As part of its mission, The Ronni K. Irani Center for the Creation of Econmic Wealth provides immersive learning experiences for OU students that allow them to create real-world solutions using software, business principles, sustainability best practices and consumer-driven feedback.
Interdisciplinary Analyst Internship
The Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth Interdisciplinary Analyst Internship is a semester-long experiential learning opportunity for OU students at the Norman, OKC, and Tulsa campuses. The most motivated and talented students from across OU are placed on interdisciplinary, high impact teams and are tasked with providing top-notch solutions to real-world problems. Over the course of each semester, I-CCEW Interns work to commercialize researchers' innovative new inventions, sustainably solve pressing social issues, and develop software solutions for Oklahoma startups or launch their own tech venture.
The student internship program fulfills the I-CCEW mission to advance people, ideas, and businesses in two ways. First, the businesses, non-profits, and researchers that I-CCEW Interns work with receive insights and recommendations that drive their organization forward, allowing them to create wealth and jobs for Oklahomans. Second, I-CCEW Interns learn consulting-style problem solving, analysis, and communication skills that set them apart as leaders amongst their peers. The I-CCEW Alumni Network includes former Interns in some of the world's top graduate programs and high profile companies, as well the founders of startups in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
If you're an OU student and interested in applying for the I-CCEW Internship, please review the applications tab.
The Oklahoma Funding Accelerator (OFA) Associateship is a semester-long internship for students to work one-on-one consulting with local entrepreneurs. OFA was founded in 2011 as a Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth Social Entrepreneurship project. Since its founding, OFA has worked with entrepreneurs across Oklahoma who need help starting or expanding their business ventures. The business consulting experience gives OFA Associates a channel to gain real-world experience. The OFA program is a key part of I-CCEW's mission to become a nexus of entrepreneurial activity for the state of Oklahoma.
Students apply for a one-semester OFA Associateship for either the Spring or Fall semesters. Associates receive training and work closely with local entrepreneurs on business model generation, business plan creation, financial projections, and loan proposal preparation. Associates receive additional professional development as they build relationships with local banks, incubators, and technology centers.
Software Business Accelerator and Graphic Design
The Software Business Accelerator program matches a team of software development interns and a graphic designer with an interdisciplinary team and a business project. Answering today's business challenges often requires rapid development of user-centric software products, and the SoBA program gives programmers and designers the skills necessary to be on the cutting edge.
I-CCEW Graphic Designers work with the SoBA team to create appealing and effective user experiences, bridging the knowledge of the business team with the work of the development team. Past work has included webpage and app layouts, brand pieces, and strategic infographics.
Agile Product Design
The Agile Product Design Program at the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth seeks to apply an IDEO-inspired iterative design approach to generate new consumer products. An interdisciplinary team from across majors is assembled to conduct this consumer-driven design process. Together, each team is tasked generally to:
- Identify a consumer problem or pain point with an existing product
- Design an initial product that aims to solve this problem or pain
- Iteratively prototype and refine the design through extensive consumer interviews and research
The APD program has two primary objectives: to create innovative products that can be commercialized to promote economic development in Oklahoma and to provide a unique, real-world experience to students, preparing both the business analysts and engineering design interns for the cross-disciplinary work environment they will encounter beyond graduation.
Bay Area Internship
The Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth Bay Area Internship is an intense 2-month summer internship for outstanding I-CCEW Alumni, those who have successfully completed a semester-long project. The first Bay Area Internship took place in 2012 and was created to start a channel for talent and intellectual property to flow between Oklahoma and the San Francisco Bay Area, including Silicon Valley. Through the Bay Area Internship program, I-CCEW has built relationships with Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, in Livermore, CA, where Interns have done impactful work on early-stage technology commercialization projects.
In addition to being an outstanding experiential learning program for I-CCEW alums, the Bay Area internship provides professional development and networking experiences that OU students would not get otherwise. I-CCEW's network of alumni and friends in the Bay Area opens up opportunities for Bay Area Interns to visit companies such Google, Salesforce, and Lockheed Martin and build relationships with the top tech companies in the Valley.