MBA students are assisting small businesses and non-government organisations as they respond to the unprecedented challenges the Covid-19 pandemic presents.
At a time when planned internships have been disrupted and the job market is uncertain, the Oxford Saïd Service Corps provides paid internships for MBA students helping organisations respond to the crisis. MBAs in the Service Corps receive a living wage stipend from the Dean’s Response Fund whilst gaining experience responding to the world crisis.
The Dean’s Response Fund finances three initiatives: the Service Corps, support for student entrepreneurs and scholarships. They all contribute to the school’s collective focus on building a better global economy and society.
The first Service Corps MBA placements started in July and there are close to 50 opportunities available, mainly working for organisations in the social impact, sustainability, and environmental sectors. Vera Argyle, Omar El Enna and Jack Hanna are the MBA student leaders of the programme.
Management of the students in the Service Corps is administered by Argyle. Her team have been working hard to match students with Service Corps opportunities that will allow them to maximise the impact of their skills and expertise while at the same time allowing them to answer the inevitable future interview question ‘What did you do during Covid-19?’