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Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators (DISI) First Meeting is on Wednesday! Come Join Us!!

Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators (DISI) seeks to help social organizations better achieve their missions by forming interdisciplinary problem-solving groups across the professional schools at Duke. As the world becomes more integrated and problems become more complex, many of us hope to use our Duke education to become interdisciplinary professionals. DISI will help students gain a wide breadth of skill sets and have practical experiences working on projects for social organizations. All our solutions will focus on integrating business principles, technological innovation, and effective policy. DISI will also provide the opportunity to network with other students on campus, and will serve as a forum to discuss complex social problems and learn skills from other disciplines.

We will have our first meeting on Wednesday, March 27 at Sanford 03 from 12-1. Our guest speaker will be Professor Nick Carnes, Founder of the Scholar Strategy Network, who lead a discussion about how to work on social problems as an interdisciplinary professional.

During the meeting, learn about the many exciting opportunities to get involved with DISI:

· Outreach to social organizations

· Skill-sharing seminars (learning skills and sharing ideas across the schools)

· Case studies on pressing world problems

· Social events and collaborations with other groups on campus focused on social enterprise and innovation

Pizza will be served. Please contact Danny Heller ( or Jennifer Shen ( if you have further questions. We are very excited to meet you all!

Bravo Sanford Entrepreneurs in Picture!

In March, five MIDP fellows presented their social business idea in the Hult Prize Competition, Boston. They shared their innovative strategies with more than 40 teams from all over the world. Congratulations to Silvia, Ana, Aung, Hrachya, and Pankhuri!

The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. Each year, a pressing social challenge is selected and becomes the theme for the respective cycle. This year the social challenge is: food insecurity in urban slums.

Mission Measurement Summer Internship

Mission Measurement is reaching out to SEPI to recruit their summer interns. See the position description below.

Company Background

Mission Measurement is a for-profit strategy consulting firm that works with some of the most innovative companies and social sector organizations, all of whom are focused on creating real social impact. The end results of our work – more lives improved, more effective organizations, higher return on social investment – are incredibly rewarding.

Mission Measurement is committed to driving greater social impact through performance measurement and data-driven strategy. While representative of diverse backgrounds and experience levels, the team is uniformly committed to improving society through social change and serving its clients while remaining rooted in our core values. To meet these ends, we draw talent from the top management consulting firms and other leading organizations.

Position Description

Mission Measurement seeks a graduate Research Associate Intern to support a variety of client engagements and research initiatives. The Research Associate Intern will provide project support on a variety of client engagements through responsibilities such as research and data collection tool design, as well as supporting the firm’s thought capital development with longer-term research projects.

This is a great opportunity for a graduate student interested in the fields of strategy consulting, social enterprise, international development, or measurement and evaluation to gain exposure to entrepreneurial business practices and to participate in cutting edge research in the performance measurement and social impact space.

This is a full-time paid position for the summer, beginning in May 2013. The intern will be working out of our Washington, DC office.


Candidates for the position should be passionate about generating a positive social impact by applying a business-minded approach to the social sector, as well as the following:

- Current graduate student

- Demonstrated exceptional research, writing, and data analysis skills

- Demonstrate project management skills

- Experience with or interest in the social sector

- Experience with or interest in strategy consulting

- Highly developed professional communication skills

- Comfort working in an entrepreneurial environment

- Highly proficient in Microsoft Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)

To apply please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter to

Sophie Walker at by March 29th, 2013.

Seminar: Nonprofit Accounting "The 13th Class Session"

Tuesday, April 16th

4:00 - 6:00pm

Fuqua Rand Classroom

Thanks to Bill Mayew, Dr. V and others distinguished faculty members, you've got a good grasp of the accounting basics. But, can you apply the skills you've gained at Fuqua in a nonprofit setting? Senior Associate Dean for Programs, and distinguished accounting professor, Jennifer Francis will teach the "13th class session for core accounting." This seminar will help students apply material learned in the core accounting course to nonprofit organizations. This session will be useful to FYs and SYs pursuing careers in the social sector or students who will one day serve as board members or advisers to nonprofit organizations. Register on campus groups! Registrants will receive more detailed information about the session and be informed of any recommended reading material prior to the seminar.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for and leverage the skills of our members through leadership, education, and experience in social entrepreneurship and policy within the Duke community.