Each summer, SE@G co-invests with social enterprise partners to provide stipend funding that creates opportunities for MBA students to work with social enterprises as interns. Here are three of those interns who worked in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Nairobi this summer.
Rhushi Bhadkamkar 19MBA was an REDF Farber Fellow at Chrysalis in Los Angeles this summer. Chrysalis is a nonprofit that helps homeless and low- income individuals on the path to self- sufficiency through employment search and retention resources. Chrysalis has plans to expand outside of L.A. County, and Bhadkamkar helped them understand the technology, business and financial needs for that expansion. He says one main thing he learned is that “there are multiple ways to measure impact, and it can vary based on the division in a nonprofit. Tailoring the impact metric is important to show the value of a particular enterprise.”
Alanna Shuh 19MBA spent the summer at Good Measure Meals (GMM) in Atlanta, helping the company transition from a subscription and catering model to selling their ready-to-eat meals in micromarkets. “GMM funds about one-third of all Open Hand meals — a sister nonprofit program,” said Shuh. “Through social enterprise, Open Hand can provide more medically tailored meals to seniors and those that suffer from chronic disease and rely less on grants and philanthropy.”
Hannah Wilson 18MBA/MPH traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to intern for Sanergy, which makes safe and affordable sanitation options for communities across Africa. Wilson helped the company man- age and analyze data on new products, including an in-home toilet offering and a pit latrine emptying service, to be able to reach more of the market with affordable sanitation. About her experience, Wilson said, “In this role with Sanergy, I learned to focus on transferring my knowledge and skills to my coworkers, which allowed my contributions during the three-month internship to be much more permanent for the organization.”