Root Cause (www.rootcause.org) is a nonprofit organization that accelerates enduring solutions to social and economic problems by supporting social innovators and educating social impact investors. Root Cause is seeking a Research Intern to be based out of its Cambridge Office, located in Central Square. The Research Intern will assist thought leaders Andrew Wolk (http://andrewwolk.com/about/) and Brook Manville (http://www.brookmanville.com/about.html) in researching and writing an article on “the next generation of social innovation.” The article will focus on a discussion of the paradigms governing the current discourse in the field of social innovation. This role is a great opportunity to join a dynamic organization and be involved with cutting edge work in this exciting field.
• Complete a scan of the literature on social innovation and a broader scan of work in the business community on innovation
• Analyze the current discourse of innovation & where Root Cause’s viewpoint falls within these debates
• Identify and analyze case studies to support the argument, including identifying work from Root Cause’s practice
• Conduct primary research and verify data, as required
• Write content for and edit the article in conjunction with the co-authors
• Provide other organizational support tasks as needed
• Distinctive research and writing skills
• Ability to analyze, synthesize, and critique academic research and content generated from the field
• Excellent organizational skills and extremely detail-oriented
• Self-motivated and able to work independently
• A goal-oriented work style, with a willingness to bring new ideas to the table, take risks, and learn in an ambiguous and intellectually challenging environment
• Background in and knowledge of the social innovation/ entrepreneurship sector preferred; knowledge of business and for-profit thought leadership a plus
• Both current students on summer break and professionals who are in between positions are encouraged to apply
• Willing to commit to working at least 20 hours/week for a minimum of ten weeks during this summer. Preferred start date is mid-June
Compensation Details/Other Benefits:
Interning with Root Cause provides significant opportunities for professional growth and development. Interns are often able to attend various events, meetings, networking opportunities and trainings. References and/or letters of recommendation will be available to interns who thrive in this position. While we are unable to pay the Research Intern, his/her successful contribution to the article will be acknowledged in the final publication.
How to apply:
Email a cover letter and resume to Emily Silberstein at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, please include a writing sample that demonstrates your analytical and research abilities. Applications are due Wednesday, June 3th at 5pm and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until that time.