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Team Internships at GCC

The Team Internship Program at GCC allows students to get paid career experience with solution-oriented business projects in the local community.

Your Challenge

Challenge Statement for Nirvana:  

How can Nirvana Home Entertainment make neuroinclusivity a standard part of its smart home design practices, to support a healthier and more enjoyable home experience?

  1. AFFORDABILITY:  Existing programs to improve affordability for neuroinclusive home technology accommodations are not well characterized (such as grants, financing, investors, vendor agreements, etc...)
  2. INCLUSIVITY:  How can we be inclusive in our marketing choices without alienating people/groups?
  3. SYNERGIZING NEEDS:  What are neurodivergent needs and where do they overlap?
  4. ACCESSIBILITY:  What is hindering neurodivergent people from accessing smart home devices?
  5. CUSTOMIZABLE SOLUTIONS:  Family members may have different needs & we need to identify them (custom profiles).
  6. BRIDGING GAPS:  How do we address any existing informational gaps (new tech, generational/age gap, etc..)?

Challenge Statement for Stay Ready:

How can each of Stay Ready Physical Therapy’s clinics be more integrated into their local communities to increase awareness and provide more equitable access to the services they offer?

  • Orthopedic issues (knees, ankles, head, hip pelvis, spine, shoulder, elbow, posture) caused by trauma, postural dysfunction, muscle imbalances, nerve damage, overuse injuries (arthritis), post-operative complication, etc

  • Vestibular rehabilitation (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Vestibular Migraines,Inner ear infection (Labyrinthitis / Neuritis),Ménière’s disease,Post-concussion Syndrome (PCS),Perilymph Fistula,Mal de Debarquement,Imbalance)

  • Functional independence and safety (FIS) program includes Healthy joint range of motion,Muscle strength, power and endurance,Posture, Balance and stability

  • private, semi-private and group workout sessions 

  • Custom orthotics


Background Information/Context

Understanding the Context

Background research provides us the outline for what we know and don't know about our industry. This will guide your plan for finding better solutions based on the cultural, social, and economic situation the company is currently in. Addiitionaly, company histories help us understand why certain communities are not active participants or common targets for recruitment and retention. To find innovate solutions to this issue, we need to know the context of this problem, or in other words:

  • What do we already know?
  • What do we need to know more about or understand better?

  • What are the concepts, events, people, places, etc. that are involved?

  • How are these concepts related to one another and/or my issue?

We also can look at our areas in terms of the research:

  • Cognitive processing: how does your population perceive your company's services or values? How does their automatic thinking impact your strategies?
  • Health and Wellness obstacles: what illnesses, disorders, and health issues may impact how our community interacts with the company/product?
  • Generational obstacles : how has family and social history shaped community understanding in your challenge?
  • Financial obstacles: how does money or economic inequality shape community engagement with your company?
  • Media Representation/Image: what does social media or communications around your company/product tell the community?
  • Educational obstacles: how does educational inequality and prejudice shape your community's engagement with the product or company?

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