2014 Domestic Corps Projects
Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA) - Chicago, IL - www.ccachicago.org
CCA is a nonprofit management consulting firm serving the City of Chicago through a unique public-private partnership with prominent consulting firms, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. CCA helps the City address its key strategic and operational issues by using a combination of CCA staff, staff on loan from for-profit consulting firms, and guidance from Chicago's most senior business and civic leaders. CCA's focus areas include: education, environment and transit, workforce development, public services and quality of life.
Projects: Two (2) MBA interns will complete high-impact projects for the City of Chicago, working side-by-side with CCA experts, private sector consultants, and senior executives in Chicago government. Projects may be focused on economic growth, education, healthcare, or public safety and will be finalized as priorities are set and the best intern fit is determined.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) - Bentonville, AR - www.edf.org
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) uses economic incentives to achieve transformational change within four key program areas - climate, oceans, ecosystems, and health. Through its Corporate Partnership Program, EDF works to harness the power of markets to unleash environmental salutations and innovations.
Project: Consumer Product Sustainability - Retail
Two (2) MBA interns will work on separate tracks with EDF staff, and Walmart's corporate sustainability team, merchants, and suppliers to conduct research and analysis to identify areas of significant potential for product improvement in product categories associated with high greenhouse gas emissions, chemical toxicity, and/or agricultural impacts.
Focus: HOPE - Detroit, MI - www.focushope.edu
Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization in Detroit, with the mission of using intelligent and practical action to fight racism, poverty and injustice. Their programs include a food program for eligible mothers, children and senior citizens; education and training in information technology, manufacturing and engineering; community arts programs; community and economic development initiatives; a manufacturing operation; children's day care and education, conference facilities, and volunteer and outreach activities.
Project: Two (2) interns - 1 MBA and 1 BBA - will co-develop a business plan that integrates production or service delivery into workforce development and adult education training programs at Focus: HOPE, with the goal of providing clients with "real world" experience while also providing the community with access to low cost products/services.
REDF - San Francisco or Los Angeles, CA - www.redf.org
REDF (also known as The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) is a San Francisco-based venture philanthropy organization that creates jobs and employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to work. REDF provides equity-like grants and business assistance to a portfolio of nonprofits in California to start and expand social enterprises - nonprofit-operated businesses selling goods and services demanded by the marketplace while intentionally employing young people and adults who would otherwise face bleak prospects of ever getting a job.
Note: this is a special route for Ross MBAs to apply to the Farber Intern program. If selected, you will be a part of the 6-8 member Farber Intern cohort for next summer. Therefore, you should not apply directly to Farber separately from your Domestic Corps application.
Project: An MBA intern, depending on background/interests and REDF's priorities, may assess market size and potential business opportunities; analyze profitability drivers; create an operations plan or dashboard; or develop sales and marketing plans for a social enterprise. Alternatively, the intern may assist REDF with strategic plan development or research on topics including outcomes measurement, knowledge sharing, and leadership development.
TEAM Schools, A Network of KIPP Schools - Newark, NJ - www.teamschools.org
TEAM runs high-performing KIPP schools in the Newark, New Jersey region that instill in their students the desire and ability to succeed in college, in order to change the world. KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. TEAM Schools operates one high school, two middle schools, and two elementary schools, with projections to open one additional school per year over the foreseeable future.
Project: An MBA intern in partnership with the Finance leadership team will develop a strategy to scale the team's operations to serve TEAM Schools at full-size. This may include creating a long-run staffing plan and organizational structure, creating a school financial start-up guide, developing robust tools for financial analysis, and/or exploring inventory management approaches for a more efficient budget process.
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