Student Researcher

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Bronx Innovation Factory

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Bronx, NY

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Bronx Innovation Factory
Call for Student Researchers
Commonwise Education and the MIT Community Innovators Lab are looking for 3 to 5
student interns to develop a feasibility study and implementation plan for the 
Bronx Innovation Factory.
Students will work collaboratively as a team over 10 weeks during summer 2018 to
research and create a
final report, which will be released in the fall.
The Bronx Innovation Factory (BXIF) is a center for advanced manufacturing led 
by women and people of
color. At its core, BXIF provides shared fabrication facilities; targeted 
business incubation; and training in
manufacturing and design skills, entrepreneurship, and economic democracy. 
Launched by Commonwise
Education and the MIT Community Innovators Lab , in partnership with Mondragon 
LKS , BXIF l everages the
borough’s existing entrepreneurial talent and manufacturing base to build shared
wealth and ownership for
Bronxites. You can read more about the Bronx Innovation Factory here .
The Innovation Factory is currently in its prototype phase, offering limited 
programming on a few essential
fabrication machines. Students will be conducting research to prepare for 
implementation of the full
program in a freestanding facility in 2019. The final report will include the 
following sections:
● Site identification
● Equipment needs
● Recruitment strategy
● Programming and curriculum
● Budget and staffing
● Fundraising strategy and business model
● Conduct research on one or more of the above topics through interviews with 
relevant stakeholders,
site visits, scholarly publications, and observations of the current prototype
● Coordinate closely with other researchers to compare findings and brainstorm 
● Analyze findings and recommend courses of action
● Develop timelines, budgets, maps, and other implementation tools based on 
● Compile research, recommendations, and implementation tools into a final 
Required qualifications:
● Excellent project planning and management skills
● Familiarity with one or more of the following topics:
○ urban economic development, workforce development, and business development
○ advanced manufacturing
○ real estate development and construction, esp. commercial and industrial real 
● Facility with arcGIS, QGIS, or other mapping software
● Ability to build budgets and pro forma
● Works well in teams
Preferred qualifications:
● Understanding of the Bronx’s geographic and socioeconomic context
● Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, especially inDesign
● Familiarity with economic democracy and alternative approaches to economic 
● Experience with community organizing and community-based organizations
● Familiarity with innovation thinking and innovation ecosystems
$20 per hour
Interns will need to be based in NYC for the summer and will work primarily from
Commonwise Education’s
office at 2431 Morris Ave, Bronx, NY 10468.
Dates will be Monday, June 11 through Friday, August 17. To the extent possible,
students should also plan
to attend a kickoff session in April or May.
This opportunity is open to currently enrolled graduate students in relevant 
fields, as well as recent alumni.

How to apply :

To apply: Please email a resume and cover letter to with the subject
line: BXIF Summer Intern by March 1, 2018. Commonwise is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to a diverse
workplace. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, and Bronx residents are
strongly encouraged to apply.

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