The 2021 summer CONNECT cohort has been announced and includes 21 UT Austin graduate students working with 17 nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.
One of the client organizations in this summer's cohort is the RGK Center itself. CONNECT manager Alyssa Studer will be the lead contact for two projects focused on building the capacity of the CONNECT program. A first-time CONNECT fellow, MPAff/MBA student Jack McCormick will conduct market research and analysis to determine if matching a selective number of private sector clients with CONNECT fellows could address the increasing student demand for projects, as well as provide a new revenue stream for the program. The second project through the RGK Center will bring in UT Austin School of Information student Yu-Hsuan Liu to improve the usability of the CONNECT website both for students and for organizations.
"This is the largest summer cohort of projects that we've had in three years of CONNECT and we're really excited about the student fellows and organizations involved," said Patrick Bixler, Ph.D., faculty member at the LBJ School. "This is also the first time that we're running some internal CONNECT projects to help us think about our own strategy, measurement, and evaluation. A very cool experiment!"
Applications for organizations to join the fall CONNECT cohort are now open through July 16th. Learn more and apply here.