The Caravan Studios Internship Program offers students a combination of practical real world experience, formal and informal mentoring activities, and opportunities to develop networking and community-building skills. Although our internships are unpaid, we offer a unique and well-rounded internship experience that provides excellent hands-on experience in a supportive and dynamic nonprofit environment, as well as an introduction to future employment and career opportunities.
About Caravan Studios
Caravan Studios is a division of TechSoup, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in San Francisco, CA. We build apps that help communities organize, access, and apply local resources to their most pressing problems. Our design thinking methodology includes community input throughout, ensuring that the developed applications meet the needs of the community.
This internship is geared for individuals who are interested in developing and expanding their knowledge in research and planning for the social good. Interns will be introduced to our design methodology which includes community input throughout the design and development process. Our use of community centered design methodology ensures that the tools we build will best meet the specific needs of the community served.
The intern’s work will focus on identifying geographic and political regions where Caravan Studios tools and resources can be best utilized. This work will be done using a “Community Discovery” process. That process includes analyzing and researching the community (at the individual level) and identifying their needs and demands. Following that analysis we explore and research the community (at the organizational level, i.e. NGOs, educational institutions, public and private organizations, etc.) to identify existing programs and services. The end result of this will be a Community Discovery landscape.
The Community Discovery landscape is a key document for the use and distribution of our apps, programs and services as they identify the types of programs, resources and services to implement. It will also inform the development of new and/or existing programs and service that are in demand among community members.
All interns must be enrolled in a college class or program as a Senior, or Graduate student; should have an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B or better); and must receive academic credit for the internship. We will only select students who can earn course credit at the college level or above.
Research topics that inform and strengthen team assumptions regarding apps and their use and application in the identified community. As part of that work students would be asked to:
Planning work will focus on the recruitment, communication and support of the communities who will be utilizing our tools and services. Work can include:
Skill and Experience Needed
Caravan Studios Director of Educational Program and Chief Executive Officer
Please submit all materials here (cover letter, resume, and writing samples) to Mary Duffy, Director of Educational Programs, Caravan Studios.