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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 13 2012: "Oh, I did just get a neat idea. What if there was some kind of cool program, where different interns from different fields (businessman, artist, industrial engineer, manager, etc.) were to be put together in a team and were tasked to create a project under some kind of deadline? And if they create a successful project, they can reap the benefits. The incentive for students would be: real-world experience, communication/working with others, chance to earn money, building networks and gaining life-time relationships with peers."

    Your speaking my language!! :-)

    What if many groups in same structure compete against each other for the same deadline? Will this give the non-profits a higher quality product at the same time allowing students to learn the dynamics of competition among businesses?

    It seems like you have great ideas yourself! =D

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