Innovative Internship Program

Flexibility and adaptability are fundamental to survival in today’s continuously, rapidly changing world.

 

The unprecedented disruption of COVID-19 shines a bright light on the need for reinvention. Employers must be prepared to pivot or reconstruct their businesses in part or in whole if they are to navigate our new landscape.

The Innovative Internship Program is designed by FindMino, the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club (Rotary), and Bainbridge Youth Services (BYS) to support employers by providing access to the innovative minds of students from the University of Washington Foster School of Business, Olympic College, and area high schools who are the next generation of employees, customers, and manufacturers, and service providers.

Interns use HCD as a methodology uniquely suited for work with their community client in order to help provide solutions for innovation, reinvention, and prototyping new ways of operation and business.

The program benefits employers through the work performed by the students, and the knowledge that they are helping students make more informed decisions about their futures.

 

Participants:

  • Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government-agency employers.

  • High school and undergraduate students eager to learn, work, and gain valuable insight into the challenges faced by real-world employers and the changes employers must make to survive and thrive during and after the era of COVID-19.

 

How it works for students:

  1. Students sign up for the Innovative Internship Program on FindMino.

  2. Enrolled students complete a swipe quiz.

  3. Enrolled students then attend online training on human-centered design presented by FindMino.

  4. Following training, students are divided into Teams that consist of students paired with a Rotary Coach.

How it works for employers:

  1. Employers sign up for the program on FindMino and provide specific information on the nature of their business and what type of help they are looking for.

  2. Enrolled employers are given the choice of participating either individually or as members of a Group with shared needs.

  3. A Team of two to six students is paired with an individual or Group of employer(s). During the internship, a Rotary Coach serves as a point of contact for employers and as an advisor to students, optimizing positive impact for both students and employers.

 

Duration and Outcome

The duration of an Innovative Internship is 2 to 3 months, and includes weekly online meetings and a final presentation by the students to the employer(s).

 

How Do I Sign Up?

Participation is by invitation only. If you are interested in joining and haven’t received an invitation, please email info@findmino.com. You will receive an email with a sign-up link. Open a free account at FindMino and follow the instructions to sign up for the Innovative Internship Program.

The Innovative Internship Program is part of the Rotary, BYS, and FindMino collaboration to provide students the opportunity to explore careers and career pathways through the online tools available at FindMino, and the provision of work-based learning opportunities like the Innovative Internships.

What is human-centered design?

Human-centered design (HCD) is a method of creative problem-solving and innovation that centers on the needs, behaviors, and emotions of those being served. Focusing on your audience may sound obvious, but businesses and organizations often drift from their customers’ real-life needs and instead concentrate on cost-cutting, calendars, and figuring out how to make consumers buy what has already been produced. 

Instead of the traditional model of manufacturing widgets, investing in a marketing plan, and hoping it all works out, human-centered design is about proactively understanding exactly what kind of widget a specific audience wants and then working with that audience to create a widget that is inherently useful to those customers. Discovering what your audience really needs—as opposed to operating from what you think they need—leads to meaningful solutions. On a large scale, human-centered design drives disruptive innovation. 

The Innovative Internship Program is designed by FindMino, the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club (Rotary), and Bainbridge Youth Services (BYS) to support employers by providing access to the innovative minds of students from the University of Washington Foster School of Business, Olympic College, and area high schools who are the next generation of employees, customers, and manufacturers, and service providers.

  • Student age: 16 years or older

  • Application form: Required for both students and employers

  • Consent: Parent/Guardian Consent Form required (students are responsible for obtaining)

  • Remuneration: Paid internships are preferred; employers seeking unpaid internships are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

“I loved being outside and everyone that I worked with was very nice. I even still talk to them to this day, and in fact work with one of them now at my new job. Also Brittany at BYS was very helpful, she helped me in creating a resume.” —Summer Internship Program Participant

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