|Faculty||In collaboration with the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC), the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), and the Office of Global Initiatives|
|Program Dates||During the Spring Semester students will participate in consulting training through the ChangeTheWorld.org Nonprofit Consulting Program and Program Leader, Pammi Bhullar.
Remote Consulting Project begins February 2nd prior to travel. Consulting Kick-Off session in February, Date TBD. ChangeTheWorld.org Symposium in April, Date TBD.
Dates abroad March 14th – March 22nd
|Program Cost||Approximately $2250. Opportunity to apply for scholarships to subsidize cost.|
|Registration||Non-credit opportunity, with for-credit component if requested.|
The application process is competitive. Enrollment in the ChangeTheWorld.org Graduate International Consulting Program is not guaranteed. Students must apply to be considered in the selection process. Eligible candidates will have relevant academic, professional, and soft skills, such as: excellent interpersonal abilities and high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty that will ensure their success in an international, cross-cultural consulting setting.
To apply, students must submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and submit the following application: ChangeTheWorld.org India Application. The application and resume will be used to evaluate each student's background and career interests in order to determine which potential consultants are the best fit for the Program.
Additional follow-up interviews will be held with a subset of the applicant pool to select students.
The selection process will favor:
- Students who already have extensive cross-cultural skills and wish to apply these in a consulting experience
- Students with past experience in the specific region where the consulting will take place
- Students who can demonstrate that they are flexible, adaptable and can handle uncertainty, particularly in a cross-cultural setting
*Language skills of the host country are not required.
Four to five students will be selected. Submit your resume to email@example.com and submit the following application: ChangeTheWorld.org India Application. Application deadline is Monday, December 1st.
Description of Project
This Spring, travel to Dharamsala, India and develop recommendations to improve the overall effectiveness and capacity of Tibetan-owned businesses! In collaboration with the Office of Global Initiaitve (OGI) and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, ChangeTheWorld.org Nonprofit consulting program will send a team of graduate students consultants on-site for the first time. While in the US, Students will familiarize themselves with the partner organization, Lha Chariable Trust, create a project scope, and conduct research on Tibetan culture and entrepreneurial best practices. The team will then travel to Dharamsala and work with Tibetan small business owners to identify strengths, challenges, and new opportunities. The team will also synthesize what they learn into recommendations for Lha Charitable Trust to continue to serve these entrepreneurs. This is an excellent opportunity to gain consulting experience, serve an amazing nonprofit and explore a unique cultural environment. Applications will be accepted until December 1st and can be found here. For more information on this exciting non-credit program, email Pammi Bhullar: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team will be working on the following project:
Project Title: Increasing Capacity of Tibetan Entrepreneurial Ventures
A team of four to five graduate students will develop recommendations to improve the overall effectiveness and capacity of Tibetan-owned businesses in Dharamsala. As outlined below, part of this project will take place in the US, and part will take place on-the-ground in Dharamsala, India.
This project has three components:
- While in the U.S., the student team will meet virtually with their Lha liaison to gain a deeper understanding of Lha’s purpose, goals, and initiatives, and further define the scope of the project. Students will be assigned 3 to 4 businesses that they will engage with while in India, and will conduct research prior to departing that includes but is not limited to:
- Tibetan culture
- Entrepreneurial best practices
- Product/Service/Trade/Industry-specific market research
- Virtual Interviews with business owners/employees (if possible)
- While in India the student team will work with the businesses to identify strengths, challenges, and new opportunities. The students will consider all aspects of the business and will aim to uncover new pathways for Lha to assist these organizations in reaching their business potential.
- Based on this research and assessment the student team will offer recommendations as to how Lha can best position its current services to have the greatest impact on the community, and recommend additional support services/training that would be helpful to local business owners.
Lha Charitable Trust is a grass-roots, 12AA & 80G non-profit and one of the largest Tibetan social work organizations based in Dharamsala, India. Lha provides vital resources for Tibetan refugees, the local Indian population, and people from the Himalayan regions. Founded in 1997 and registered as a charitable trust by the H.P Indian Government in 2005, Lha has continuously provided vital resources to those in need for over 17 years.
Lha plays a crucial role in facilitating the transition of Tibetan refugees from their homeland to the Indian community by providing long-term rehabilitation and educational resources. Each year programs and projects are adjusted to meet the conditions and needs of the region, yet the commitment remains constant: to help the Tibetan people thrive and prosper in their new home and to preserve their profoundly unique culture. Additionally, Lha offers volunteers and students the opportunity to engage in meaningful community service and social work and seeks to generate an atmosphere of harmony and cooperation within the community by tending to the needs of the impoverished and underprivileged.