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We offer three distinct programs to connect you with the community and their meaningful problems to help you get hands on experience, get contacts and often get paid. A win, win, win.
This program is offered during the academic year. Current students and recent graduates from a wide range of academic disciplines work together on teams 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). Expert faculty advisors provide knowledge and input to ensure work produced is consistent with best practices and the latest research. Professional project managers coordinate work and provide professional mentorship and coaching to team members. Teams leverage collaboration, divergent thinking, system thinking, and qualitative and quantitative analysis to turn ideas into action, creating new value for clients, building professional networks and developing key professional experience that will sustain impact well after the project concludes. Workloads average about 10 hours per week per team member; civilian students receive a grant alongside their participation (Cadets not eligible for pay).
RESEARCH & EXECUTION FELLOWSHIP:
This full-time program supports recent graduates advancing priority work for area partner organizations. Over the course of the 12-month paid fellowship period, Fellows will complete 3-9 tactical and strategic projects, often working alongside company and community leaders. They’re supported with work review, coaching, mentorship and other support from the full Quad 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.
QUAD SUMMER INTENSIVE:
Linked with Innovation Consulting projects, this program offers students and recent graduates an opportunity to learn how to turn ideas into action, build professional networks, and gain new experience while solving pressing community problems for area partners. This action-oriented, one-month, full-time experience offers the opportunity to dive deeply into a business or community problem, leverage human centered design and create tangible results that move the community forward while setting participants up for rapid professional accomplishment and leadership positions after graduation.
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