Local Innovation Lab

Developing leaders our communities need

The Local Innovation Lab empowers local commercial and social organizations to integrate leadership qualities through work experience and program development. The internship program creates opportunities for emerging leaders, entrepreneurs, and students to develop professional skills through humane leadership while serving their communities.

Vision & Values


  • Identify and meet community needs and assets with labor through internship projects that integrate humane leadership skills and curriculum 
  • Create new local job opportunities
  • Support economic development and student leadership through professional experience


“Being given the opportunity by the Local Innovation Lab to do this work and feel like I’m actually doing something with my college career is awesome.” 

Maroun Aguero-Dagdug – International Studies Major, Intern Spring 2023 Cohort

The Local Innovation Lab is an internship program made possible by our partners at Southern Oregon University, the Humane Leadership Institute, and the Institute for Applied Sustainability.