Supply Chain Management Internships
This page offers an overview of our Supply Chain Management internship position. For an overview of our main program, please see www.ChangingThePresent-Join.org
We also seek interns in these fields: strategy, partnerships, finance, communications, social media, graphics, research, community management, fundraising, sponsorships, Public Relations (PR), Human Resources (HR), marketing, event management, organizing, and activism.
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Make a Difference!
- Use your skills, experience, knowledge, creativity and talent to improve the lives of millions.
- Help us help nonprofits and schools.
- Become a member of our dynamic and creative international team, and become a leader among those who care for the same causes as you do.
- Help us grow a movement.
- Work from our Manhattan office.
- Enhance your resume and get a glowing letter of recommendation.
The New York Times called us an “amazon.com of the nonprofit world” for our work in helping 400 leading nonprofits capture money normally spent on traditional presents. Now, we are working on an initiative to help them spend their money more effectively.
About Our Supply Chain Management Program and Internship
ChangingThePresent focuses on generating new funding for nonprofits (and, soon, schools). We are also interested in helping them spend money more effectively.
We are already purchasing classroom resources from several dozen vendors with discounts of 15% to 50% by simply creating “dealer” or “reseller” accounts. They drop-ship to the school or nonprofit. With greater volume, we can get even larger discounts—and we will need to automate the process.
We realize the opportunity is much larger than just spending donations that come through our site. We see an opportunity to aggregate buying power and secure significant discounts for three social impact markets:
The nonprofit sector is huge. Public charities (that is, 501(c)(3) organizations) report $1.63 trillion in total annual expenses (of course, much of this is office space, consultants, and compensation, which cannot benefit from our program). Some large nonprofits have procurement offices and the ability to negotiate discounts. However, most of the 1.1 million nonprofits do not even know the word procurement, and they do not have the volume or resources to secure discounts, so they pay retail or very close to it.
2. Schools and Districts
NCES reports that there are 135,000 K-12 schools in the United States with 56M students. Expenditures per student total about $11,000, with 8% going to supplies. That is about $50 billion per year. Some school districts have procurement offices and secure discounts, and some are part of state-wide buying consortia, and some are paying at or close to retail. We do not yet have a breakdown on that.
The 3.6 million teachers spend an average of about $1300 a year of their own money on classroom needs. That is about $4.8B a year. They pay retail or get very small discounts.
Others Addressing the Need
The largest organization providing discounts to nonprofits, schools, and agencies is a purchasing alliance with 55,000 client organizations. That is less than 5% of the nonprofits, alone. They have a very limited selection of vendors (just one vendor in each of these categories: Athletic supplies, copiers, science equipment, and education furniture).
Aggregating even a small sliver of this buying power would enable significant discounts and savings to help nonprofits and schools better accomplish their missions.
We envision an e-procurement system with punch-out to manage the transactions and process.
Roles for Interns
There are several areas of focus:
- Investigate the discounts available to (i) small nonprofits and (ii) large organizations.
- Evaluate the potential savings for organizations.
- Help us define a technical solution (e-procurement): how the system would operate and whether we license it, seek a donation of a service, or build own.
- Prepare a proposal for a foundation for philanthropic funding to launch it.
A Great Place to Work
This is a great place to work. We have had interns and volunteers from all over the United States and more than forty countries. The atmosphere is energetic, creative, and fun. We value brainstorming, initiative, sharing, and collaborating. Think of it is a laboratory, studio, seminar, or incubator. We are also casual. We are interested in your brains, creativity and heart, rather than your attire. Want to work in jeans, t-shirt and flip-flops? That’s fine with us.
Who, Where, When
- We welcome undergraduates, graduate students, OPT students, and professionals.
- Work at our office, which is very conveniently located at 7th Avenue and 33 Street, across from Penn Station in Manhattan.
- Full-time or part-time, school-year or summer, day or evening, weekday or weekend. We are glad to have your help whenever and wherever you are available.
- We provide a great opportunity to gain experience as you make a meaningful change in the world, but this is an unpaid position.
Learn More, Apply Now, and Share
Are you ready for a great experience and eager to make a difference?
Send a resume and short cover letter to: join [AT] ChangingThePresent [DOT] org.
Please let us know:
- how you can help
- what you want to focus on
- when you are available (dates, days, and hours).
For more information, please see the illustrated presentation at www.ChangingThePresent-Join.org.
Also, please spread the word about us via social media and other channels. The banners here for our various causes are just the right size for sharing on social media.