Student Involvement

Are you passionate about social impact? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of those around you?

As part of our commitment to student learning, Keru offers opportunities for ambitious young leaders to join our consulting projects as co-creators of impact. Learn about the latest thinking on social issues and receive mentorship as you develop solutions for groups in need.

How It Works

Keru trips involve students directly into our consulting projects with social impact clients. Students join our team as 'junior consultants' and travel to one of our field locations where they are challenged to develop a solution for an issue facing our client.

In the field, junior consultants are introduced to the social issue through an experiential and inquiry-based approach. We provide training for project-related skills, and organize students in teams under the guidance of a professional mentor to develop their solution. At the conclusion of our program, junior consultants have the opportunity to present their ideas to our client. The Keru team works to implement these solutions into our longer-term project with the client. While in region, our team takes time to enjoy local culture and entertainment activities.

Upcoming Trips

Learn skills, understand complex social issues, make your impact

Improving Child Education in Rural Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Client - Kone Kmeng

Kone Kmeng (means children in the Khmer language) began as a bridge between charitable financial donors and those churches in Cambodia that desperately needed assistance in their desire to work with children-at-risk.

Kone Kmeng’s efforts have grown from several small, temporary outreaches such as motor repair training, and nutrition for babies in poor health into projects that are building the local communities through programs such as non-formal education, micro-loan financing, and sanitation installation programs.

Your Challenge

Did you know that the phenomena of “migrant workers” and “left-behind children” exists in Southeast Asia, too?

In Cambodia’s second largest province, Kampong Thom, 91% of the population of 697,000 people identify agriculture as their main source of income. But due to major climate changes and natural disasters, agriculture is highly unstable. Many farmers migrate seasonally to neighboring countries for work, leaving their young children behind in their hometown villages.

Join us to help Kone Kmeng address the following questions: What is the state of education in Kampong Thom? What can Kone Kmeng do to help improve student attendance in schools? Student results will be presented to a key senior executive of the company.

Program Quick Facts

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Dates: Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Program Fee: 19,500 RMB

  • Includes: Local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee, etc
  • Doesn't Include: Flight, visa, or insurance fees

Application Deadline:

  • 8/6 Early Bird 10% Discount
  • 8/26 Final Registration

Increasing Water Safety in Rural Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Client - Kone Kmeng

Kone Kmeng (means children in the Khmer language) began as a bridge between charitable financial donors and those churches in Cambodia that desperately needed assistance in their desire to work with children-at-risk.

Kone Kmeng’s efforts have grown from several small, temporary outreaches such as motor repair training, and nutrition for babies in poor health into projects that are building the local communities through programs such as non-formal education, micro-loan financing, and sanitation installation programs.

Your Challenge

75% of rural Cambodians do not have access to clean water and a myriad diseases plague local villagers.

The water supply in these communities is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, with a high risk of natural disasters including drought and flooding.

Join us to help a Cambodian non-profit address the following questions: what is the state of water quality in rural Cambodia? What processes should the company use when determining rural partners? How should it monitor and report on program results? Student work will be presented to a key senior executive of the non-profit.

Program Quick Facts

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Dates: Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Program Fee: 19,500 RMB

  • Includes: Local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee, etc
  • Doesn't Include: Flight, visa, or insurance fees

Application Deadline:

  • 8/6 Early Bird 10% Discount
  • 8/26 Final Registration

Water Sanitation Investigation in Rural China

Nantong, Guangdong, China, Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Client - OneVillage

OneVillage was founded by Donglan Zhang to commercialize Nantong village’s specialty agriculture product. As a social enterprise, OneVillage aims to create sustainable economic growth, with fair wages for the villagers and an eye to environmental stewardship as well.

The situation in Nantong provides a representative case of how villages across China are dealing with the complex, and sometimes competing issues of balancing environmental sustainability with economic development.

Your Challenge

Historically isolated Nanyong village, in Guangdong, is now connected to the outside world through the construction of a concrete road and the installation the internet. These advances have spurred economic growth in the form of specialty agricultural businesses, offering a means of poverty alleviation for local farmers.

Rapid economic growth carries risks to the natural environment, and a local organization is interested in creating a plan to promote sustainable development. Exactly what are the risks to the soil, water, air and other natural resources? What is the motivation of the locals to address this issue? And what can be done to address the sustainability issues of the village?

Join us to investigate environmental issues in rural China with other students and develop real solutions to real problems.

Program Quick Facts

Location: Nantong, Guangdong, China

Dates: Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Program Fee: 18,500 RMB

  • Includes: Local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee etc
  • Doesn't Include: Flight, visa, or insurance fees

Application Deadline:

  • 8/6 Early Bird 10% Discount
  • 9/9 Final Registration

Marketing for a Roast Eel Company

Online, Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Client - Eelite

Eelite was founded by Becky Lin, a young and ambitious professional consultant-turned entrepreneur. Born in China, Becky attended college in the United States and built a professional skill set in business consulting in New York. Her time in America also gave her deep insight into the mechanics of America's mature consumer market. Inspired to contribute to her home country’s development, she returned to China and started a company to transform her family business of eels into a domestic consumer brand.

Eelite is dedicated to delivering the values of transparency, quality and safety through their food to China. They are an emerging presence in Shanghai and other metropolitan areas in China.

Your Challenge

Eelite is delivers healthy and safe roast eels (unagi) to the Chinese food market. This brand is a growing presence in Shanghai and reflects the demand of the emerging Chinese consumption market for high-end, yet reasonably priced, quality products.

As part of their preparation to develop a B2C marketing presence, Eelite is currently conducting market research to better understand their end customers.

Keru is recruiting a consulting team to conduct market research and deliver product attribute feedback and customer experience insights. Student consultants will be trained and will work with Keru mentors to collect data, develop insights and produce a report for the CEO of our client company. Consultant work will be incorporated into Eelite's strategy and decision making.

Join us to develop key product attribute research insights to help Eelite improve its consumer experience.

Program Quick Facts

Location: Online/Shanghai

Dates: Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Program Fee: 8,000 RMB

  • Includes: Mentor, activity fee, etc

Application Deadline:

  • 8/6 Early Bird 10% Discount
  • 9/9 Final Registration

International Finance & Cross-border Private Equity Seminar

Online, Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Client - IJK Capital

IJK Capital Partners Ltd ("IJK") is a boutique investment & advisory firm with offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Their investment activities include the fundraising and management of a China - Central and Eastern European ("China CEE") Private Equity Fund as well as regional Asian selected investments. IJK Capital Partners’ advisory services consist of capital raising and M&A advice.

Your Challenge

Welcome to the 2018 Keru International Finance & Cross Border Private Equity Seminar. You will work with Mr. Josh Lim, a Wharton MBA and the founder of IJK Capital, to learn the basics of finance while conducting a cross-border M&A analysis project.

This seminar is designed to equip beginner-level students with basic finance knowledge and skills in an innovative, fun, an interactive way. No prior background in finance is required. Our partner for this seminar is IJK Capital, a rising international PE fund and financial advisory/management consulting firm in China.

Join us to learn basic finance skills such as market evaluation, target company analysis and financial modeling. Students will conclude the seminar by giving a recommendation on a merger and acquisition dea

Program Quick Facts

Location: Online/Shanghai

Dates: Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Program Fee: 12,000 RMB

  • Includes: Mentor and activity fee, etc.

Application Deadline:

  • 8/6 Early Bird 10% Discount
  • 9/9 Final Registration

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