, building, and operating assisted living and memory care communities that bring meaning and security to the lives of our residents. Permanence Partners was founded in 2019 by Jonathan Schatz, Trinity ’07, Stanford Law School JD ’16, Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA ’16. Permanence Partners is a startup structured as a Search Fund, a special purpose private equity fund, dedicated to a single investment thesis and with the long-term goal of owning and operating one business in the senior housing sector. Permanence Partners will operate in three steps:

  • Identify a market need in senior housing
  • Develop and buy senior housing properties
  • Operate world-class senior housing communities where the stories of our residents’ lives are shared and written every day.

We seek interns who are above all else entrepreneurial. Entrepreneurial means that you have a bias towards action, you want to make an impact in the world, you don’t want to spend your life working for other people, and you are willing to fail if it means you fail in pursuit of your curiosity and your freedom.

This internship will be a deep dive into the dynamics of:

  • Search Fund Entrepreneurship (i.e. entrepreneurship through acquisition)
  • Healthcare – how to keep seniors safe and well, especially in a post-COVID world
  • Real Estate Development

Permanence Partners is a for-profit startup with a deep social mission – to create a better way of aging while building communities that build wealth for our investors and our employees. If you would like to be on the ground floor of this entrepreneurial journey and develop a toolkit to become a CEO in the near future, we look forward to meeting with you. This internship will report directly to the CEO. Please send resumes and cover letters to Jonathan.Schatz@permanencepartners.com. All backgrounds and majors are encouraged to apply. The role is intended for the summer but can be extended if desired.

Remote – Black Fire Ventures – Multiple Roles

Black Fire Innovation™ brings UNLV, one of the nation’s top research institutions, and Caesars Entertainment, the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment provider, together in a collaborative, environment to spark innovations that drive our industry and community forward.

This summer, Black Fire Innovation is offering the following internships:

Skills needed: Python, UX, blockchain, game design

  • Build a lottery based blockchain game with an interface design to be a digital, online pinball or pachinko machine. Game will be presented to commercial gaming companies and online gaming businesses for a social and real money wagering game license.

Skills needed: tech Innovation, AR, VR, Stats, Business planning, Writing and communication skills, tech background in networking is helpful, renewable energy tech and environmental science. nonetheless, these are not prerequisites.

  • EaglePoint Master Plan. Eagle Point is a Southern Utah based, operational, mountain resort covering more than 4600 protected acres of wildlife and nature. Considered one of the most beautiful locations in the United States it has maintained a pristine environmental habitat. Moreover, EaglePoint if the most central location to the largest number and size of national parks in the U.S. Eagle Point wants to establish eco-friendly, tech infused mindful and balanced living resort experience predicated on forward thinking and progressive notions of nature, harmony, meant health and wellness. A year-round resort that has the opportunity to redefine the Fall-Winter-Spring-Summer getaway by emptying the most advanced technologies to support deepest human values. For example, Augmented reality nature hikes, snowboard based competitions and automated delivery of services via drones are some of the concepts presently underway. Other examples include University nature sanctuaries on the private lands and mindfulness programming including mountain Yoga and meditation. The master plan will explore the complete phased approach to achieve a 21st century, tech infused showcase balancing nature humans and recreational activities.The final plan and presentation to the developers will include the student team and submitted for review by other destination developers after IP protection has been processed.

Skills needed: Data analytics, conservationism, political science, writing, IoT, Drones, engineering design, any skills are applicable and any educational background will be seriously considered.

  • Save the Elephants of Botswana. Black Fire Venture is working with Elephants without Borders in Botswana to design a program to better protect a herd of 15,000 that are endangered. We are seeking a plan that uses advanced technology and Data Science to develop a methodology that overcomes the traditional constraints for protecting endeared species. The plan is to be presented to the foundation and submitted for publication in journals. Key to this project is a sustainable funding model which has not been attempted but aligned to new values of trust brokering and social venture capital.

Skills needed: Business, Software design, UX, customer journey, financial modeling presentation skills, writing skills, data science and analytics.

  • The future business model, supporting technology platform and financial model for casino gaming companies as we result of the challenges presented by technology disruption rapidly changing consumer behavior , competition and COVID-19. The business model will be presented to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, CEOs of various established casino gaming companies, casino gaming manufacturers, Fortune 100 technology companies, and eSports video game publishers. The findings will be submitted for publication in a summary article with HBR and various journals.

 

Remote Internships

We are a team of Brown students working to place qualified, ambitious students in internship positions at new, forward-thinking start-ups. Startups can offer positions in marketing, research, strategy, software engineering, design, etc. For many students, their original summer plans may not be transpiring as planned, and we’d like them to know that we are here to support them in finding summer internships. At the same time, many startups are currently navigating unprecedented times and we want to help them find great interns to join their team. Please note that our platform is completely free to both students and startups.

Remote – Pre-Accelerator Early Stage Startup – Internship

Do you have an entrepreneurial mindset and an interest in developing healthtech and/or medical device innovations to improve animal welfare?  Then this opportunity may be for you.  During this pre-accelerator internship, you will provide key technical insights to help assess the market needs and product viability of a pet finding innovation for lost cats and dogs.  This start-up idea has been accepted into a six week pre-accelerator program in London, UK starting mid-May. This will create the roadmap for your summer internship and provide you the opportunity to be involved in the early stages of validating and testing customer needs as well as creating and evaluating potential solutions.

Desired Candidate:

  • Biomedical engineering student or other applicable technical study
  • Experience and/or interest in entrepreneurship with an ability to think out of the box
  • Curiosity and willingness to help obtain essential customer insights and adjust product specifications accordingly
  • An interest in companion animal welfare (i.e. pet cats and dogs)
  • Available to have project update calls in the morning. The Founder is from the US and currently lives in London, UK.

Benefits to you:

  • Gain experience utilizing business model validation tools to assess the viability of a start-up idea
  • Obtain market research learnings from two companion animal health markets – US and UK
  • Be an integral part of the “go/no go” decision for an animal welfare innovation

 This internship has the flexibility to be full-time or part-time.  If interested, please contact Duke Alum Laura at  lhinton@alumni.duke.edu. Deadline is Sunday the 10th.

Boston, Chicago, Washington DC and Sacramento – Environment America Fellows

Environment America (the national chapter) is dedicated to training and developing our new staff. In a three week intensive course, we equip new fellows with skills to successfully lobby elected officials, write and pitch the media, build powerful coalitions, and manage social media. Fellows make a real difference on cutting edge campaigns that promote a greener, healthier world. We are looking for applicants that are passionate and don’t shy away from hard work and long hours. Our campaigns range from promoting 100% renewable energy commitments to banning single-use plastic, to holding big polluters accountable in a court of law. Click here to learn more about our work and here to apply to be a fellow with Environment America.

 

Remote – Holy Grail – Paid Internship

About the company

Holy Grail  builds super intelligence for complex research and optimization problems to accelerate scientific breakthroughs and optimize resources in impactful areas like energy storage, energy production, lab grown meat, catalysis, manufacturing, and others

Required (soft skills)

  • solutions/positive mindset
  • fast learners
  • first principles thinkers/doers
  • passionate about accelerating research/optimization and impacting these areas holygrail.ai/2042  and industries holygrail.ai/brain

Required 

  • Python
  • Pytorch
  • General AWS

Ideal (ideal but not mandatory)

  • pyro.ai
  • Probabilistic deep learning (e.g. Bayesian Neural Networks)
  • Variational auto encoders
  • Active learning
  • Optimal Experiment Design (Variational and others)
  • Feature importance estimation (e.g. Lasso, Ridge)
  • Dataset preprocessing
  • Automatic hyper parameter turning
  • Automatic model selection
  • Dimensionality reduction
  • MCMC (Markov Chain Monte Carlo)
  • TCNN’s (Temporal Convolutional Neural Networks)
  • LSTMS (although TCNN’s are preferred)
  • MCTS (Monte Carlo Tree Search)
  • AWS Sagemaker
  • Flask
  • Attention based NLP (e.g. Transformers)

UI/UX design

  • Figma or sketch
  • iOS

Growth Marketing/Hacking B2C and B2B

  • Data-Tracking & Analysis
  • Acquisition Marketing (Social, Search, Content, Email, etc.)
  • User retention
  • Referral Programs & Viral Marketing
  • Conversion Rate Optimization & A/B-testing
  • Activation & User On-boarding
  • UI / UX
  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Customer Interviews
  • Copywriting
  • Automation

Internship opportunities are available not only during the summer, but throughout the year.  They can also be part-time, if desired. 

If you are interested in applying, please email manuelaimitkova@gmail.com for more information.

Chapel Hill, NC – Miracle Feet – Full-time Position

About Us
MiracleFeet is a global nonprofit working to eliminate a leading cause of physical disability worldwide. Over two million children live with the severe consequences of a treatable birth defect known as clubfoot, and 175,000 more babies are born with it every year. Thanks to a non-surgical solution called the Ponseti method, 95 percent of cases can be fully treated for less than $500. Since 2010, MiracleFeet has scaled this proven, low-cost treatment to 27 countries where children previously had limited or no access to care. Still, today fewer than one in five children has access to treatment.
MiracleFeet is the largest organization exclusively dedicated to this global health crisis. As we continue to grow, we need enthusiastic and inspired team members to help secure the funding required to end this solvable problem for every child on the planet.

Summary
The Major Gifts Officer will support the development and execution of MiracleFeet’s major donor fundraising strategy by managing and growing a diverse portfolio of individual, corporate, and family foundation donors and prospects. MiracleFeet plans to raise $15M in gifts and future pledges over the next 2 years in order to grow its annual operating budget from $6M to $9M per year by 2023. This position will be responsible for developing the donor pipeline to support this trajectory.
Reporting to the Interim Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer will cultivate relationships with high net worth individuals to fuel the steady growth of our organization, create compelling proposals to achieve revenue and renewal targets year over year, and deliver impactful stewardship experiences to our supporters. The ideal candidate will be an experienced fundraiser—one who is passionate about MiracleFeet’s mission and committed to reaching ambitious goals. The Major Gifts Officer will work in close collaboration with MiracleFeet’s Executive Director and a growing fundraising team.

This is a full-time, exempt position, based either in MiracleFeet’s Chapel Hill, NC office, or remotely in the San Francisco Bay area. This role requires frequent travel to visit donors.

Essential Functions
• Cultivate current and prospective donor relationships through targeted outreach to build MiracleFeet’s major donor pipeline
• Conduct visits and other high-level interactions with high net worth individuals and family foundations
• Support MiracleFeet’s leadership in fundraising activities, including recommending appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies, debriefing following visits, and managing follow up activity
• Identify donors and prospects with the capacity to give $10,000+ and create strategies for engagement and solicitation
• Explore major donors’ philanthropic priorities and interests to identify opportunities that align with MiracleFeet’s mission
• Support international fundraising efforts, especially in the UK, Germany, and Switzerland
• Plan and execute meaningful engagement opportunities to build donor retention
• Attend networking events and pursue opportunities to showcase MiracleFeet’s work
• Collaborate with the marketing team to develop creative and impactful content for proposals, reports, correspondence, and campaign appeals
• Schedule, plan, and accompany donors on international clinic visits
• Identify, recruit, and support hosts for regional fundraising events
• Collaborate with team members to ensure timely and accurate completion of routine work such as gift acknowledgements, solicitation and cultivation mailings, event invitations, and database coding of gifts
• Work closely with program team to acquire knowledge needed to create comprehensive proposal strategies
• Perform other duties as assigned

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the individual in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the position. Employees may have other duties assigned at any time.

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree
• 4 years of experience, including a track record of successfully soliciting gifts from major donors, foundations, and corporations in the $10,000 – $100,000 range.
• Experience using constituent relationship management software and database systems
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Ability to travel up to 30% of the time

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Commitment to goal attainment, high degree of initiative, and ability to motivate and engage high-level volunteers and donors
• Demonstrated ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and accountability, specifically in regard to managing deliverables and meeting deadlines
• Highly organized with excellent time-management, prioritization, and investigative skills
• Superior written and oral communication skills, as well as interpersonal and motivational skills, with experience writing proposals
• Ability to develop and follow through on creative and effective solicitation strategies
• An eye for creating efficiencies and keeping track of details
• Good listener with strong ability to internalize key messaging and language
• Experience in the field of international development or related issues preferred

Salary/Benefits
• Salary commensurate with experience
• Health insurance provided
• Three weeks of vacation per year
• Optional dental and vision insurance
• 401K plan available; employer match offered
• Life insurance and disability insurance provided

To Apply
Please submit your detailed cover letter and resume here.
Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until January 27, 2020 or until the position is filled.
MiracleFeet is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Chapel Hill, NC – Miracle Feet – Full-time Position

Summary

MiracleFeet plans to raise $15M in gifts and future pledges over the next 2 years, in order to grow its annual operating budget from $6M to $9M per year by 2023. To get there, we are pursuing significant growth in funding from major institutional donors, including corporate, foundation, and government entities. The Development Writer will be a critical contributor to this effort by researching grant opportunities, identifying synergies with global health funders, and writing compelling content for proposals, applications, and other fundraising initiatives.

This position will report to the Interim Director of Development and will provide high-level support writing persuasive and comprehensive materials that convey MiracleFeet’s program model and strategic plan. The ideal candidate will have exceptional writing, editing, and project management skills, with experience creating and adapting content to appeal to a variety of audiences. This position will also work closely with MiracleFeet’s Executive Director and a growing fundraising team.


This is a full-time, exempt position, based in MiracleFeet’s Chapel Hill, NC office.


Essential Functions
• Research and identify prospective global health funders and institutional donors whose priorities and initiatives align with MiracleFeet’s mission
• Write clear and compelling content for proposals, grant applications, concept notes, and reports
• Serve as project manager for grant submissions by preparing proposal materials from team members, writing content, and tracking deadlines for applications and reports
• Maintain a reporting and renewal calendar to support the fundraising team’s workflow
• Collaborate with the Director of Programs and Program Managers to create comprehensive proposal strategies
• Work closely with the Interim Director of Development and other members of MiracleFeet’s leadership team to edit and revise proposals and reports to meet donor expectations
• Stay abreast of trends in philanthropy and global health, particularly when relevant to institutional funding
• Collaborate with team members to ensure timely and accurate completion of routine work such as gift acknowledgements, solicitation and cultivation mailings, event invitations, and database coding of gifts
• Work closely with program team to acquire knowledge needed to write accurate proposals and reports and build donor relationships effectively
• Perform other duties as assigned

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the individual in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the position. Employees may have other duties assigned at any time.


Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 4 years of writing experience, ideally in fundraising or marketing
• Experience in nonprofit fundraising
• Experience working in deadline-driven environments
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Exceptional written communication skills; demonstrated ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals
• Strong editing and proof-reading skills
• Demonstrated project management experience planning, prioritizing, and coordinating multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Must be flexible to shifting needs and priorities
• Strong contributor in team environments
• Highly organized with excellent time-management, prioritization, and investigative skills
• Demonstrated ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and accountability, specifically in regard to managing deliverables and meeting deadlines
• An eye for creating efficiencies and keeping track of details
• Good listener with strong ability to internalize key messaging and language
• Experience using constituent relationship management software and database systems preferred
• Experience in the field of international development, global health or related issues preferred

Salary/Benefits
• Salary commensurate with experience
• Health insurance provided
• Three weeks of vacation per year
• Optional dental and vision insurance
• 401K plan available; employer match offered
• Life insurance and disability insurance provided

To Apply

Please submit your detailed cover letter and resume here.

Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until January 27, 2020 or until the position is filled.

MiracleFeet is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

For additional information, refer to our website here.

Accenture Innovation Challenge

Accenture Innovation Challenge 

DEADLINE 1/13/2020

Accenture is thrilled to announce the 2020 Accenture Innovation Challenge – a multi-round event that combines hands-on consulting experience with the opportunity to make a positive impact on society.

If selected to participate, you’ll work in teams to develop an innovative solution for a real challenge faced by our non-profit partner, Waterkeeper Alliance. The winning team will receive an internship offer, the opportunity to implement their solution, and a cash prize.The deadline for eligible students to apply is January 13, 2020. Register HERE!

Please see the website for more details on the competition and the rules.

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