Every day millions of people are left behind and solutions are overlooked because our problem-solving methods are slow, siloed, and unsustainable. We waste billions of dollars and miss opportunities to transform our society and advance environmental well-being. We need to realign and repurpose the resources we already have to solve problems.
NewImpact is a humanity-benefit non-profit, connecting and empowering people in every organization in the world to reimagine how we find opportunities and solve problems. We uncover and connect vital resources and insights often overlooked or underutilized. This approach enables faster and better innovation. Our open data tools, such as our Wiki, reveal unseen opportunities for change, allowing communities, companies, non-profits, and governments to align interests and leverage knowledge and resources to bring new solutions to life.
NewImpact’s Research Internship
We are recruiting four (4) interns to work with a small team to contribute research to two projects: One project exploring ways to increase housing stability in Western Washington, and the other to improve economic security for vulnerable older Americans.
This paid internship will primarily focus on researching and creating a tagged database of public service agencies, non-profits, and private sector companies that relate to challenges at the center of each of these projects. Interns will use NewImpact’s online Wiki tool for this project, and will also provide feedback on the tool and contribute to its ongoing development. The research in this internship will provide foundational data into innovation processes to explore potential new solutions in each of these projects.
In addition to contributing to the projects’ goals, this internship will bring students into the social innovation process and expose them to the power of cross-sector thinking critical to unlocking significant economic value and creating sustainable social impact.
Ideal candidates are passionate about positive social impact, self-motivated, curious, and eager to learn and contribute to innovation and solutions.
About the projects this internship will support
Project 1: Increasing housing stability, with a focus on Western Washington. Housing stability is an ongoing challenge for millions of low-income residents in the US, and the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis have exacerbated pre-existing disparities in access to stable housing. This project will leverage one of our partner’s expertise in distributing emergency financial aid to support those in need of housing support. The project will also explore opportunities and seek to find unexpected partnerships that can improve the experience of receiving federal emergency aid during times of crisis.
Project 2: Increasing economic security for older Americans. Older adults in the US are increasingly less financially secure in their later years. Systemic barriers, employment, and health can pose major obstacles to saving for one’s later years, and many adults are heavily dependent on public systems like Social Security, which can be difficult to navigate and can provide limited benefits. The project aims to uncover new solutions that leverage the resources of the public, private, and social sectors to improve outcomes for our older relatives, friends, and neighbors.
The internship will focus on researching and mapping organization and resource information for NewImpact’s projects. This will include the following activities, and proportions of time spent on any one activity may change over the course of the internship:
1. Learn NewImpact’s Wiki and impact frameworks (~15% of time)
- Attend NewImpact’s training to learn about the Wiki tool’s purpose and use
- Review research and mapping recommendations for successful research and data input
- Work with NewImpact and your advisor to review initial findings and iterate on mapping approaches
- Understand Michael Porter’s Social Progress Index (SPIs) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
2. Research relevant organizations and their resources relevant to NewImpact’s projects on rental assistance and economic security for older adults (~55% of time)
- Research and map the programs and resources of relevant public, private and social sector organizations.
- Input organizational information, including programs and resources, into NewImpact’s Wiki tool.
- Map organizations and programs to the SDGs and SPIs
3. Present on findings from your work and contribute to project brainstorming, ideation, and innovation efforts (~20% of time)
- Participate in project work sessions and meetings to contribute insights from your research and resource mapping to leverage in new solutions to these challenges
- Present the synthesis of your findings and highlight key opportunities for the NewImpact team relevant to the projects.
4. Other duties as assigned, may include supporting interviews with external stakeholders (~10% of time)
- A passion for creating social change and public benefit
- Online research skills
- Creative thinking skills
- Strong communication skills and a bias toward transparency and sharing
- Able to work in teams and independently, managing your own work and priorities
- Ability to synthesize complex information into meaningful insights
- Lived experience, or knowledge of, topics at the center of NewImpact’s two projects: public assistance for housing/economic security, rental assistance, support for aging and older adults.
- Curiosity and entrepreneurial mindset, able to see opportunities and connections that may not be obvious to others
- Graduate student or completing final year of undergraduate studies in a program with subject matter overlap; may be MBA, MPA, Urban Studies, or other relevant topic.
Timeframe and compensation
Timeframe: The internship will run for 10 weeks, starting October 4, 2021, and ending December 10, 2021. Applicants must commit to 10-15 hours of work per week, including one recurring weekly meeting and other potential meetings (to be scheduled considering availability). Hours are flexible for completing the work outside of core meetings.
Deadline and start date: We will give priority consideration to applications submitted by September 20. Deadline for applications is September 27. Target start date is October 4.
Compensation: $2,250 stipend distributed in 3 monthly payments
More information is available at www.newimpact.care