Intern, Innovation (SUMMER 2020) at Americares

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Employer: Americares

Expires: 03/31/2020

TITLE:                         Intern, InnovationDEPARTMENT:            Innovation, Executive OfficeLOCATION:                           Stamford, Connecticut      REPORTS TO:            Director, Innovation   ASSIGNMENT TYPE:           Summer Internship Program, 2020                        Monday through Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm from                        May 26, 2020 through August 6, 2020 ABOUT AMERICARESAmericares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries, including the United States, with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies. For more information, visit americares.org. DEPARTMENT AND POSITION SUMMARY:Innovation is managed by the Director of Innovation, reporting into the VP, Chief of Staff, under the CEO. Our mission is to develop and leverage Americares capacity to identify, incubate and scale innovations to accelerate its mission. Toward that effort we are building an innovation culture through information exchange, engagement and experimentation.  We are building a platform and process that facilitates the elevation of new ideas generated from anywhere in the organization and brings them through execution to scale.  We are also working to identify and leverage emerging disruptors in the social impact sector to accelerate our growth. The intern will help support these efforts and identify opportunities to leverage and nurture innovation in an effort to bring them to scale. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Daily/Weekly/Monthly:Monthly innovation communication launches and maintenance strategy.Support improvement, development and implementation of organization-wide open idea sharing (internally called Imagine Sessions)General support and partnership with Innovation Director on daily innovation activitiesLong Term Projects:Build out internal “crowd sourced” Innovation Challenge platform.Build a business model and plan to test the feasibility of at least one specific innovation in process.CORE AMERICARES RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERSONAL SUCCESS FACTORS:Foster Americares values of responsiveness, results orientation, collaboration, efficiency and integrity.Passion for our mission and the desire to work within the global health/emergency response sector.SKILLS:PreferredExposure to innovation practices, methods, models. [such as Design Thinking, Business Model Canvasing]Exposure/interest in change management and organizational effectiveness.Interest in advancing the goals of Americares as a social impact organization focused on health.RequiredCurrent undergraduate studentAvailable for the full dates of internship (5/26/2020 – 8/6/2020)A complete resume and cover letter; applications without a cover letter will not be consideredMust apply on Americares websiteExposure to Business strategy and implementation planningAbility to think strategically and translate it into action.Demonstrated project leadership and management skills.Business mindset and outcomes focus.EXPERIENCE GAINEDResearch, assess and develop recommendations for large-scale innovations.Build a business case and influencing outcomes.Ability to understand and positively affect organizational culture.Use strategies to implement change.****Check with your Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.****