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Redstone Intern & Analyst Webinar - Shared screen with speaker view
Inès Robo
26:32
Most excited about all of the opportunities to come (and the thought that in 20 years, I’ll probably be doing something not yet on my radar), most nervous about graduating during a time where job opportunities seem low…
Nick Dahl
26:47
In terms of clients and organizations that you work with, what separates the interactions you have with people specifically in the social sector?
Seara Mainor
26:50
I’m hoping to learn more about Redstone’s cross-sector engagement, particularly defining the dynamics between commercial and public clients.
Zak Rosen (he/him/his)
26:52
I’m excited about being able to have a bigger impact on the world but nervous about having to let some of my interests and passions fall by the wayside in pursuit of others. I’m curious about how consulting in the social sector functions as a tool for the good
Eric Diamond
27:01
Most excited about- The chance to take what I’ve learned in school and make a real impact in peoples lives. Most nervous- Starting at a firm in a virtual environment.
Gina Hollenbach
27:10
I'm most excited about finding opportunities that fit my financial background that allow me to create tangible benefits for the society that we live in.
Jackson Richter
27:17
I’m hoping to learn how social-sector consulting specifically differs from some of the individual projects other firms might do in the social sector.
Clara Yardley
27:23
Hello! I'm Clara. I'm tuning in from Seattle, WA. In planning out my early career, I'm nervous about getting stuck in a position I'm not satisfied in, but I'm excited about the enormity of opportunities that are available to me!
Timothy Liu
27:56
Hoping to learn about how firms decide which social sector projects to pick up!
Michael DeLadesmo
28:15
Most excited to have the opportunity to break into a new field and into something I feel more aligns with my values than previous positions. Most nervous about all the aspects that comes with the job search.I'm hoping to learn about the specific strategies that go into social impact sector and how that differs from standard consulting strategies.
Vince McNelis
28:16
Hi! I’m most excited to discover new and interesting ways to incorporate the social sector into my work after graduation!
Maria Marta Rey
28:20
Most exciting about working in solving problems in international development and health; most nervous about looking for jobs in the time of COVID. Looking forward to learning how to best prep for a social impact consulting interview
Hannah Armistead
28:23
Definitely excited about the prospect of creating change and improving lives around the world, and nervous about the prospect of starting a career virtually!
Robbie Edwards
28:47
I’m most excited about the opportunity to find a career path that involves social and environmental development through the lens of consulting. And I’m most nervous about entering the job market during these uncertain times.
Zak Rosen (he/him/his)
28:50
So exciting to meet ya’ll!
Clara Yardley
29:13
I'm hoping to learn about how you think about sustainable long term development when working on relatively short term projects.
Elizabeth Irene Hogan
29:24
I’m most excited to put my education to use, can’t wait to get my hands on some real work. I am also excited to learn how to look at our systems differently. I am most nervous about graduating in an uncertain time.
Liam McGrath (he/him/his)
29:27
Really excited about the possibility of combining consulting and social impact work!
sawyer
29:43
I am excited to apply the skills and knowledge I have developed through academia and employment to actually make a difference! I am nervous about the implications of launching a career virtually.
Hudson Hall
29:47
I’m most excited about the opportunity to drive impact as I grow and develop, and most nervous about potentially joining a firm virtually
Shannon Sommers
30:34
Hi everyone! I’m most excited about using my career to make a sustainable and meaningful impact in global health, particularly around women’s health and rights. I’m nervous about navigating the murky waters of what such work will look like in the era and (hopefully!) aftermath of COVID-19.
Lily Liu
30:41
Hello! I’m most excited to help scale impact of organizations with limited resources, addressing risks of tech integration into the public sector, and facilitating stakeholder collaboration. Most nervous about recruiting in COVID! Look forward to learning more about Redstone’s approach to stakeholder management and advising change-resilient organizations!
Austin Catania
30:41
I am excited to empower others and enable economic prosperity for larger populations.
Axelle Talma
31:23
I’m most excited about the opportunity to do impactful work in an environment where I can learn and grow. I’m nervous about the current times we live in! Excited to be here.
Robbie Edwards
31:42
Will we be able to access the presentation slides after the webinar?
Grace Kroeger
32:22
Hi, this is Grace tuning in from Boulder Colorado! I am most excited to have a meaningful career where I can hopefully have an impact on encouraging economic development to embrace environmentalism and reduce and reverse the impacts of climate change. I am most nervous about entering a career where I won’t have the creativity and impact to address the problems I’m most passionate about.
Inès Robo (she/her)
32:35
They mentioned that a recording of the presentation would be available @Robbie
Karen
32:48
Thanks for the question Robbie! We will be posting a recording of the webinar, where you can see the presentation slides
Vincent Villeneuve
32:52
I am most excited about embarking on a new journey and the opportunity to support the activities of leading organizations with ambitious operations aimed at empowering people and harnessing sustainable development. Today I am looking forward to learning more about what makes Redstone representatives Redstone-proud.
Robbie Edwards
33:03
Thank you!
Leo Peyronnin
37:52
Excited to continue learning and gaining experiences so that I can use my career to create real and lasting positive impact/grassroots empowerment. Excited to learn about the processes, tools, and values Redstone brings to its projects in order to solve problems.
Jackson Richter
41:30
Are internships available in the NY or CA offices as well, or only in the Boulder office?
Austin Catania
42:07
Have you seen an increase in demand for your services during the COVID-19 pandemic?
sawyer
42:08
What is the typical size of your incoming intern class?
Gina Hollenbach
42:15
What was the size of the intern team this past summer?
Karen
42:23
Our internship program is in the Boulder office only for now - we hope to expand in the future!
Elizabeth Irene Hogan
42:32
How are interns assigned to certain projects?
Lavanya Krishnan
42:42
What does mentorship look like at entry level positions at Redstone?
Karen
42:43
our intern class is typically 5-6 people
Zak Rosen (he/him/his)
42:43
Is the analyst position open to 2020 graduates or just 2021 graduating seniors?
Nick Dahl
43:03
Noha/Matt/Charlyn, what have some of the highlights been working in the Boulder office?
Emma Ng
43:03
How does the case mix differ across offices?
Axelle Talma
43:04
How does project assignment work at Redstone, are interests taken into account? Is it mostly done according to expertise?
Mike DeLadesmo
43:15
Are grad students considered for the intern class? Additionally, what percentage of the research done will be primary research?
Eric Diamond
43:31
What made each of you choose to pursue social sector consulting, as opposed to more traditional consulting or just working for a non-profit?
Charlie Baca
43:33
What are some of the benefits you have seen from the small office culture?
Umair Masood
43:35
Have any private sector institutions ever approached Redstone on philanthropy or corporate social responsibility engagements?
Karen
43:52
Yes, interns are assigned to one project team for the entire program. Anyone graduating from and undergrad or 5-year program in 2022. Those offered full-time positions for the following year will enter as Analysts.
Maria Marta Rey
44:12
Do all office locations work in all the practice areas? Or do offices specialize by location?
Vince McNelis
44:41
What surprised you most about life at Redstone? How has your personal experience helped you grow, both as a person and as a professional?
Robbie Edwards
44:47
What proportion of your cases involve commissions by the private sector versus the public sector? And how has your consulting experience at Redstone been being able to work across these sectors?
Lily Liu
44:53
What are practice areas that Redstone would hope to engage more in the future?
Maria Marta Rey
44:55
How many people work in each office location?
Austin Catania
45:12
What cause do each of you advocate for and are you able to be placed with clients that share that pursuit?
Karen
45:20
Grad students can apply for internship, assuming they could accept full-time employment the following summer as an Analyst.
Clara Yardley
45:23
How does Redstone reconcile the colonial legacies of philanthropy and the social sector in general in its work? How is the firm working to make the social sector more community led and oriented?
Lily Liu
45:44
^^
Shannon Sommers
46:20
How has the impact of COVID-19 (especially in how it has exacerbated global and systemic inequalities) affected how you approach your work?
Karen
48:17
About half of the firm is in Boulder, with the remaining split among NY and CA - which are both growing!
Gina Hollenbach
49:10
How does Redstone choose organization partnerships?
Maria Marta Rey
52:27
Sorry for having missed this - you mentioned the case interview is 20 minutes long? Is that for the first round? Or what is the slip between behavioral and case interview? Thank you!
Karen
53:40
Our split for the first interview is about 30 min behavioral, 30 min case
Robbie Edwards
54:29
Initial thoughts are healthcare investments, economic opportunity and economic equality projects
Braden Cody
54:32
I’d look at areas of need, like health, early education, food security
Leo Peyronnin
54:33
education, nutrition, health/medical, soccer fields, childcare for working parents...
Emma Ng
54:33
supporting programs that provide free/subsidized healthcare
Timothy Liu
54:34
Maternity care, vaccination, clean water
Gina Hollenbach
54:34
Investments in comprehensive early childhood education
Inès Robo (she/her)
54:35
Investing in prenatal care + early childhood medical care
Nick Dahl
54:35
Empower expansion of local businesses rather than jumping to external mechanics, that might work in areas such as water security
Clara Yardley
54:40
community orgs that are working directly in low income, bipoc geographies on these issues
Umair Masood
54:41
1) investment in Technology tools that provide access to learning resources
Maria Marta Rey
54:49
Programmatic work in the areas of maternal and child health, investments in research, building awareness
Tyler Jager
54:59
Investment in robust public transportation systems. ECEC and childcare programs are often inaccessible for low-income families due to lack of transportation access.
Axelle Talma
55:15
Health and nutrition, internet access, girl’s education, mobility
Umair Masood
55:30
2) Microfinance initiatives
Elizabeth Irene Hogan
56:28
Girls and mothers education, Microfinance, educating teachers from the community, research local nutrition solutions (native species with permaculture principles)
Umair Masood
01:01:53
1)Access to Local Market Partnerships/Connections
Clara Yardley
01:02:03
existing partnerships, what do metrics say about where ecd is most problematic, what are the barriers to practicing here?
Shannon Sommers
01:02:05
Comparative maternal mortality rates and ratings on prenatal care in the different areas to assess need
Lavanya Krishnan
01:02:06
Consider the size of the need in each geography, the potential for investments in community organisations and research, and the potential impact that investment might have
Gina Hollenbach
01:02:07
child life expectancy rates
Maria Marta Rey
01:02:15
Consider donor priorities - local versus international impact
Axelle Talma
01:02:17
Where they can be most impactful (i.e. how strong is the need), what are the barriers to entry and how feasible to overcome them
Braden Cody
01:02:18
Consider the level of need of those communities and the organizations ability to implement actionable changes
Timothy Liu
01:02:21
Past work and potential benefit
Alex Haney
01:02:22
Do we have any historical data on which of these locations have the lowest rates of ECD?
Hannah Armistead
01:02:22
Where can you make the greatest impact with the resources available? What existing organizations can we collaborate with?
Inès Robo (she/her)
01:02:23
Local need + where they foundation currently has investments
Seara Mainor
01:02:44
Consider cultural norms
Elizabeth Irene Hogan
01:02:50
Local willingness, looking at data on child hungry and education, birth rates, greatest resources available (both natural and capital)
Benjamin Altschuler
01:02:51
synergies which could be achieved with similar regions
sawyer
01:02:52
Primary factors: necessity and urgency of aid, potential effectiveness of impact, financial implications of working in a specific area
Maria Marta Rey
01:05:47
Could you clarify on the difference between Potential Impact and Contribution?
Umair Masood
01:07:16
General Question: Do your engagements ever reach the topic of new venture development - social entrepreneurship initiatives?
Axelle Talma
01:08:15
What civil partnerships are available
Nick Dahl
01:08:21
Existing infrastructures for care networks
Seara Mainor
01:08:33
What existing data already exists? What kind of resources do each location have access to? What policies are existing to promote early childhood development?
Vince McNelis
01:08:40
Has this been attempted in this area before? If so, what was the outcome?
Gina Hollenbach
01:09:00
What accessibility does the average individual have to local programs, if any?
Karen
01:14:01
Please check out the details on our website here: https://www.redstonestrategy.com/opportunities/, including a link to the job descriptions and applications for both Intern and Analyst
Maria Marta Rey
01:14:10
As a Masters in Public Policy candidate, can I still apply for the Analyst position? Or is it just for graduating undergraduates?
Karen
01:14:25
Yes, Maria, you can still apply for the Analyst position
Inès Robo (she/her)
01:14:52
Could you give some guidance on what the application writing sample should be?
Joseph Vayalumkal
01:14:59
Can you expand upon what you are looking for in our writing samples? What skills are conveyed in the ideal applicant’s writing sample?
Karen
01:15:01
Please also join us for our informational chats next week! Go here to sign up https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/zelwy/edit
Karen
01:15:32
For Analysts on writing samples: Writing samples are asked for if/when you are invited for a second interview. We are looking for a piece that highlights your ability to analyze data, synthesize information, and make a recommendation about a complicated problem from business, government, or the social sector. Ideally you would be the only author, but if there are other contributors, please specify the extent of their participation. Your sample will be evaluated on logic and structure, critical thinking, your ability to use data in an argument, and language.
Dana Zhao
01:15:37
Bumping Maria’s question: Could you clarify on the difference between Potential Impact and Contribution in the EROI model?
Karen
01:15:50
For interns on writing samples: please follow the prompt on the application
Noha Kikhia (she, her/s)
01:16:14
Hi Dana! Potential impact is about the benefit that comes from the investments. Is there a depth of need that the work will change. Contribution is more about to what level the actual foundation can add to the work that is happening. Will their contribution be additive and complementary to the other work being done
Dana Zhao
01:16:58
Got it, thank you!
Clara Yardley
01:17:21
Are there any themes across Redstone in what people studied in undergrad? Do most analysts have business degrees?
Gina Hollenbach
01:18:12
Along those same lines, do analysts often have higher education as well (MBA's, etc)?
Charlyn Moss (she/her)
01:18:30
Redstone employees have a variety of backgrounds, and I would say having a business degree is not a requirement or norm among Analysts!
Gina Hollenbach
01:18:50
Thank you!
Karen
01:19:22
We have a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from religious studies to economics. There are lots of transferable skills! Many people come in after undergraduate studies, and we also have some with MBAs. Some leave and come back after graduate studies!
Umair Masood
01:20:01
Thank you - sounds highly interesting!
Emily Green
01:21:41
How does Redstone form project teams? How many are usually on a team? How do Analyst interns fit into thats structure?
Grace Kroeger
01:22:14
Thank you so much!
Eric Diamond
01:22:33
Thanks everyone!!
Inès Robo (she/her)
01:22:34
Thank you!
Emma Ng
01:22:35
Thank you!
Lily Liu
01:22:39
Thank you!!
Mona Tong
01:22:44
Thank you!!!
Gina Hollenbach
01:22:45
Thank you everyone!!
Dana Zhao
01:22:46
Thank you all!
Shannon Sommers
01:22:49
Thank you so much!
Karen
01:22:55
https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/zelwy
Audrey Huang
01:22:58
Thank you!
Maria Marta Rey
01:22:59
Thank you so much for your time
Axelle Talma
01:23:02
Thank you so much - this was one of the most useful and well put together info session I have been to!
Elizabeth Irene Hogan
01:23:10
Thank you!
Seara Mainor
01:23:12
Thank you!
Karen
01:23:12
Thanks Redstone Team!!!