I DO - A course with impact

A novel RSM course challenging you to drive sustainable change by supporting impact-driven NGOs. - Created by students, I DO will push you contribute your business knowledge and hands-on mentality to help people in need.

I DO - 2021/22

If you are a current 1st year (I)BA student at RSM and will continue with your second year in September 2021 you are eligible to participate in the first fully implemented year of the I DO Project! This year, we anticipate to collaborate with 12 NGOs, meaning that we will teach and train 12 consulting teams! The consulting teams will not only provide strategic advice to the NGOs, but actively work with them. Teams will develop and execute marketing strategies, conduct feasibility studies of projects, optimize current operations and much more. Likewise, we developed a sophisticated academic structure that is the result of countless feedback sessions with our pilot year participants! You can expect valuable workshops which together form a coherent course framework to maximise your future teams’ success at supporting the NGOs’ missions. Our guiding principle is co-creation and collaboration in order to create the biggest positive impact possible. This means, your feedback and opinion as a participant will be heard and discussed in various planned as well as spontaneous feedback and brainstorming sessions.

What is I DO?

I DO is RSM's newest, innovative and student co-created course that you can take in your second year of studies, on top of your regular courses. Participation is on voluntary and application basis. If you participate you will be awarded 15 credits, counting towards your study progress in the third year. Thus the credits contribute towards the 60EC you have to attain in your third year (similar to completing a minor). The grades that you will receive count towards your GPA of your Bachelor degree programme. The participation in the course however takes place in the 2nd year of your Bachelor.

The I DO project is all about taking action now. We believe that students, especially at RSM, already have the skills and experiences that are necessary to evoke positive change now. Why wait? That’s why we at I DO connect ambitious and open-minded (I)BA students with unique globally operating NGOs and have set up an academic programme which equips participants with additional skills and tools to best propel the NGOs’ developments forward. Students will work in teams of 5 to support one NGO in achieving its mission. Our partner NGOs tackle societal challenges all over the world ranging from water scarcity in Zimbabwe to fighting poverty in South-Africa.

Each team is led and guided by a coach. This coach is experienced in working on impact driven projects and received sophisticated leadership and personal development training. Further I DO is organised and led by a mixed team of students, RSM staff and professors. This structure ensures that student feedback and experiences are immediately translated into the continuous development of the course in order to enable real and significant impact.

10 Reasons to Participate in I DO 2021/22

  1. Be a force for positive change as early as possible
  2. Gain relevant real-life experience alongside your studies
  3. Develop crucial hard and soft-skills through impact driven education
  4. Actively shape the future of RSM’s first ever student-led and co-created course
  5. Through the 15 EC accreditation, gain flexibility as for how you want to pursue your studies in B3
  6. Bond with your peers from BA or IBA
  7. Take on responsibility - whatever you and your team works on has true and immediate impact
  8. Work in a cross-cultural team on pressing societal issues
  9. Experience life as a consultant - result-driven work with a client-serving mindset and constructive attitude
  10. Be your own boss - you and your teammates, alongside a coach decide how to support the NGO