Emotional intelligence edTech startup internship (multiple positions)

| Chicago
Send INFORMAL email to: [email protected]; approximately 2-3 sentences in length per question, though you may choose to do a general narrative covering all items.

Your interest in emotional intelligence, education, and/or education technology
Your desire and ability to work in a startup environment
Your ability to work in an autonomous virtual teams with high levels of ambiguity and your proactive communication skills
Your general availability/duration
Your ideal position level (member, intern, summer intern, volunteer), working group... skills you would like to grow...
You may provide your resume, portfolio, and/ or linkedin profile to facilitate process
Apply now

In just 12 years, by 2030, 50% of school-aged children will be failing or not enrolled in schools.  Education is the biggest human rights / civil rights issue of this generation.  We are optimizing learning for the individual by focusing on a child’s emotional intelligence through technology that increases all levels of learning.

Overview                                                                                                                                                           

  • STRUT is a realitively NEW (August 2018) high growth, technology based, social venture optimizing individualized learning through emotional intelligence.  STRUT’s tools support learning theory to shorten learning time, increase knowledge retention (and thus increase test scores and grades), increase engagement, and increase satisfaction in measurable fashion.
  • Part time/ full time internships will focus on academic, technology, curricula, and research as well as UX/UI, marketing, social media, and fundraising development.  While the projects are rooted in research, it will involve strategy, innovation, operational consistency and the ability to work in autonomous teams.  
  • For immediate start; Dates are negotiable throughout the year. 

How to Apply

  • Send INFORMAL email to: [email protected]; approximately 2-3 sentences in length per question (short answer) or a narrative that address each of the questions within.
    • Your interest in emotional intelligence, education, and/or education technology
    • Your desire and ability to work in a startup environment
    • Your ability to work in an autonomous virtual teams with high levels of ambiguity and your proactive communication skills
    • Your general availability/duration
    • Your ideal position level (member, part time intern (10-15 hrs/ week), full time intern (20-32 hrs/ week), volunteer), working group... skills you would like to grow...
    • You may provide your resume, portfolio, and/ or linkedin profile to facilitate process

Internship Features

High-Impact Work Experience

  • Want to help change the landscape of education and education technology?  Our goal is to not only develop technology for learners but to develop strategies and technologies for the entire sector. 
  • Want to get on the bottom floor of a new social cause startup?  Create societal good with measurable impact while exponentially growing market valuation.  Join a startup team with a founder whose previous 2 startups received series B ($15M) and series A ($2M) level of funding commitment in less than 1 year each.  The goal is to prove the model and raise $2.5M in less than 1 year.
  • Join a founding team of 12 equity members that is rapidly growing.  In his 2 previous startups, all staff members were cultivated and recruited from volunteer/ intern positions.

Leadership Development

  • STRUT wants leaders who follow, not followers or leaders who do not follow.  We cultivate a culture of autonomy, growth mindedness, individual and group empowerment, and fun.
  • Members must be able to use (or learn to use quickly) relevant technology:  project management, knowledge management, and communication tools.  They must be able to identify obstacles and seek and recommend solutions.  Must be disciplined, goal-focused individuals who can assess situations and make on-the-spot decisions that affect multiple aspects of the organization.
  • You must want to work in an organization that is fueled by passion, led by strong, experienced, leaders, but with the flair of a startup.  Suits and ties need not apply.  Only those who are willing to do anything it takes to succeed are welcomed.  It is not about titles or badges.

Career Support

  • STRUT welcomes interns who want to stay with the organization after the internship, as opportunities available.  As we grow, STRUT hopes to offer plenty of potential opportunities.  STRUT strives for a model of 2/3 promotion from within, and 1/3 from outside.  All previous startup staff were volunteers, interns, or contractors first.  

Qualifications

  • Must have at least 2 years of professional work experience or equivalent (e.g. research, internships)  
  • Takes ownership of projects and delivers in advance of deadlines
  • Has a track record of success in academic and professional settings
  • Displays exceptional interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills (proactive communication)
  • Has a passion for social change, learning, education, technology and/ or startups
  • Is skilled (or wishes to be) in Foosball, Pacman Smash air hockey, and/or Pop-a-Shot (for when we get an office)

About the Organization

STRUT is a NEW high growth, technology based, social venture optimizing individualized learning through emotional intelligence.  STRUT’s tools support learning theory to shorten learning time, increase knowledge retention (and thus increase test scores and grades), increase engagement, and increase satisfaction in measurable fashion.  Currently most edTech optimizes or adapts content. Instead, we will optimize the overall experience for the learner, not just the content, in a simple clear manner.   We plan to make technologies that optimize individual learning for schools and the education technology marketplace (B2B).  Ever present is the end in mind: changing learning and exiting.  We are working with psychologists, education academics, startup, technology, social emotional learning, and educators.  Our advisers include professors, researchers, edTech judges, and startup funders.

Snapshot Status

  • Strong membership team (academic thought leadership, edtech development, curricula development, marketing, operations, and sales) (a very gender, ethnic, and experiencetially diverse team)
  • Pioneering the SEL + tech academic space (2 conference paper accepted, currently in process: a primary mixed research study: non-experimental correlational, phenomenological, and case study on SEL. technology, and EQ technology)
  • edTech modeling complete, wireframe complete, focusing on finalizing UX/UI and prototyping, and then off to development/coding team while modeling group focuses on: HCI, technology learning theories, IDT, UX/UI, advanced prototyping, and fine-tuning adaptations
  • curricula modeling alpha set of lessons (academic, standards, and integrated fashion) with 16 lessons complete
  • developed framework for SEL diagnostic assessments; working to model.
  • marketing rebrand (logo, brand template, website, collateral) get ready to launch in visible manner
  • Initial FF round end, developing angel and series-A proposals
  • Moved into education co-working space (March 2019) with cowork space, conference rooms, and free coffee!
  • Board and Advisory board activated; developing principal and education commission 
  • First product, an academic-based, EQ assessment, released in January 2020. 
  • Second product, Social Studies/ SEL curricula + EQ technology, to be released at end of 2020. 
     

We are seeking 1 member(s), 3 summer intern(s) (2020), 2 project/ year-round intern(s), and 1 volunteer.  [PLEASE NOTE, For project and year-round internships it is a rolling application. For our summer internship program, in its 2nd year, we will make first round selections by February and our second round of selections by May.  For the summer program we receive an incredible amount of applicants and it is quite competitive.  We will onboard 4-5 summer interns. Applying early increases your chances.  We are all truly inspired by your interest, alignment, and professional caliber. (01/14/20)

Some possible roles: 

Admin Manager:            Do you drive your roommates crazy organizing everything?  Drive us crazy instead!  Start-ups by nature tend to be disorderly, because moving forward means scrambling in ten directions at once.  We need someone to keep things just this side of complete chaos.  Make others do your bidding!

Wordsmith/ (Grant/ Marketing) Writer:        Want to help change the world through words?  While talk can be cheap, the right words can create lasting impact.  Use your creative yet logical wordsmithing super-skills to pitch our technologies and projects in grants and contracts.  Let's raise some funds and get off the Ramen! (though it tastes so good!).  Did I mention commission? 

Technology  Product Manager:        Want to build without getting your hands dirty?  (and without gloves).  Work with a tech dev shop and help lead the strategy, architecture, and management of our main product.  You hold the keys to our secret sauces: ketchup, teriyaki, Korean bbq…  Lets build the MVP, prove its impact in schools, and solve the problems of education. 

UX/UI/ Graphic Design:        Want the most amount of flexibility even within a startup?  Like to work independently at any hour?  Help turn our vision into images, graphics, and photos that evoke engagement and action.  Translate our thoughts and words into action.  From designing tshirts, stickers, to community engagement graphics flyers.  Help tell our story.  

Account/ Relationship Manager:        Enjoy meeting new people more than being by yourself?  Are you constantly following up with family, friend, and contacts?  Enjoy the idea of pitching a vision, products that can change the world, more than a widget?  If you think you can talk, then help us grow our network of community and buisness partnerships, so others have an opporunity to create change with us.  Help tell our story and build friends.  

Research Assistant: White lab coats on. Nearly all of our concepts will be supported by research. However, since we are pushing new technology, we will also be creating research. Enjoying detective work and being critical? Want to write academic justifications and create new research? We will do real-world studies and publish. If you look up “social emotional learning,” “elementary,” and “technology” there are limited relevant articles. You should have excellent command of research metrics from both this millennium and the previous one.

Other possibilities include team development (leadership), crowdfunding, social media, and videographer; as well as a successful technology based entrepreneur (who has exited) to join our 10 member advisory board. 

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Send INFORMAL email to: [email protected]; approximately 2-3 sentences in length per question, though you may choose to do a general narrative covering all items.

Your interest in emotional intelligence, education, and/or education technology
Your desire and ability to work in a startup environment
Your ability to work in an autonomous virtual teams with high levels of ambiguity and your proactive communication skills
Your general availability/duration
Your ideal position level (member, intern, summer intern, volunteer), working group... skills you would like to grow...
You may provide your resume, portfolio, and/ or linkedin profile to facilitate process
Apply now
Send INFORMAL email to: [email protected]; approximately 2-3 sentences in length per question, though you may choose to do a general narrative covering all items.

Your interest in emotional intelligence, education, and/or education technology
Your desire and ability to work in a startup environment
Your ability to work in an autonomous virtual teams with high levels of ambiguity and your proactive communication skills
Your general availability/duration
Your ideal position level (member, intern, summer intern, volunteer), working group... skills you would like to grow...
You may provide your resume, portfolio, and/ or linkedin profile to facilitate process
Apply now
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