Opportunity for graduate students interested in consulting
The Turner Family Center for Social Ventures hosts a Social Enterprise Consulting (SEc) group to provide concrete opportunities for graduate students to engage in consulting projects, creating business solutions for the problems facing local social enterprises in collaboration with other graduate students from diverse disciplines at Vanderbilt. Interdisciplinary teams of students will support the social enterprises with consultancy services, including general strategy consulting, consumer and market analysis, impact metrics, social impact strategy, marketing and outreach, and operations improvement. The TFC recognizes that complex problems require innovative and multifaceted solutions, and thus encourages and values the participation of students with non-business backgrounds.
Applications to participate in the spring 2022 SEc group are being accepted now, with a deadline of November 12, 2021.
Through the SEc program, students will engage in a lecture series with a mix of peer collaboration and hands-on client consulting. You will build skills and knowledge related to consulting, project management, client relations, and social enterprise topic areas related to the project (e.g., poverty alleviation, impact assessment, etc.). Students will gain exposure to these topics through lectures from Vanderbilt’s esteemed faculty, as well as from guest speakers who are subject-matter experts in social enterprise and consulting.
Description of Work
- Project team members will engage with the enterprise on a consulting project related to strategy, business development, marketing, operations, or other business needs
- Specific deliverables will include project vision and planning, data analysis (if applicable), recommendations, and impact evaluation
- Vanderbilt University graduate student from any school or discipline
- Commitment to the mission and values of the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures
- Proven leadership and ability to work with and contribute to a team • Strong communication skills
- Expertise and skills in your area of academic and professional interest
Client organizations and projects will be announced near the end of the fall semester over a Meet & Greet session, where students will have an opportunity to meet team members and clients.