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Foundation University College of Business Administration, with student interns from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Harris School of Public Policy, recently concluded the first installment of the Social Impact Consulting Internship last August 24.

Since June 24, the interns developed recommendations to address the challenges faced by the existing organizations which were geared towards social development under the mentorship of experienced consultants based in the United States of America and in the Philippines.

Comprising the first team of consultants are as follows: Misha Berrien (Master of Public Policy) and Mariana Botero (Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration) along with Greena Cesa C. Pesalbon and Jennie T. Banagua, Master of Business Administration students of Foundation University. Earlier this year, the University sent an invitation to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and to the Harris School of Public Policy regarding the consulting internship.

The program has four main goals: first, to enable impact-maximization of social development-geared organizations and to ensure efficiency and feasibility in achieving their mission; second, to provide hands-on experience to graduate students in social impact consulting; third, to provide exposure for US-based graduate students seeking market experience; and lastly, to develop skills in cross-cultural management for students from both countries and permit local perspectives to shape feasible and impactful recommendations for the client organizations.

For this first installment of the consulting program, two organizations were tapped namely: Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc. – a poverty-alleviation organization offering Grameen-based micro-financing and developmental services to the marginalized sectors of the society with a client population of over 350,000 clients with 150 branches all over the Philippines and Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. – an organization working for the welfare of marginalized migrants and fighting against various forms of modern slavery such as domestic workers, fisherfolk, migrant workers, and abusive labor victims like trafficked women and children.

Social Impact Consulting is a program hosted Foundation University and invites US-based graduate students taking up Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy to spend 10 weeks in providing consulting services for local social-development organizations.