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.

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 gautam_bazaz@hotmail.com for application information.

RTP – Triangle Impact Challenge 2021: FlyRDU – Design Challenge

TRIANGLE PARTNERS KICK OFF IMPACT CHALLENGE 2021: FlyRDU

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 https://bit.ly/FlyRDU, sponsored by Agorize.

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WEBSITE: https://duke.agorize-platform.com/en/challenges/triangleimpact-flyrdu/agreements?lang=en

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

Compensation
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 themassapequatutor@gmail.com
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.

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.

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