AIS members support small businesses impacted by COVID-19

AIS is excited to lead an initiative to use student interns to move small business online in response to COVID-19. 

The coronavirus is having a tremendous impact on the economy. Particularly hard hit are small businesses that have traditionally operated in-person, not online. Many of these businesses have had to switch their operations as best they can, coordinating by phone or through remote work. For some, going online is a lifeline to survive. However, the business may not have the time, knowledge or resources to implement an online model quickly. Even after stay-at-home orders have been lifted, many consumers will still prefer to go online. 

At the same time, many information systems students have had their summer internships cancelled or shortened due to COVID-19, and are looking for work. 

Several universities around the world are now offering a no cost service to increase the online presence of small businesses. Each project will be done by students under the guidance of mentor. The focus is on quickly solving one technology problem or providing one new online capability. Our goal is to complete projects quickly, so that we can quickly help as many businesses as possible. The services could include but are not limited to:
  *   Create or modify a website
  *   Create or modify a digital storefront
  *   Enable remote operations for staff or customers
  *   Assess and improve information security
  *   Help with data base design, management and data analytics

This idea was pioneered by Munir Mandviwalla at Temple University. It has since spread to other universities.

AIS is looking for other universities  interested in learning more about this initiative and possibly implementing a version of it at their university. AIS is eager to share our materials and other universities progresses in implementing this, and helping you get started.

If you would like more information, please email Munir Mandviwalla (,  Eleanor Loiacono ( or Alan Dennis ( There is a possibility of U.S. Federal government funding for universities in the United States. 

Universities currently participating include:

United States

  • Temple University, Philadelphia

  • Indiana University

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Boston

  • University of Georgia - Capacity reached. No longer accepting applications.

  • Covid Fellows, Illinois

  • SUNY Albany

  • California State University, Long Beach (website forthcoming)

  • Delaware State University (website forthcoming)

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst (website forthcoming)

  • Louisiana State University (website forthcoming)

  • St. Louis University (website forthcoming)

  • Illinois State University (website forthcoming)

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (website forthcoming)

  • Appalachian State University, North Carolina (website forthcoming)

  • George Mason University, Washington D.C. (website forthcoming)

  • Kennesaw State university, Georgia (website forthcoming)

  • University of Texas at Dallas (website forthcoming)

  • Washington State University (website forthcoming)

  • University of Oklahoma (website forthcoming)




  • Nottingham University, Ningbo (website forthcoming)


  • Copenhagen Business School (website forthcoming)






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