Fellows attend group coaching workshops with locally sourced professional executive-level coaches and/or Emzingo|U staff. These coaching sessions help the fellows develop an action plan to determine their post-graduation career goals and aspirations.
Project teams are partnered with a mentor from a leading for-profit enterprise or management consulting firm. The mentors help guide the design and development of key deliverables and provide fellows with an introduction to consulting frameworks and access to local knowledge and experience.
Students engage in multiple reflection sessions to deepen their experiences and key lessons learned during the fellowship. Each participant is provided with a notebook and encouraged to journal their daily experiences.
Starting with an orientation week, designed by Emzingo|U to provide them with new tools and frameworks and a better knowledge of their environment, fellows will also attend workshops and seminars during the duration of the program. Some examples of these sessions include design thinking and social innovation workshops, responsible leadership, impact investing, or cultural intelligence. They will also engage in country-specific sessions to help them understand the social, cultural, historical and economic realities of their host countries.
Social impact projects and internships: Students are placed in teams of 2-3 to assist an NGO or social enterprise in a strategic challenge for 8 weeks. The internships consist of completing high-level strategy, research, or implementation projects to help the organizations achieve their objectives. Sample projects have included:
Implementation and Support for Educational NGO Tutoring Program: Fellows worked with local tutors from an educational NGO in the townships to co-run after school tutoring program with existing tutors. During off tutoring hours, fellows facilitated capacity building workshops for staff on various topics where there were existing capacity gaps. Examples included: Excel tutorials, PowerPoint tutorials, job interview tutorials or subject matter tutorials.
Creating a recruitment program for a national NGO: Fellows assisted with the design and implementation of a youth training and job placement program for career centers in townships for a leading NGO. Fellows worked with recruitment and training staff to develop/refine selection criteria, and support centers in carrying out youth outreach recruitment processes at their centers in Diepsloot, Orange Farm and Alexandra, in South Africa.
Price of Program
The Virtual Impact Program is $1200 per student for the 3 weeks duration of the program. Emzingo|U offers a small scholarship to students who are not sponsored by their universities. Please note, the price for optional travel next year is not included and is TBD.