Intern – PR Intern / Mentorship (Consumer Products, Durham NC)- Feline Innovations

Intern – PR Intern / Mentorship (Consumer Products, Durham NC)- Feline Innovations

Feline Innovations is a pet products company founded in 2015. They are currently offering a unique intern + mentorship program for undergraduates interested in entrepreneurship and consumer products. The intern will aid in day-to-day PR and media relations at Feline Innovations – while undergoing an immersive mentorship program in launching and building consumer products businesses. This is an unpaid internship, and will be structured as a dual intern / mentorship program.


Applicants should be available 2 hrs per day and available to meet at office in downtown Durham or on Duke campus. Program will be structured as a combined co-op / consumer products primer, and will begin in March 2017. Goal will be to provide applicants with the knowledge and skill sets to build new consumer products companies in the future – while aiding in day-to-day activities of the current business. Applicants should respond with resume, availability, and description of interest to:



[Social Innovation]: Nonprofits/civic tech orgs - apply to Y Combinator

March 24: Y Combinator Deadline (Nonprofits/Civic Tech Startups Welcome)


The famous tech incubator Y Combinator is now seeking applications from nonprofits and civic tech startups for their summer accelerator program.  They are looking specifically for organizations addressing issues around News, Democracy, and the Future of Work.  Join a community that includes the ACLU and Airbnb.


Applications are rolling - March 24 at 8 pm is the deadline.



Request for Startups: News, Jobs, and Democracy

If you’re working on a startup or non-profit that addresses any of the challenges discussed below, we’d love to see you apply.

News: We’re facing two major issues with news. The first is fake news. The business model for online media rewards the people who get the greatest number of page views, clicks and likes. That results in a system that prizes virality over truth. There are economic incentives for people to post whatever is the most shareable, and now it’s so easy to spin up a fake news site that even teenagers in Eastern Europe are making a living doing it. Building tools for fact-checking and helping people decipher fact from fiction will become increasingly important to keep the electorate informed.

Second is the issue of protecting the freedom of the press. We need an unbiased, independent press to hold people in power accountable. Press also has the responsibility to use its voice and influence to protect those without money and power. We’re looking to fund tools that can help protect and defend journalists and their sources, or new revenue tools that can bolster and sustain independent media organizations.

Future of Work: Jobs will look very different 25 years from now. We’ve already seen a massive shift toward automation, and the pace of technology’s impact on work isn’t slowing down. A study by the World Economic Forum estimates that in the next five years, 5 million jobs in 15 economies will be lost. We’re interested in what comes next. People seek full-time jobs for many reasons, including money, healthcare, and a sense of purpose. We’d love to see solutions that address each of these factors (or any others) in anticipation of a changing job market.

Improving Democracy: There are thousands of ways technology can be applied to improve democracy. For democracy to function effectively, more of us need to be engaged and empowered. We’d like to see startups and non-profits who are using technology to make it easier and more appealing to get involved in the political process, and for that involvement to make an impact. We want technology that makes it easy to understand how new laws and programs impact you and your city’s budget, programs that teach young people and people from underrepresented groups how to run for office, and communication tools that make it easier for citizens to be heard by their representatives. In Summer 2016 we donated to whose mission is to increase voter registration, and we think there’s more space for organizations solving voting problems too. We’d like to see tools that address problems in the voting process, such as voter suppression and gerrymandering, to name a couple of examples. Tech may be able to make a direct impact by measuring how people’s votes have been diluted, showing how representatives are less responsive to their constituents and empowering citizens to do something about it.

We review applications on a rolling basis. Apply here now.

Internship Opportunities




Autodesk Foundation Summer 2017 Internships
The Autodesk Foundation supports the people and organizations using design for positive social and environmental impact. The Autodesk Foundation summer internship program runs for ten weeks from June - August 2017. Internship opportunities include: Value Added ServicesImpact AssessmentImpact InvestmentSustainability & Foundation Portfolio InvestmentManufacturing Impact ResearcherData Diving to Understand Customers Inside and OutOperational Efficiencies Across Customer Lifecycle. Open to everyone, interviews start in January and continue to on a rolling basis through March. Early submissions are prioritized.

Caravan Studios Apps for Social Change Internships
Caravan Studios builds apps for social good that help communities organize, access, and apply local resources to their most pressing problems. It is offering internships in the areas of Product Development, Research and Planning, Communications, and Program Development. Open to everyone, learn more and apply here.

UC Berkeley IPIRA Social Media Intern
The UC Berkeley Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances is looking for a social media intern to highlight the work of UC entrepreneurs. The position will require curating and posting relevant UC Entrepreneur success and news stories to a systemwide Twitter page, and developing a network on LinkedIn of UC Entrepreneurs. The intern should be available 10-15 hours/week, and may have to travel to Oakland, on occasion. The position will pay $20/hr. Open to UC Berkeley work study students. Email Akash Bakshi if interested.


[Social Innovation]: J.M.K Innovation Prize

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize 


Today, The J.M. Kaplan Fund, a New York-based family foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 edition of The J.M.K. Innovation Prize. As in 2015, the Prize's inaugural year, up to ten Prizes will be awarded in 2017 to support early stage ideas addressing our country's most pressing social and environmental issues.


Prize recipients will each receive up to three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 "bank" of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses, making a total award of $175,000. Specifically, the Prize seeks to support social innovation in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation and social justice.  

View the one-pager about the 2017 Prize.

Meet our 2015 awardees.

Apply now! 

Please help us to spread the word by sharing this announcement with fitting organizations and your broader network. In 2015, we received 1,138 applications from 45 of 50 states. With your assistance, we hope to again attract high quality applications from exceptional idealists from across the country.


The application deadline is April 28, 2017. Please visit or email for additional information.



Katherine Black

Program Coordinator, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E) | @dukesocent


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[Social Innovation]: Internship Opportunity with Ashoka SFS

Summer 2017 Deep-Dive Masters, Ashoka SFS Internship Program

Apply for the first round by December 16th


[Position Description attached]


The Opportunity


Ashoka Social Financial Services (SFS) believes that markets can be a powerful tool to improve the

quality and character of people’s lives. For almost a decade, Ashoka SFS has searched for and

identified leading social entrepreneurs with systems-changing new ideas that use the market to create

social impact. A sub-set of these social entrepreneurs is showing us something new: we can achieve

greater impact by shifting the market itself to align financial success with social impact. These

innovations change what it takes to win, and have the potential to shape large-scale patterns of

market activity to benefit everyone.


The Ashoka SFS team has embarked on a collaborative effort to understand and share with others

what we believe is a new way of thinking about and designing how our markets work.

In Summer 2016, we launched the inaugural Ashoka SFS Summer Associate internship program and

welcomed the first cohort of Deep-Dive Associates. With this team of 6 outstanding Associates, we

investigated over 180 Ashoka Fellows to identify innovations that are changing the architecture of our

markets. This work resulted in case studies that dive deep into 18 market-based innovations to show

how they each create social impact in different areas of need – such as education, efficient energy

markets, affordable housing, and financial inclusion. We are expanding this rigorous program to

strengthen and maximize our team-of-teams at Ashoka SFS and reach higher levels of impact.

We are currently looking for creative and forward-thinking leaders to join our team as Deep-Dive

Masters and help us co-lead the next class of Deep-Dive Associates for 10 weeks in Summer 2017

(June 12 – August 18).


How to Apply


Please send a Resume and Cover Letter to Jennifer Vogt, Innovation Manager at

Submit general information about yourself using this link

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We urge students to apply as soon as possible given

the high volume of applications received. Please note that only complete applications – Resume and

Cover Letter – will be considered.


We are currently accepting applications for the First Round of review for the summer leadership

positions with Ashoka Social Financial Services. The deadline for consideration for this round

is Friday, December 16th.


Please note that each "round" represents a distinct period in which students may apply, not a

succession of steps for your application. For this position, Students may apply in one round only.


Questions? Contact Jennifer A. Vogt, PhD

Innovation Manager, Social Financial Services 

Public Fellow, Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies

Ashoka Innovators for the Public 703.600.8328

@AshokaSFS |