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Pilot Work Placement and Internship Programme 2011 - Undergraduates

Pilot Work Placement and Internship Programme 2011 - Undergraduates

Published on: Sunday, 30 January 2011

Student Enterprise and Innovation Initiatives

There are two proposed initiatives between CIT and the CIT Rubicon Incubation Centre designed for CIT undergraduate students

1. Enterprise and Innovation Work Placement Programme (March – June 2011)
2. Enterprise and Innovation Internship (June – Sept 2011)

These initiatives have the following aims:

  • To nurture and encourage the development of the student entrepreneurial mindset, enterprise and innovation skills;
  • To increase the links and awareness between Rubicon, CIT staff and students;
  • To provide CIT undergraduate students the opportunity and seed funding to develop their new business idea, product, process or service during summer 2011;
  • To encourage potential business start-ups from CIT students.

Please click here to download an application form

1. Enterprise & Innovation Work Placement Programme

(March – June 2011)

Rubicon/ILO Motivation:
• To increase the links and awareness between Rubicon and CIT staff and students;
• To nurture and encourage the development of student entrepreneurial mindset, enterprise skills, and potential business startups.

Objective:
• To fulfil student work placement requirements by providing students the opportunity to work on their own idea for a new business, product or service;
• To offer an alternative structured and aligned work placement in the curriculum, that encourages and develops undergraduates enterprise and innovation skills and experience.

Eligibility:
Open to all CIT full-time undergraduate students that have a work placement between March and June 2011.
Open to individuals and teams (max of 3 per team).

Facilities & Support Provided by Rubicon Centre:
• Office provided in Rubicon (can accommodate up to 8 people);
• Dedicated Mentor provided ½ day a week (+ some training);
• Normal work placement supervision from academic supervisor.

Application Process:
• The student will be paid to work on developing their own idea for a new business, product or service;
• The Rubicon Centre will match the student with a ‘mentor company’;
• Application forms emailed to ilo@cit.ie  by 10th January, 2011;
• Applications assessed by Rubicon and ILO to assess suitability and matching with Rubicon based ‘mentor company’;
• Applications reviewed mid-January and decisions announced in early February 2011;
• Proposed placement in Rubicon needs prior approval by academic supervisor/placement coordinator.

Paid 10 week Placement: €1,000 over the placement period (to be confirmed)

2. Enterprise and Innovation Internship Programme

(June – Sept 2011)

Objective:
• To provide CIT undergraduate students the opportunity to develop their own business idea, new product, process or service during summer 2011;
• To nurture and encourage the development of student entrepreneurial mindset, enterprise skills, and potential business startups.

Eligibility:
The internship is not directly linked to the innovation & enterprise work placement. The Internship is open to all CIT full-time under-graduate students from any year of any full-time course (including those that have completed the innovation & enterprise work placement).

Facilities & Support Provided by Rubicon / ILO Centre:
• Office provided in Rubicon (can accommodate up to 8 people);
• Dedicated trainer/facilitator provided ½ day per week (+ some training);
• Access to a ‘business mentor’ in the Rubicon.

Application Process:
• Undergraduate student or student group submit a Business Plan to ilo@cit.ie (presentation may also be required) by 5pm Friday, 29th April, 2011;
• Business plan outlines the development of a new business, product, process or service;
• Application can be from an individual, an individual representing a team, or in teams of 2 or 3 (maximum of 3 per team, total of 8 people on Internship);
• Business Plans reviewed and successful applicants informed by mid-May 2011.

Seed Funding:
• To date, Seed Funding made available from Schools of Engineering and Business;
• Maximum of €5,000 per project (covers wages and directly associated costs e.g. feasibility study, materials, equipment).

12 weeks in duration

 


 

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