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  • Number of credits

    15 EC

  • Size of course

    73 students

  • Positive impact

    15 NGOs

  • Duration

    Full academic year

    The next full academic year the analysis phase runs through September to November 2024. The Implementation phase runs through December to June 2025

  • Application deadline

    June 2024

I DO is an innovative and student co-created course that you can take in your second year of your bachelor studies in addition to your regular courses. Participation is voluntary and by application only. If you successfully complete the course, you will be awarded 15 ECs which count towards your study progress in the third year of your bachelor. This means that your I DO credits contribute towards the 60 ECs you need in your third year. Completing the I DO course is therefore similar to completing a minor.

The grades you receive also count towards your GPA for your whole Bachelor’s degree programme, although your participation is during the second year of your bachelor programme.

What happens in I DO?

The I DO project is all about taking action now. We believe that students, especially those at RSM, already have the necessary skills and experiences to evoke positive change. So why wait?

I DO connects ambitious and open-minded bachelor students with international NGOs through an academic programme that equips them with additional skills and tools to best propel the NGOs’ developments forward. Students will work in teams of five 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.

I DO is organised and led by a team of students, RSM faculty members and staff. This structure ensures that student feedback and experiences are immediately translated into the continuous development of the course to enable real and significant impact.

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10 Reasons to Participate in I DO 2024/25

  • Be a force for positive change as early as possible

  • Gain relevant real-life experience alongside your studies

  • Develop crucial hard and soft-skills through impact driven education

  • Actively shape the future of RSM’s first ever student-led and co-created course

  • Through the 15 EC accreditation, gain flexibility as for how you want to pursue your studies in B3

  • Bond with your peers from BA or IBA

  • Take on responsibility

    Whatever you and your team works on has true and immediate impact

  • Work in a cross-cultural team on pressing societal issues

  • Experience life as a consultant;

    result-driven work with a client-serving mindset and constructive attitude

  • Be your own boss

    You and your teammates, alongside a coach decide how to support the NGO

Co-founders of I DO

Who we are: a video from our founders

More information


We successfully ran the first I DO course in the 2021-22 academic year and we want to continue creating the same sort of impact!

Our first course connected 60 students to 12 NGOs. They supported their NGOs in diverse tasks:

  • reinventing marketing strategy through a new advertising campaign on social media;
  • a web page redesign;
  • increased communication with donors;
  • improving the supply chain of organisations by finding new key partners;
  • and devising solutions for the logistics and transportation of goods.

Furthermore, the RSM student teams helped their NGOs to optimise their organisational structures and shape their strategies. Their hard work helped all the NGOs to move a couple of steps closer to their missions, which included securing a clean water supply in Zimbabwe, providing education to girls and women in Guinea, and supporting orphans in Ghana.

Students attended regular workshops, training sessions, brainstorming sessions and events to improve their work in their consulting teams. These were led by RSM faculty, student board members, and professional practitioners.

Student experiences

I DO provided me a chance to be a consultant, fostering a strong team bond through a year-long project. I was lucky to collaborate with a wonderful team, now my closest friends, on consulting for SOSSAH, an NGO supporting a Ghanaian hospital. We developed several solutions, including a Donation Action Plan, Project Management Plan, and Internal Communication Solution. This experience allowed me to address real-life NGO challenges, equipping me with valuable hard and soft skills for my future career.

Jesse Van De Flirt, Dutch, IBA3

Being a part of I DO truly helped me learn so much about the NGO world and its intricacies. Indeed, whether it be through consulting Nekrachni (i.e. Czech-based NGO aiming to launch an app that educates on financial literacy) or by attending workshops organised by the I DO Project (e.g. on public speaking, fundraising, marketing, etc), I am very happy to have participated. In addition to providing sound KPIs and an elaborate strategy to Nekrachni, my team and I went to Prague to meet one of the NGO’s founders. We will never forget this experience and are grateful that I DO provided us with this enriching opportunity.

Emma Westenberg, Canadian, IBA2

The opportunity to be an I DO consultant was simply precious. My team and I were consulting and supporting a Kenyan NGO, that worked towards improving the rural society by fulfilling basic needs such as education or even toilets. Working on a brand awareness and fund raising campaign, was not only a great learning experience, but could actually support the NGO's operations. I absolutely recommend joining and would always do it again, as it allowed me to not only develop, but also to get truly inspired by working towards a great cause.

Hanna Forsmann, German, IBA3

For me personally being part of the I DO pilot was very special. I worked for the Quality for Life Foundation that promotes education, health and equal rights in India. Next to developing a Marketing Strategy, I provided legal and strategic advice for the organisation and much more. It really was a learning by doing experience, which gave me valuable insights in my strengths and weaknesses and showed me that we as students really are capable of making an impact in the real world not tomorrow or in 5 years but right at this time.

Fenna Van Geloven, Dutch, BA3

Portrait of Fenna Van Geloven

Working in I DO has brought me a practical business experience. Throughout our consulting work, I applied the skills I learned in my courses and analysed the strengths and weakness of our NGO. With my team, we redesigned our organisation’s website and raised funds for their projects with the organisation of masks sale and online events. It was a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and contribute towards a greater good.

Victoire Jeanson, French, IBA3

Portrait of Victoire Jeanson

Working closely with my teams NGO, allowed me to gain relevant experiences in the field of consulting, while making a positive and visible impact on disabled children in Bangladesh."

Anthony Terjesen, Dutch, IBA3

Portrait of Anthony Terjesen

Within the scope of the I DO - Project, founded at Rotterdam School of Management, our team of consultants advises the Rhiza foundation on Business Development, devising a social media marketing strategy and acquiring corporate partners, with the goal of increasing funding and brand awareness.

Hannah Zapf, German, IBA3

Portrait of Hannah Zapf

Working on my teams NGO's strategy and helping them get new sponsors has been a fun learning experience. I now understand what the role of a consultant is. Furthermore, working in a team with like-minded students has been a blast. I recommend joining I Do 100%!

Olga Molinier, French, IBA3

Portrait of Olga Molinier

Helping our teams NGO on their marketing plan has allowed me to better understand how to pair the internal values of an organisation with their external environment.

Tahmine Tilyayeva, Uzbek, IBA

Portrait of Tahmine Tilyayeva

Course Structure

I DO is a fully accredited 15 ECs course in the second year of the BSc IBA and BSc BA. The 15 ECs count towards participants' study progress and are included in the required 60 ECs in the third year of both bachelor programmes.

Analysis phase and implementation phase

The course is split into two phases: analysis and implementation.

The analysis phase runs through September to November 2024 and incorporates theoretical preparation for the implementation phase.

The implementation phase runs through December to June 2025; this is when students put their knowledge, skills and conclusions from the analysis phase into practice, and work directly with globally active NGOs. Both phases are aligned with the course’s conceptual framework to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve a positive impact in the collaboration with NGOs.

Find below the course structure for the second year for BA

Find below the course structure for the second year for IBA

Analyse, implement, impact. And repeat!

The course has two phases:

Implementation phase

From September to November, students communicate with their NGOs to understand their goals and processes while examining the external environment. Students analyse a set of issues and develop solutions for them while checking that they are acceptable to the NGOs.

Action phase

From December to June, the students implement their proposed solutions, working with their NGOs. The aim is to make long-term changes in NGO practices that increase the NGOs’ positive impact in a sustainable way. Throughout this period, the students have built new websites in WordPress for their NGOs, redesigned their online fundraising strategies by using choice architecture, have organised events and redefined the NGOs’ internal processes and culture. All of their work has had a single goal: maximize the NGOs’ positive impact in a sustainable, transferrable way, such that their work will benefit them for years to come, just like any successful consulting project.


We work with NGOs that strive to create a tangible positive impact all over the world. You could be supporting a specific mission for education, healthcare infrastructure, or democratising access to clean water, for example. All of the NGOs that take part in I DO encourage, aid and support deprived and disadvantaged communities and operate in developing nations. They also all have a representative in the Netherlands. You will have a unique opportunity to support these projects through I DO by using your skills to exert a significant positive impact.

We have been honoured to collaborate with these NGOs:

Cycle to Class

Cycle to Class aims to increase access to education through the provision of bicycles for vulnerable children living in sub-Saharan Africa. RSM’s student consultants are working on a range of important tasks to support the organisation. Their first task was to reinvent the Cycle to Class marketing strategy with a new social media advertising campaign, a redesign of the website, and increased communication with donors. Their second task was to improve the organisation’s supply chain by finding new key partners who would be able to provide bikes. They also devised solutions for transport logistics and bike maintenance. Their third task was to clarify the organisational structure and create a volunteer programme.

Learn! Foundation

The Learn! Foundation gives children in Kenya a real opportunity for education. It has supported schools since 2009 by building classrooms, providing educational materials, training facilities for teachers and a food programme for school children. It also provides scholarships for secondary school and university. This work would not be possible without its partner in Kenya, Lifting the Barriers. The RSM student team is currently analysing the potential of podcasts as part of a Learn! Foundation marketing strategy to improve communications between all stakeholders.

Rhiza Foundation

Rhiza is a Dutch-based foundation with the goal of eradicating poverty in South Africa. Rhiza has a four-step cycle: develop, produce, trade and reinvest. It operates in healthcare, enterprise development, education, and skills development. Rhiza's work targets early development and channels its resources to help children, and adults up to the age of 35. They build strong, sustainable, and self-reliant communities in South Africa by collaborating with the local population, partner organisations, and the government.

During I DO’s pilot year, the RSM student team supported Rhiza in conducting a feasibility study for the opening of a factory in South Africa that would create a sustainable and ethical workplace. The students helped Rhiza to create an effective online marketing structure to reach more potential donors.


Mpilo provides schools, orphanages, and remote villages in Zimbabwe with access to clean water and electricity. The NGO’s whole operation follows the criteria of sustainability, local involvements while focusing on small-scale projects to create large-scale impact.   

During their last months of working on the project, the student team enhanced Mpilo’s internal collaboration by implementing a work management tool and setting up easier procedures for volunteers.

Check our Instagram page for a presentation of the 15 participating NGOs of the 2023-2024 academic year!

Interested in joining the Student Board?

Get more information on how you can participate in I DO also in the third year of your bachelor's.

More about I DO

A course with an impact; this is what happens when students say 'I DO'

EUR article published Wednesday 18 Nov 2020

I DO participants

How society benefits from impact education: 'More potential donors than we anticipated!'

EUR article published Tuesday 20 Apr 2021

Mpilo foundation