The Indiana University Serve IT Nonprofit Clinic is a community information technology clinic created by the School of Informatics and Computing in association with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Kelley School of Business, United Way of Monroe County, The Community Foundation of Bloomington, Monroe County and other university and area community organizations. The clinic provides real-world learning opportunities to IU students while at the same time helping nonprofit organizations in the Monroe County area with their information technology needs on an ongoing basis.
The clinic began a limited pilot phase in January, 2011 with four clients: Sycamore Land Trust, Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington, Middle Way House, and Christole, Inc. The clinic has served over 40 nonprofit organizations with 50 projects.
For organizations with 501(c)3 status (or equivalent), the clinic can potentially provide a full range of IT services ranging from consulting, training, web and database development, to tech support and networking. Clients are chosen on a rolling application basis and receive help from a team of 5-6 students. Such assistance can (and often does) continue past semester bounds. Each team is lead by a senior, usually doing a 3-credit hour Capstone or equivalent internship.
Interns in the clinic come from various backgrounds including Informatics, Computer Science, Public and Environmental Affairs, and Business. Interns are required to provide 10 hours of direct service to the nonprofit in order to better understand the mission of the organization.
For more information, please see the Serve IT website.