Project-Based Internship (Fall 2022/Spring 2023)

South Bend, Indiana, United States | Part-time | Partially remote


Who We Are
enFocus, a non-profit organization, brings an entrepreneurial focus to communities in the South Bend - Elkhart, Indiana region by recruiting top talent, providing mentorship and cohort-based programming, and executing innovation projects for community partners, called sponsors, in the Civic (education, government, healthcare, nonprofit, etc.) and Industry (manufacturing, technology, private business, etc.) sectors. Since its founding in 2012, enFocus has also incubated 53 startups and social impact initiatives through Research, Development, & Entrepreneurship.

What You’ll Do
enFocus Fellows often identify part-time projects that could use the help of additional team members. That’s where you come in! As a paid, enFocus Fall and/or Spring Semester Intern, you’ll work alongside enFocus Fellows to support project-based efforts related to the needs of Civic and Industry sponsors.

As needs arise throughout the semester, enFocus will look into this applicant pool to identify candidates with skills and interests that match our projects. Once we determine that you’re a match, enFocus will reach out to gauge your interest in a particular project. Because this process occurs on a rolling basis, project length and type vary considerably depending on project needs.

You’ll likely be assigned to support a project in either the Civic Innovation portfolio or the Industry Innovation portfolio.

Past examples of Civic Innovation projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Partnering with government officials to design a city-wide sustainable food system
  • Developing and deploying a community needs assessment for a non-profit hospital
  • Building strategic and financial plans for a grant-funded, community ride-sharing initiative
  • Creating and implementing a Google Ads campaign and a marketing strategy for a local workforce development agency

Past examples of Industry Innovation projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Using Lean Six Sigma or other methodologies to examine processes, data, and financial flows to identify efficiency gains and optimize value streams for a manufacturer
  • Designing and piloting research studies regarding products, markets, and supply chain dynamics for an existing business or emerging startup
  • Analyzing and visualizing data for a private business using tools such as PowerBI, Python scripts, and Alteryx

Regardless of your project portfolio, some common internship activities include:

  • Collecting, synthesizing, and/or analyzing data
  • Conducting qualitative research (e.g. interviewing stakeholders in the community or at sponsor organizations)
  • Informing the strategic direction of projects through best practice research
  • Analyzing business plans and processes to provide recommendations to sponsors
  • Assisting with the implementation of new technologies
  • Providing technical assistance for the creation of a new product or service

Each project will have a distinct timeline. Some projects may only last a few weeks, others may require assistance in both the Fall and Spring Semesters--but most projects fall somewhere in between those two extremes. Though work hours will differ week-to-week based on project needs and your availability, you should be able to commit around 8 hours or more per week during this internship. For each project, these details will be discussed and finalized through the interview process and will be included in the job description provided with your offer letter.

Additionally, given the community-focused nature of our work, we hope that you are able to work on-site at our offices in South Bend or Elkhart, Indiana pending public health guidance.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in progress (all majors are considered)
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Ability to work around 8 hours or more per week in the South Bend - Elkhart region

What we look for in a candidate:

  • Passion to build better communities through innovation and/or entrepreneurship in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to identify work activities and work independently
  • Excellent communication skills and professionalism
  • Relevant experience, skills, and/or interests that can be applied to a project
  • Ties to the South Bend - Elkhart Region as a resident or student

Job Type
Part-Time Internship  (~8 hours per week)

enFocus Interns are expected to work in-person at enFocus offices in South Bend and Elkhart, Indiana; however, Interns will also have the flexibility to work remotely on occasion.

Starting Hourly Wage Range: $13.00 - $15.00 per hour

Application Deadlines
enFocus accepts rolling Fall/Spring Semester Internship applications throughout the year. We will review and evaluate submissions on an as-needed basis as projects arise. 

Contact Information
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