Solution Overview

Our Solution

Internship for Good

One-line solution summary:

We nurture and connect Indonesian talents with real world experiences to develop their bottom-line skills of tomorrow.

Pitch your solution.

During our selection process with 195 internship applications for four months of recruitment process, only 3% were eligible to secure a place from 22 positions in our Internship for Good Program. 

We DO MORE than rejecting letter politely, we give personalize feedback to each applicants. From 6 applicants that reapplied based on our feedback, there were 4 applicants who accepted as interns at our partner enterprises. 

Nevertheless, we still have 185 applicants that are still trying to figure out ways to enter the workforce. We cannot stop there. We will soon launch our own internship program at our innovation studio, a studio where aspiring job seekers can learn how to create innovation with synchronous and asynchronous experience learning with real world cases. With this program, we aim to empower them with bottom line knowledge, skills, and ethics that is needed to enter the workforce, either as employees or entrepreneurs.

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Which dimension of the Challenge does your solution most closely address?

Connect the skills of the Indian and Indonesian workforces to the demands of employers

In what city, town, or region is your solution team headquartered?

Surabaya, Surabaya City, East Java, Indonesia

Is your solution working in India and/or Indonesia?

My solution is being deployed or has plans to deploy in Indonesia

What specific problem are you solving in India and/or Indonesia?

In February 2021, there are 1 million people with bachelor and 4.4 million people with upper secondary school degree are unemployed.

Based on our data, the reasons why the 89% of the applicants we rejected with a heavy heart were ineligible are inability to communicate the application properly, experiences are mismatch with the requirement; and their CV and cover letter are obvious templates. We want to focus bridging the skill mismatch between the applicant and the workforce requirement.

Who does your solution serve, and in what ways will the solution impact their lives?

We  focus on the 5.4 millions of bachelor and upper secondary school graduates that are still unemployed. 

We understand the problem why they are unable to enter the workforce by having our own data collection process through our internship recruitment program. The problem are just in front of our face as we screen through the emails and do the first interviews ourselves. 

Currently, we have a WhatsApp group with those who are rejected and ready to launch our innovation studio program. This program is not new to us.One of our team member is a curriculum designer for social innovation at Universitas Ciputra Surabaya. There has been more than 40 real world social innovation projects have been done using the syllabus. We will pilot to bring this curriculum for our innovation studio program with the expected outcome is to empower the participants with the skills, ethics, and knowledge needed to enter the real workforce.

How does the problem you are addressing, the solution you have designed, and the population you are serving align with the Challenge?

Our curriculum focus on 'learning by doing' method. A method that is proven to improve the ability of learners to really emerge with the learnings. They will deal with real complex problem so they can have a holistic skills to solve problems, communicate with the people related to problem and fully consider the context of the problem in order to find a solution.

Our first Internship for Good program is designed specifically served the target population mentioned and we leverage the program to solve the problem arise while we are doing the process of the internship recruitment. Therefore, we can prove that we are keeping up with the real situations and adapt our solution to it.

In which Indonesian Provinces is your solution operating?

  • Central Java
  • East Java
  • West Java

What is your solution’s stage of development?


Who is the Team Lead for your solution?

Melinda Alfiani R. D.

More About Your Solution

Which of the following categories best describes your solution?

A new business model or process that relies on technology to be successful

What makes your solution innovative?

We are starting as a marketplace for matching talents with workforce and we saw a problem when doing that. We saw a very big skill gap. 

While others are doing the one way approach of online education to bridge the gap, we deliver a synchronous and asynchronous approach to make sure the innovation reach its target outcome: the participants can get a job, whether as employees because they are more ready and confident or as entrepreneurs that brings their innovation in our innovation studio to the next level. 

Describe the core technology that powers your solution.

1. Website to publish information

2. Social groups to communicate among participants (in Indonesia, we are heavy WhatsApp users)

3. Google suite products for project management (including forms, sheets, etc) 

4. Video conferencing apps (Zoom, Google Meet)

Please select all the technologies currently used in your solution:

  • Audiovisual Media
  • Crowd Sourced Service / Social Networks

What is your theory of change?

First, we connect eligible talent with the job match with their profile.

Then, for those who are not accepted, we create an opportunity to guide them through our breakthrough educational program and we will monitor how this program resulted in increasing the number of talents to be finally able entering the workforce.

We measure our impact by collecting how many talent are connected with the workforce and how many talent were improved by our program so that they can secure a job.

Select the key characteristics of your target population.

  • Peri-Urban
  • Urban
  • Low-Income
  • Middle-Income
  • Mid-Career Adult
  • Other

If you selected Other, please explain here.

Upper secondary school graduates

In which countries do you currently operate?

  • Indonesia

In which countries will you be operating within the next year?

  • Indonesia

What are your impact goals for the next year and the next five years, and how will you achieve them?

Our focus is to increase the number of candidate workers to be in the workforce by connecting them with internship opportunities, currently at social enterprises. Furthermore, the candidates who are not deployed will be given series of learning opportunities for them to develop their bottom line skills by engaging them with the blended learning opportunities and exposure to experiential learning method by an innovation studio that are currently being developed. 

We aim to connect 200 talents and have 100 innovations projects in five years. 

The indirect impact we aim from the innovation projects is to touch the lives of 100.000 people in 2026.

How are you measuring your progress toward your impact goals?

The numbers of applicants that we received for approximately 4 months were 195 applicants and we are already deployed 9 talents in 7 social enterprise. We aim to reach 20 applicants by the end of February 2021. 

We will launch our innovation studio this month and aim to get 30 participants for the first cohort/pilot.

What barriers currently exist for you to accomplish your goals in the next year and in the next five years?

In financing, we need funds to grow our program to accommodate more talents in Indonesia to make innovative projects. We also need to provide mentors on bottom-line skills for talents. Besides, we need more mentors to help the participants of the innovation studio so they can get quality mentorship that can beneficially impact their innovation projects.

How do you plan to overcome these barriers?

With the help of MIT, we hope that we can accommodate more talents through the communities and the technology that MIT is well known for. We aim to get technology partners so we can scale this program.

More About Your Team

What type of organization is your solution team?

Academic or Research Institution

How many people work on your solution team?

3 persons (2 full time and 1 part time staff)

How long have you been working on your solution?

4 months

How are you and your team well-positioned to deliver this solution?

Our founder and project leader has been working in the social entrepreneurship field for more than seven years. Her first experience was working as a research assistant for the book: Berani Jadi Wirausaha Sosial: Membangun Solusi atas Permasalahan Sosial secara Mandiri dan Berkelanjutan (Dare to be a Social Entrepreneur: Building Solution for Social Problem Independently and Sustainably), this book was sponsored by DBS Foundation. Ever since, she has been learning, working, and networking passionately in the field and now is responsible for designing and managing Social Innovation/Entrepreneurship Curriculum at Universitas Ciputra (both the mandatory -for medical students- and the electives). The curriculum she designed is now used in medical faculty from other state owned university.

What is your approach to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive leadership team?

We are a team from different ethnic race and religion.

What organizations do you currently partner with, if any? How are you working with them?

We are currently working with DBS Foundation and social enterprises in Indonesia.

Your Model & Funding

Who is the primary stakeholder you will be targeting to execute and scale your solution?

Not-for-profit or Community-Based organizations
Partnership & Growth Opportunities

Why are you applying to the Future of Work in India and Indonesia Challenge?

Internship For Good program has been running for approximately four months, we have received 195 applicants, and only 3% of applicants were eligible to deploy. It didn't mean they were incompetent, but so many candidate workers didn't match the needs of the job position desired by the industry. Other than that, the lack of access to job information made their potential and skills less able to be channeled. Starting from this problem, we thought about becoming a community and facilitating them to get the right experience according to their potential. Even though some candidate workers do not yet have sufficient skills to work, we are here to help them improve their bottom-line skills such as digital literacy and more. We are trying to improve the ratio and develop our program. We hope that with the help of MIT, we can reach more prospective workers and have a wider movement in developing this program so that more human resources are able to compete with automation changes in the future.

In which of the following areas do you most need partners or support?

  • Financial (e.g. improving accounting practices, pitching to investors)
  • Public Relations (e.g. branding/marketing strategy, social and global media)
  • Monitoring & Evaluation (e.g. collecting/using data, measuring impact)

Please explain in more detail here.

We seek funding from partnerships or grants.

Solution Team

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