6 Updates from Social Entrepreneurship (21 April 2016)

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Still finalizing summer plans? It’s not too late!

The Middlebury Institute’s Center for Social Impact Learning’s (CSIL) summer program AMBASSADOR CORPS is now accepting applications!

*25% discount for Ashoka U campus participants (That means you, Duke students)!

The Ambassador Corps program connects students to the front line of social impact with unique global internship opportunities. A select group of the top undergraduate university students are chosen to do an 9 to 10 week international summer internships with a social enterprise. The program is an entry point to a purpose-driven international career where participants receive tangible work experience with a social enterprise. The 5-day pre-departure training in Washington DC prepares students for a deep dive learning opportunity abroad focusing on the following core modules: intercultural competency, organizational leadership, social impact theory, and global adaptability. Ambassadors chose to focus on Interactive Community Mapping or Digital Storytelling for Social Impact-Learning as fundamental components of the AC summer experience and have the opportunity to work in one of 5 distinct tracks:

  • Sports and Development
  • Youth Education and Entrepreneurship
  • Women and Girls Leadership
  • Microfinance and Social Enterprise Management
  • Environmental Sustainability

Learn more about the program by watching digital stories from participants in Nepal and Rwanda or read more about the 2015 Ambassador Cohort here.

Want to know more? Get in touch at AmbCorps@MIIS.edu.

Round 2 Applications for our Deep-Dive Associates & Analysts positions will close this Friday, April 22nd!

Currently looking for innovative and dynamic Associates and Analysts to join our team for a 10-week summer internship.

You can submit your application materials (Cover Letter and Resume) before the deadline. All applications should be sent to Tawny Saez, Senior Associate at tsaez@ashoka.org.

For more information about this summer internship, visit http://sfs.ashoka.org/join-our-team-1.

The Opportunity:

Ashoka Social Financial Services (SFS) believes that markets can be a powerful tool to improve the character and quality of people’s lives. For almost a decade, Ashoka SFS has searched for and identified leading social entrepreneurs with systems-changing new ideas that use the market to create social impact. A sub-set of these social entrepreneurs is showing us something new: we can achieve greater impact by shifting the market itself to align financial success with social impact. These innovations change what it takes to win, and have the potential to shape large-scale patterns of market activity to benefit everyone.

The SFS team is now focused on a collaborative effort to understand and share with others what we believe is a new way for thinking about and changing our markets.

@AshokaSFS | http://sfs.ashoka.org

Check Out These Exciting Job Opportunities with Conservation X Labs!

Conservation X Labs (http://www.conservationxlabs.com/) is searching for extraordinarily creative individuals who are interested in transforming conservation. Help us create a conservation technology community, manage the first grand challenge for conservation around aquaculture, support new technologies to address wicked conservation problems, and design new incubator/acceleration platforms for conservation innovation & technology.

Check out the opportunities here.

Call for student projects to present at USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network TechCon (this coming fall)

Are you a duke student working on innovative research or projects related to global health or other “global challenges”? USAID TechCon Innovation Marketplace will give students the opportunity to present their ideas to reps from USAID and the other HESN labs.

Learn more and apply here: http://www.globalinnovationexchange.org/funding/innovation-marketplace-techcon-2016

Marketing (Intern) at ENVESTED

Company Description:
Envested (https://www.envested.org/) is a social network giving platform targeted to the millennials. Our platform provides an engaging, social, transparent, and centralized way to direct your philanthropic giving – in your local community and beyond. We take an analytical approach leveraging insights and research from a field emerging at MIT called Social Physics.

We currently have 5 employees: the CEO/Founder, Community Partnerships lead, UX Design Manager, Developer, and Community Operations Manager. The company was launched in September 2015 and our product was released in March 2016.

Role and Responsibilities:
This person will execute and help plan the marketing tactics to increase user acquisition in local communities (NC); (s)he will also be responsible for the design and planning of marketing kits for our nonprofit partners and corporate sponsors. Lastly, (s)he will be responsible for proposing and finalizing our segmentation of users and developing strategies for those target users.

Skills and Requirements:

  • In pursuit of a Bachelors or Masters degree
  • Some experience in consumer marketing (includes digital marketing, ads, marketing messaging, marketing segmentation, etc.)
  • Well versed in social media strategies, tactics, and emerging trends
  • Passion about nonprofit and community impact; bonus points for nonprofit work
  • Works well with others; can take direction and execute with limited oversight needed
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Great attitude and hardworking

Startup Venture Journey Launches This Summer

Do you have a venture that you are ready to launch or take to the next level? Check out this recent article in the Huffington Post to learn more about the Startup Venture Journey that Mycelium is launching this summer. The Startup Venture Journey and it’s designed to support early stage social entrepreneurs toward growing both their ventures and as leaders. Applications are open between now and June 7th. Apply here.

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