I DO is run as a collaboration between RSM and the I DO Student Board, which allows us to manage the complexity of the NGO challenges as well as integrate student feedback. This arrangement therefore brings us closer to the RSM mission to be a force for positive change in the world.

Master students and bachelor students currently in Year 2 who will join Year 3 in the academic year 2022-23 can apply to become student board members. You can read an overview of the organisation and the board positions that are available on the Student Board webpage. For the student board, we welcome applicants from all studies and of all faculties of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

I DO Student Board 2021/22

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Student Board

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The Student Board is responsible for connecting students and NGOs within the I DO course and supporting them to create positive impact as they take part. The Board is a unique group of motivated third-year BA and IBA students and master students who all have a passion for social impact. They demonstrate the spirit of I DO – as a course for students run by students.

Student Board Structure 2022/2023

*Academic Developers, Project Managers and Strategy Managers have similar responsibilities.

Board positions

Find below descriptions the different board positions you can apply for

Role and responsibilities

  • Manage and direct the project towards achieving its primary goals and objectives in collaboration with the Vice President
  • Manage and support the work of the academic development and operations department to maintain and develop the I DO course
  • Collaborate with the Vice President to coordinate the work of maintaining and developing the I DO course and working on its strategy
  • Organise the Student Board's communication channels and coordinate the Student Board’s general communications
  • Supervise the general progress of the I DO project and make adjustments where necessary
  • Manage the relationships with external stakeholders together with the respective I Do departments
  • Ad-hoc problem solving and managing relations within the Student Board.

Required characteristics

  • You demonstrate good leadership skills
  • You believe strongly in the mission of the project and can inspire others
  • You have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • You can perform under pressure and adapt well to new, uncertain environments
  • You can give, and are open to receiving, constructive feedback
  • You are proactive and demonstrate creative problem-solving skills
  • You can balance the needs of different stakeholders (students, NGOs and other strategic partners)
  • You demonstrate good organisational and time-management skills

A typical week for the President

At the beginning of your Student Board year, you will craft a comprehensive overview of the project’s phases with the Vice President. This will help you establish deadlines and identify key targets. After this, a typical week involved discussing the last weekly board meeting results with your Vice President and giving your insights to the departments that you are responsible for. You will discuss and plan the organisation’s steps for the week.

You will review the progress and performance of the course with the Academic Development and Operations teams by hosting update meetings with our RSM Assistant Professor Taslim Alade twice a week, which will also act as a platform of support for university technicalities and information.

There may be ad hoc sessions or meetings about various topics – ranging from preparatory work to recruitment. You will end your week by hosting a weekly wrap-up Student Board meeting to share general organisational and stakeholder updates, department weekly progress reports, issues arising from them, and feedback.

There’s also a monthly meeting with the I Do Advisory Board to talk about the I DO project's future, to propose any necessary changes, and to reflect on progress. 

Role and responsibilities

  • Manage and direct the project towards achieving its primary goals and objectives in collaboration with the President
  • Manage and support the work of the I DO marketing and strategic development department
  • Collaborate with the President to coordinate the strategy of I DO and the I DO course
  • Prepare an annual project budget, and approve and track project expenses
  • Monitor the progress of the I DO strategy and make adjustments where necessary
  • Manage the relationship between RSM stakeholders and the respective I DO departments
  • Ad-hoc problem solving and managing relations in the I DO Student Board 

Required characteristics

  • You demonstrate leadership potential and have some leadership skills
  • You have a strategic mindset and can work effectively with external stakeholders
  • You have strong interpersonal skills and are a good communicator
  • You can perform under pressure and adapt well to new, uncertain environments
  • You can give, and are open to receiving, constructive feedback
  • You are proactive and demonstrate creative problem-solving skills
  • You have relevant finance and accounting skills
  • You demonstrate good organisational and time management skills

A typical week for the Vice President

At the beginning of your Student Board year, you will work with the President to craft a comprehensive overview of the different phases of the project to establish deadlines and identify key targets.

A typical week starts with a discussion with the President of the results of the last weekly Student Board meeting and the activities and progress of departments you are responsible for. You might discuss general organisational matters and plan your steps for the week.

During the week, you will follow the progress and performance of I DO with the I DO strategic development and marketing department, and provide information about the status of the organisation.

You will host update meetings every two weeks about the progress of the I DO course and project with RSM Faculty who can support you in your dealings with university information and regulations. There may be ad hoc sessions or meetings according to the phase of the course – this could mean preparatory work or recruitment, as well as your ambitions for the project.

You will end your week by hosting a weekly wrap-up Student Board meeting with the President to share general organisational and stakeholder updates, and to hear and discuss each department’s weekly progress and issues.

Every month, you could be meeting the I Do Advisory Board to talk about the progress of the I DO project, propose changes, or discuss the future of the project beyond the course at RSM.

Role and responsibilities

  • Lead a team of Academic Developers and with them deliver the I DO course effectively
    • Deliver high-quality teaching and learning to all students
    • Research and develop adequate workshop content that takes into account students’ needs
    • Prepare presentations and reading material for workshops
    • Contact external speakers and collaborate with them to deliver workshops
    • Support the professors Taslim Alade and Lucas Meijs to review student assignments
  • Develop and optimise the current I DO course
    • Refine and optimise past assignment descriptions and grading rubrics in collaboration with RSM professors
    • Optimise the current course programme and Course Manual throughout the year
    • Collaborate with the rest of the I DO Student Board about optimising the I DO project and future opportunities for it.

Required characteristics

  • You have a passion for education and transmitting knowledge 
  • You have a sound understanding of theoretical concepts used in marketing and strategy
  • You have an affinity for social impact and private development initiatives
  • You have a sense of responsibility
  • You have excellent public speaking skills
  • You can work in a team and independently
  • You demonstrate good organisational and time-management skills
  • You are based in Rotterdam, preferably all year 
  • If you plan to do an internship, please ensure your employer is flexible because you will need to attend I DO classes for 2 hours every week or every 2 weeks.

A typical week for the Head of Academic Development

No two weeks are the same for the Head of Academic Development. During teaching periods, you will be scheduling and participating in meetings with external speakers who will be instructing students on marketing, fundraising, NGO analysis, and consultants, for example. You might have to prepare for these meetings – as well as researching potential external speakers. Not all teaching is done by external speakers. You will teach some of it and prepare workshops for students. Workshops can be in-person or online. To ensure that the whole Academic Team is moving in the same direction, most weeks you and your team will meet to establish the content of forthcoming lectures and prepare any necessary support such as designing presentation slides or researching and uploading reading materials. This can take between an hour or five hours per week, depending on the complexity of the sessions.

There will be a weekly hour-long meeting with the Student Board to review the academic department's progress.

Your responsibilities include managing the I DO Course on the Canvas platform; issuing weekly announcements, answering questions in the discussion section on Canvas, and keeping the modules updated. You will need to ensure students are kept informed of the course’s progress and updates.

Your week includes working with I DO stakeholders for scheduling, planning, and grading assignments.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Deliver high quality teaching and learning to all students
    • Research and develop adequate workshop content to meet students’ needs
    • Prepare presentations and reading materials for workshops
    • Find and collaborate with external speakers for workshops
    • Collaborate with the head of Academic Development to present the workshops
    • Support I DO course teachers in reviewing assignments
  • Develop and optimise the I DO course
    • Refine and optimise past assignment descriptions and grading rubrics in collaboration with RSM professors
    • Optimise the current course programme and course manual throughout the year
    • Collaborate with the rest of the I DO Student Board about  optimising the I DO project and future opportunities.

Required Characteristics

  • You have a passion for education and transmitting knowledge 
  • You have a sound understanding of theoretical concepts used in marketing and strategy
  • You have an affinity for social impact and private development initiatives
  • You have good public speaking skills
  • You can work in a team and independently
  • You demonstrate good organisational and time-management skills
  • You are based in Rotterdam, preferably all year 
  • If you plan to do an internship, please ensure your employer is flexible because you will need to attend I DO classes for 2 hours every week or every 2 weeks.

A typical week for the Academic Developer

No two weeks are the same for the Academic Developer. During teaching periods, you will schedule and participate in meetings with external speakers who will be giving instruction to students about marketing, fundraising, NGO analysis, and consultants, for example. You may have to prepare before these meetings as well as researching potential external speakers.

Not all teaching in the I DO course is done by external speakers. Sometimes you will have to teach or prepare workshops for students, and deliver them either in person or online.

Most weeks, you and your team will meet to ensure the whole Academic Team is moving forward in the same direction, and to establish the content of lectures and prepare any necessary support such as designing slides or researching and uploading reading materials. This can take between one to five hours per week depending on the complexity of the sessions.

You will attend a one-hour Student Board meeting every week to give an update on the academic department's progress. Meanwhile, you share the responsibility with the Head of Academic Development to manage the I DO course on the Canvas platform, send out weekly announcements, answer questions in the discussion section, and keep the modules updated. This is to ensure the students are kept updated about the course.

Your week will include working with I DO stakeholders on scheduling, planning, and grading assignments. 

Role and responsibilities

  • Recruit NGO partners for the next academic year
  • Maintain relationships with NGO partners
  • Mediate any misalignments with stakeholders
  • Coach and guide four teams of five student consultants 
  • Conduct regular feedback sessions with NGOs
  • Collaborate with the Student Operations Manager by sharing feedback from stakeholders and identify key themes 
  • Collaborate with the Academic Development team to understand and support the course material

Required characteristics

  • You are communicative and outgoing 
  • You are flexible and can adapt to different situations
  • You are good at problem solving and conflict management
  • You have some experience in managing team projects 
  • You enjoy working closely with people
  • You are good at coaching teams and providing guidance
  • You have excellent prioritisation and organisational skills
  • You can give, and are open to receiving, constructive feedback, as well as input from others

A typical month for the Project Manager

Every week is different and your work depends on current topics that are relevant to stakeholders, so it’s probably more accurate to describe a typical month instead. Your greatest workload will come in the first few months of the academic year because you need to recruit 13 NGOs before the start of the course. Recruiting them will require several interviews and a careful assessment against the established metric. There’s an onboarding period for students, during which you will assist the Student Operations Manager to assign 13 student consultant teams.

In a typical month after the onboarding process is complete, you will oversee work produced by four of the student consultant teams for their respective NGOs – you will closely monitor the relationship between student teams and NGOs. This is where your skills at problem solving and your quick reactions are of utmost importance, to respond to issues as they arise.

You will also be responsible for other external stakeholders in addition to the NGO stakeholders, and for maintaining a healthy relationship with them.

Role and responsibilities

  • Review student participants and create the teams of five before the course begins
  • Conduct formal feedback sessions with individual students
  • Organise social events for the entire I DO community, including board and members
  • Coordinate student communications together with the Project Managers
  • Communicate feedback from stakeholders to relevant board members
  • Be the first point of contact for students’ questions and/or problems.

 
Required characteristics

  • You are a social person and enjoy interacting with new people  
  • You can nurture a constructive work culture by bringing different groups of people together
  • You are a good communicator and can work effectively with different stakeholders
  • You are proactive and creative
  • You can manage a cohort of 65 students, including overseeing the communications with the students taking part in the I DO Project
  • You are good at prioritising and organising.

A typical week for the Student Operations Manager

At the beginning of the Student Board year – and before the start of the academic year – you will review the successful student applicants and form them into teams of five. After that, every week will be different according to how the projects are going; this is why you will need good prioritisation skills to be able to focus on the most important tasks in multiple projects.

A typical week could start with planning the next social event for the I DO community, then catching up with fellow department members and discussing the feedback they have received from stakeholders such as our partner NGOs. You will review the issues raised with individual students or teams.

You are expected to attend most of the academic workshops during the week so you can follow students’ progress and keep up to date with the course itself. You will end the week with a general meeting of the Student Board to discuss progress of other departments and share information.

Role and responsibilities

  • Further develop the vision and short- and long-term strategy of the I DO organisation in collaboration with the rest of the Student Board
  • Monitor the performance of I DO against a range of benchmarks and KPIs
  • Identify key strategic opportunities and partnerships, and develop them
  • Assist in treasury responsibilities such as allocating budgets, investments, financial monitoring and reporting
  • Manage non-NGO stakeholders such as RSM and strategic partners.
  • Work with RSM and external partners to ensure that I DO is legally compliant  

Required characteristics

  • You are strategically oriented and analytical in your approach
  • You strongly believe in the mission of the I DO project
  • You have imagination and ambition for further developing the I DO mission
  • You are an excellent communicator and can work effectively with a range of stakeholders
  • You have skills in negotiation and cooperation that complement your planning and strategy skills  
  • You are proactive in identifying new projects and initiatives and a creative approach to problem solving
  • You can balance different projects and can maintain a bird’s-eye view of the organization
  • You have strong interpersonal and communication skills 
  • You demonstrate good organisational and time-management skills

A typical week for the Strategy Manager

As a member of the strategic department of I DO, you’ll be responsible for maintaining the long-term vision and operations of I DO. You can expect to join two meetings per week; one with your strategy team and one with the whole Student Board, in addition to non-regular meetings with the I DO Advisory Board, other I DO departments, and external (non-NGO) stakeholders. You can expect to attend an average of three hours of meetings per week. Some weeks will be dedicated to bigger projects that take up all your time, for example those related to finances, legal issues, onboarding or recruitment. Other weeks will have fewer obligations, in which case you’ll have the opportunity to use your proactiveness to work on your strategic proposals and projects. Being a member of the I DO Strategy Department will give you freedom to work on projects you believe will strengthen the future of I DO, and having a proactive attitude is therefore important for succeeding in the role of Strategy Manager. 

Role and responsibilities

  • Coordinate and support marketing initiatives such as content creation and social media marketing  
  • Increase brand awareness through successful management of I DO’s presence on Instagram and LinkedIn   
  • Initiate on-campus activities for branding and promotional purposes
  • Keep track of the social media activities of our NGOs and other partners
  • Work closely with the Strategy team to effectively communicate the vision of I DO
  • Formulate a future-proof marketing and branding strategy
  • Explore new channels to optimise engagement and growth  

Required characteristics

  • You enjoy working on creative projects and have innovative ideas 
  • You understand the principles of marketing and branding 
  • You have previously worked with applications like Canva and Photoshop 
  • You are a proactive and independent worker
  • You can receive and give constructive feedback  
  • You have good organisation and planning skills 
  • Most importantly, you have a genuine passion for creating a positive social impact

A typical week for the Marketing Coordinator

Your week might start with a general meeting with I DO Student Board members and the Vice President to discuss budget allocations for marketing and other projects. After the Board has decided on the budgets for projects, you might schedule another meeting with the I DO Strategy Department to align the vision of I DO with the various marketing initiatives that deliver these objectives. Afterwards, you will create engaging content by collaborating with the Academic Development team and the Operations team. You will ensure that all of I DO’s social media pages are updated and deliver the correct messaging. You will also keep track of what our partner NGOs are doing and what other prominent NGOs are posting on social media so you can share that. Your week might also include brainstorming ideas for potential on-campus marketing ideas to promote upcoming events.

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RSM Faculty involved with I DO

Prof. Lucas Meijs

Prof. Lucas Meijs is professor of Strategic Philanthropy and Volunteering at RSM and has advised the Student Board since the beginning of the I DO project. He now supports Taslim Alade in actively running the I DO course in co-creation with the student board.

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Dr Taslim Alade

Dr Taslim Alade is a lecturer in the department of Business-Society Management at RSM and the coordinator of the I DO course. He also teaches, coordinates the Professional Development course, and is a thesis coach to RSM master students. Taslim is very passionate about lecturing because it aligns with his personal value of positively impacting society via the students that he teaches and coaches.

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