ESC/DGI Intern Program

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Request for Proposals

Description

The Center for Engineering Concepts Development (CECD) and the Do Good Institute have teamed up to provide up to $2,000 and targeted coaching to teams of students who are developing promising, innovative approaches to apply engineering to advance social change. While all student teams must be comprised of 50% engineering students, multidisciplinary teams from any discipline on campus are encouraged but not required. Teams must identify and select a faculty mentor from the School of Engineering.

Selected teams will receive:

  • Up to $1,000 of funding to jumpstart the development of their concept or venture
  • An additional $1,000 in a second stage of funding to further develop promising projects
  • Technical guidance from Engineering faculty and experts affiliated with the Engineering for Social Change program
  • Targeted coaching from the Do Good Institute on scaling your concept, identifying prospective partners and funders, and maximizing impact

You are a great fit for this opportunity if you:

  • Want to apply your engineering skills to address social issues and are committed to creating social impact
  • Are excited about social innovation and the necessary tools to advance social change
  • Want funding and coaching to help you innovate and engineer solutions to a social issue that you are passionate about

Eligibility

All University of Maryland undergraduate students are eligible to apply for funding and coaching.  All applicants are required to apply as a team of two students or more and at least 50% of the team must be currently enrolled undergraduate Engineering majors.

Criteria

Proposals will be selected based on the strength of the application.  Specifically, the applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of the Issue – What is the social issue you are addressing and how well do you understand it? How does technology play a significant role?
  • Knowledge of the Field – What other products, inventions or programs exist to address this issue? What makes your project innovative?
  • Impact – How much impact will your project have? How do you measure this impact and how have you arrived at your estimated impact?

How to Apply

> Complete online application here.

Timeline

Applications Open – February 1, 2018. Applicants notified of outcome within two weeks.

Prize

All successful teams may apply for the periodic Neilom Prize of $5,000, provided by the Neilom Foundation. The prize will be awarded during the annual Engineering for Social Change celebrations beginning in December 2018.