Ha. Yeah. Kinda. Let's settle on "unconventional."
You didn't get to where you are by doing what everyone else did though right? You are a thought-leader. You blaze trails and do stuff that leaves your peers choking on your dust. This program was made for smarties like you.
We are betting that a real leader will look at the historically low unemployment rate and their annual talent churn and ask themselves "how do I increase loyalty?" or "how can I win the talent war with limited resources?"
We think we have the answer.
Donating internships to Diverse.org builds your talent pipeline with eager, loyal, talented fans of your brand who would like nothing more than to have a long, storied career in your organization. By donating an internship, you'll cement your legacy through references in the stories of rising superstars who will mention you and your company as integral to their journey.
Consider donating internships through the Diverse.org program. It's simple, inexpensive and just a slight twist on something that you were probably going to do anyway: hire an intern or two.
What other companies have tried this "internship donation" strategy?
Wow. Lots. Really big, cool companies. Actually, we didn't invent the idea of donating internships to charity. The practice has been around since at least 2008.
We are guessing that you are thinking one of two things:
1. My competitors are on this list! (If so, they are beating you to the punch!)
2. My competitors are not on this list! (If so, you can beat them to the punch!)
Contact us. We will make it SUPER easy for you to donate internship experiences!
Okay, how do I donate internships to Diverse.org?
Really appreciate you thinking of us. Thanks!
We make this process super easy, here's a quick overview:
Your entity becomes a member of the Diverse.org program (no fee)
Diverse.org works with your HR department to understand the scope of your current internship program to make a joint recommendation of the type and quantity of interns that your entity could benefit from.
We ask that you donate a minimum of two (2) internships
We help you write a cool job description for the internship experience and recommend a compensation package for the intern, if your entity can afford to provide intern compensation.
We work with you to assign a Diverse.org Coordinator within your organization to act as the point-person for onboarding the intern(s).
We post one of the two internships donated to Diverse.org on the job board to aggregate resumes. We will select the best-qualified intern for your entity. (You can give as much input as you'd like in the process.)
We post the second of the two internships donated to Diverse.org on our partnersite CharityBuzz to solicit bids for our 501c3 operational accounts to continue our mission.
The two interns will start on the same day, providing a mutual exchange of value between themselves, Diverse.org and your entity.
Seriously, it takes about 3-4 hours in the aggregate to list an internship pair. Pretty cool huh?
Must we donate a minimum of two (2) internships?
No. You don't HAVE to, but it sure makes our mission easier.
As a business leader yourself, you understand the costs associated with running an effort of any magnitude. There are employees and vendors to be paid. Office space to rent and computers with loads of software to maintain.
Obviously, if you are only in a position to donate a single internship, we will accept it graciously with profuse thanks for driving diversity forward! This single internship will NOT be auctioned for operational funding, rather, it will be awarded to an applicant. Mission first, always.That said, our founders Jes & Nick aren't billionaires yet, and they sure could use a little help paying for this project.
In addition to the donation of 21,000 XBR from the bitcoinR project, as well as unapologetic begging for monetary & cryptocurrency donations, they are looking to create an economy that enables Diverse.org to self-perpetuate.
The business model of donating internship experiences in pairs to Diverse.org's program is what we hope will keep the lights on, far beyond the founders' expiration dates. ;)
What is the minimum internship period?
Traditional internships last the whole of the summer, or an 8-12 week range during the summer months. There is some inherant flexibility that is necessary due to the student's Summer Break schedule and their return to Fall Semester if the student has not yet completed their degree.
But, think outside of the box! If you can't support a full Summer internship program pair, what CAN you support?
Here are a few rad alternatives that could work well in the model:
A WINTERnship. (Haha, see what we did there? A winter-internship. Ba-dum-tss.) This usually takes place in the winter break between the end of Fall semester and the beginning of Spring semester. These typically last between 2-4 weeks and are a great way of evaluating potential Summer interns.
A "drop-in" internship. Around 43% of "full-time" undergraduate students are employed to help offset expenses and student debt according to this U.S. Department of Education study. Why not have them work for you? The average number of desired hours per week seems to be around 20.
A "virtual" internship. Tight on office space? Need help with management of Social Media or Software Engineering? Remote work is all the rage, and with excellent tools to keep distrubuted teams working in synch, this is a very valid way to get top talent in your internship pipeline without sacrificing limited office space.
A "shadowing" week. Are you a big fancy executive at a company that is a media darling? Is your product or service on the lips of families around the dinner table? Do people talk about your legendary brand in whispers during product launch time? When you put out a new model, is it instantly sold out or does it draw crowds and lines wrapped around city blocks filled with thought-leaders aching to "be first? A shadowing week is perfect for you. It's high touch, but a short time committent. Very valuable.
Have a different idea? Let us know, we can make something fun and beneficial work!
What if my intern isn't a "good fit?"
Aw nuts. Well, sometimes that happens.
Here's the deal: internships are bi-directional learning experiences. It offers an opportunity for your company to learn about and evaluate the characteristics of a pre-vetted, high-caliber, potential future employee. It gives the intern the ability to learn key career skills and understand a bit more about your company culture.
Sometimes, the vibe isn't there.
We advise both sides to "stick it out" through the committed time period if possible; though, these internships are "at-will" employment agreements that either side can terminate at any time. If an internship experience is terminated unexpectedly, Diverse.org will follow up with both parties to attempt to understand where the breakdown happened.
Part of the value of model is that we are outrageously selective when pairing interns with experiences. We do have somewhat less control over the internships that are auctioned for operational funds, but we can always retract an offer and provide a refund to the bidding would-be intern.
All potential interns must agree to being background checked by Diverse.org or the hiring entity, or both.
How else can we help?
My goodness. Some companies just aren't satisfied until they achieve superhero(ine) status!
Here are a few ideas:
In-kind travel donations: As you might imagine, there is a tremendous amount of travel required to make our model work. If you are a travel company (Hotel, Airline, Rental Car or Restaurant) that can donate credits for use toward your product, that would allow us to use more funds for programmatic expenses and office overhead.
In-kind marketing and PR donations: Google is the clear leader here, and they have donated an allocation of up to $10,000 per month in Google Ads to Diverse.org to spread the word (thank you Google!) Obviously, there are some other really important channels in Social and traditional media that could help IMMENSELY in getting the word out. Magazines, newspapers, radio, television. We are grateful for ANY opportunity to intelligently disseminate our message.
CPG companies: Wouldn't it be cool to do a collab with us? You can slap our logo and a clever phrase on a limited edition run of some of your gear. You can donate a certain percentage of the products sold to Diverse.org and keep the rest for your overhead. People love to buy items showing their outward support of socially progressive causes!
Cash & Crypto donations: We have supporter tiers whose logos go on EVERYTHING that we distribute to people. These annual contributors are the backbone of our operational fund. The numbers are HUGE for us, but fairly small for Fortune 1000 companies. We hope you'll consider talking to us about this, either Jes or Nick (or both) will buy you a super duper fancy dinner at The Harvard Club NYC if you are serious.
Misc: There are probably some great ideas that you have that we haven't thought of. Feel free to drop us a line and let us know what they are! :)