Need some additional ideas or support? Check out our curated lists below!
Coming Up with Good Project Ideas Specifically for Students
- From Gitlab:
Leaders should be careful to not offload their own energy vampires on remote interns, but rather select complete projects that an intern can start and finish in a few months.
Too, it's important to select projects which are important or notable to a large group. This ensures that many people in the organization are invested in the intern's success, and it widens the scope of available mentors who are knowledgeable about the project and can step in and help across time zones.
If possible, avoid time critical work. Great intern projects tend to be items which are largely seen as "nice to haves" by full-time staff. These are projects that everyone recognizes would benefit the organization, but do not rise to the level of priority necessary to demand senior staff attention.
- Yale has created a Learning Plan that can be used as a template for identify specific tasks and goals to ensure an effective internship, which could be adapted for thinking about good student projects.
- Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions, What to do about internships in light of the COVID-19 pandemic? A short guide to online internships for college, students, and employers
Coming Up with Remote, Virtual Capcity-Building Projects
- SeaChange, Tough Times Call for Tough Action: A Decision Framework for Nonprofit Leaders & Boards
- GivePulse Blog, “This is a Time of Relationships”: Strengthening Community in Uncertain Times
- Community Engagement Opportunities Form (Bonner): This form has some great ideas for specific capacity-building projects that students could help with. Though not designed particularly for remote work, much of it can be done so.
- Expanded list of capacity-building work (Bonner): Here are more ideas for capacity-building projects. Areas include event management (probably not helpful right now), fundraising, marketing & communications, program & curriculum development, research, technology, and volunteer management system.
- Examples of other projects can be found at https://www.catchafire.org/volunteer/
Connecting to Courses
Community Engagement and Remote Teaching: Reflections and Resources:Though directed at faculty, this short article provided by Cara DiEnno (DU’s CCESL) has some information on re-thinking engagement in a remote environment that could be useful to you as non-profit supervisors.
Resources for Specific Types of Projects
The following content has been adapted from the Non-Profit Consulting Corps Training Guide created by Chelsea Naylor at DePauw University - a member of the Bonner Network.
Non-Profit Consulting Overview
Social Media/Communication Resources
General Communication Resources
Volunteer Recruitment & Management
Community Engaged Research:
- Watch these videos on fundraising: