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Peter Vo

Unemployed - building a sequential/mechanical trading system,

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Give^2 - Interns giving back to their community

I went on a hike with a business owner that described her difficulties in finding temporary positions for interns. She stated that a request was made almost every day from different applicants, and the majority of her customers were based on referrals. I asked, "is there a way to increase the demand of referrals to your firm by using the supply of interns?" Just an idea, cause I love making up Ideas. Its called Give ^ 2 (Give Squared).

Basically, you have a group of interns that can do free work or conduct other services at non-profits. In return, the non-profits can sponsor your firm in campaigns and events. Thus, a gift is given twice - one to the intern, and one to the non-profit. The sponsorship can give the non-profit & community an inside/outside scoop of work performance, and your values.

These non-profits also support and consist of many individuals from every economic class and background. For example, when my mother and I went to a non-profit in Seattle. I was looking down the leadership hierarchy list - it included their name and background. Many of these individuals work primary jobs in small/large firms (Philips Healthcare, Microsoft, Adobe, Starbucks, and local businesses); thus, tapping into a pool that consist of many different businesses, and starting a network from one point of entry.

This plan gives many businesses an incentive, but it also helps non-profits elevate their costs focusing on their true goal - help/inspire/motivate the community.

I also offered to help the business owner implement the mechanics of this plan, but currently she is going through her own conflicts.


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    Aug 12 2012: One obstacle in finding places for interns is that nonprofits and other organizations in lean economic times stretch their personnel far as they struggle to pursue their primary service objectives. The personnel, then, do not have time to supervise and train interns. They may be making a reasonable calculation of how best to pursue their missions, taking on only as many interns as they can afford to support at a time.
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      Aug 12 2012: Maybe setup a self sustainable online training course/guide that helps the intern perform entrepreneurial tasks at these non-profits, which allows the firm to reach their objectives with minimal oversight?

      Thanks Fritzie, your giving me more questions to ponder!
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        Aug 12 2012: Online training materials are common these days, as are long one-shot trainings in person. Neither replaces supervision, unless the work is very low-skilled with little downside risk, like greeting visitors to a folk festival.
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          Aug 12 2012: Would you say the same thing for Khan Academy or detailed tutorials located on YouTube? For example, I've completed a whole transmission swap off of online videos and found them intimately comparable to actual lectures and real-life guides. Your absolutely correct though - I do see a huge risk without proper supervision.

          What if you have one reliable entrepreneurial intern/temp to supervise this plan? You teach him/her all areas of company processes required to make the plan run successfully. That person in turn coordinates and manages the groups of interns for non-profits.

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