enFocus Fellowship

South Bend and Elkhart, IN | Full-time


Who We Are
enFocus, a non-profit organization, brings an entrepreneurial focus to communities in the South Bend - Elkhart, Indiana region by recruiting top talent, providing mentorship and cohort-based programming, and executing innovation projects for community partners, called sponsors, in the Civic (education, government, healthcare, nonprofit, etc.) and Industry (manufacturing, technology, private business, etc.) sectors. Since its founding in 2012, enFocus has also incubated 53 startups and social impact initiatives through Research, Development, & Entrepreneurship.

What You’ll Do

Throughout this salaried, two-year Fellowship, enFocus will provide you with meaningful work responsibilities, continuous professional development, and access to a network of mentors to assist you as you progress in your career.

As a Fellow, you'll work with enFocus Project Managers to discover, design, and implement innovative solutions for project sponsors. Due to variation in project size and scope, you'll execute between one and three consulting-like projects at any given time. Simultaneously, you'll also conduct applied research and/or pursue entrepreneurial endeavors by supporting team members of existing enFocus incubations or by spearheading your own founder project to launch a startup, technology, or social impact initiative in the region. In the second year, you may have the possibility to take on further management and leadership responsibilities.

Each project will require different work activities, though all Fellows will be expected to:

  • Develop and execute a project management plan for all projects
  • Share opportunities and coordinate with various stakeholders, community leaders, and business executives
  • Conduct discover activities, such as customer/stakeholder interviews, strategic research, and data collection and analysis
  • Conduct design activities, such as program design, business model and/or marketing campaign development, process mapping, technology/software requirements definition, grant-writing, and strategic planning
  • Conduct implement activities, such as technology/software implementation, employee training, project/stakeholder management, marketing strategy execution, and data collection/evaluation
  • Contribute to at least one self-directed or existing enFocus Research, Development, & Entrepreneurship project
  • Communicate regular project updates to enFocus staff and sponsors via meetings, email, and well-organized presentations
  • Positively represent enFocus through all project engagements and any other enFocus events

Though some Fellows may work across our Civic and Industry portfolios, most Fellows are assigned to either Civic Innovation or Industry Innovation projects.

On Civic Innovation projects, you might:

  • Partner with government officials to design a city-wide sustainable food system
  • Develop and deploy a community needs assessment for a non-profit hospital
  • Build strategic and financial plans for a grant-funded, community ride-sharing initiative
  • Create and implement a Google Ads campaign and a marketing strategy for a local workforce development agency

On Industry Innovation projects, you might:

  • Use Lean Six Sigma or other methodologies to examine processes, data, and financial flows to identify efficiency gains and optimize value streams for a manufacturer
  • Design and pilot research studies regarding products, markets, and supply chain dynamics for an existing business or emerging startup
  • Analyze and visualize data for a private business using tools such as PowerBI, Python scripts, and Alteryx

Regardless of their primary project portfolio, all Fellows will contribute to Research, Development, & Entrepreneurship initiatives. On these types of projects, you might:

  • Advance your own novel social or business venture
  • Collaborate with company representatives on federal research grant proposals (SBIR/STTR)
  • Develop social programs to address disparities in the community
  • Work with a promising startup to achieve an important business milestone


  • Bachelor’s degree (all majors are considered)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Ability to work full-time in the South Bend - Elkhart region for the duration of the Fellowship

What we look for in a candidate:

  • Passion for building better communities through innovation and entrepreneurship in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortability in taking initiative and ownership over project activities, priorities, and recommendations amidst ambiguous situations
  • Excellent presentation and written and verbal communication skills
  • Clear demonstration of leadership experience and/or project management capabilities in work or academic settings
  • Ability to provide strategic insights through problem-solving and research
  • Adaptability to learn new skills and industries quickly
  • Familiarity and/or interest in one or more of the following: business/data analytics, community development, manufacturing, market or production strategy, product development, social impact, supply chain, and/or technology/software implementation

Job Type

Full-Time, Two-Year Fellowship Program (~40 hours per week)

enFocus Fellows are expected to move to the South Bend - Elkhart, Indiana Region to work in-person at enFocus offices in South Bend and Elkhart, Indiana, and on-site at community sponsors; however, Fellows will also have the flexibility to work from home on occasion.


  • Year I Starting Salary Range: $43,500 - $47,500
  • $1,500 Technology Stipend
  • Two Weeks Paid Time Off, 14 Paid Holidays + 4 Paid Floating Holidays, & 5 Paid Sick Days Annually
  • Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement
  • Workmans Compensation Coverage
  • Dedicated Research, Development, & Entrepreneurship Time (approx. 30% of your work hours)
  • Continuous Professional Development

Application Deadlines & Interview Timelines

enFocus accepts applications for full-time Fellowship positions on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please read the following guidelines to determine more specific instructions based on your anticipated start date:

Candidates interested and available to start full-time work before January 2022 should indicate that they are available to begin the Fellowship “Immediately” on the application. enFocus will evaluate these applications and schedule interviews on a rolling basis.

Candidates interested and available to start full-time work in Early 2022 must apply by 11:59pm ET on Sunday, November 14th. enFocus will evaluate these applications and schedule interviews on a rolling basis.

Candidates interested in starting full-time work in August 2022 may apply until the application closes at 11:59pm ET on Sunday, February 13, 2022; however, these applications will be reviewed at different time frames depending on their submission dates.

  • Candidates who apply by 11:59pm ET on Tuesday, October 19th will be reviewed during enFocus’ Round I Evaluation Period between October and December 2021
  • Candidates who apply after October 19th will be reviewed during enFocus’ Round II Evaluation Period between February and April 2022, after the application closes

Contact Information

Applicants should receive an automated email immediately after submitting this application. If you do not find this email in your inbox, please check your junk and spam folders to ensure that you will be notified of any application status updates. Any questions can be directed to recruiting@en-focus.org.