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Three distinct programs connect students and recent grads with meaningful, community-based work. All positions develop hands-on, professional experience and build sincere professional networks. And they offer pay – a win, win, win!
During the academic year interdisciplinary teams of current students and recent graduates work together to advance scope-based work for area partner agencies. Typically, teams work directly with the leadership of project partners (CEOs, Executive Directors, Program Managers or similar). Teams are advised by expert faculty and supported by professional staff who oversee progress and coordinate support. Teams leverage collaboration, divergent thinking, system thinking, and qualitative and quantitative analysis to turn ideas into action. Teams usually have 4-8 members selected through an application process. Workload averages about 10 hours per week per team member.
This opportunity supports recent graduates advancing priority work for area partner organizations. Fellows are full-time Quad employees, responsible for between 3 and 9 different projects during their 12 month fellowship period. Projects range from tactical to strategic and typically live in the offices of community and business leadership. Fellows are supported with work review, professional development coaching, and other resources from professional staff. Fellows must be graduates of one of the Quad partner schools and within 3 years of their graduation date. Fellows leave the program with a portfolio of completed projects and a professional network of doers, leaders and movers – a huge jumpstart to a rewarding career.
For four weeks over the summer, teams of interdisciplinary students and recent graduates learn how to turn ideas into action by advancing scope-based projects for community and business partners. Projects are often linked with Innovation Consulting teams to continue work into the academic year and deepen impact. Participants are selected through an application process and expected to be in the room with their team full time during the program (M-F, 9a-5p). By diving deeply into their projects, teams gain new exposure to opportunity in Colorado Springs, leverage human-centered design to create tangible results, and move the community forward.
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