2017 Social Innovation Internship Interns


Jesse AustinImage of Jesse

Jesse Austin is a rising junior, pursing honors in major for Political Science and Security Studies. Through campus, community, and state leadership Jesse dedicates himself to fostering an environment where all voices can be heard and where all have the opportunity to achieve their goals. Jesse serves as Parliamentarian in the UNH Student Senate, as an executive board member on the NH Legislative Youth Advisory Council, as an assistant life group leader for UNH CRU, and as a member of Model United Nations. In addition, Jesse dedicates his time toward community service initiatives through the Hubbard Hall Council and UNH PrOVES. This summer Jesse will be interning with the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit started in 2014 after the public execution of freelance conflict journalist American journalist, James W. Foley.  Jesse is excited and honored to collaborate with the Foundation and its global partners to develop the virtual aspect of the Foley Freedom Run/Walk. 

Jit BanerjeeImage of Jit

Jit Banerjee is a student of the Master in Public Policy program at the Carsey School of Public Policy. Jit is keenly interested in research, advocacy and entrepreneurship. He is the winner of the student track of the 2016 NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge. In the future, Jit sees himself working at the juncture of climate, energy and economic inequality. This summer, Jit will be interning with the Community Development Finance Authority, a state-authorized nonprofit whose mission is to enable thriving, vibrant local economies in New Hampshire. He is excited to work on communication and outreach for their Clean Energy Fund. Jit looks forward to learning about government-funded nonprofits and their role in the economy through this internship.  

Kathryn BennettImage of Kathryn

Kathryn Bennett is a rising junior, majoring in Environmental Science and Sustainability. She is the Vice President of Chapter Life of the sorority Alpha Xi Delta, and a member of the UNH Ski and Board Club. This past year, she has been assisting in the calculation of the UNH Durham campus nitrogen footprint for the year of 2016 at UNH's Sustainability Institute. This summer Kathryn will be interning with Thornton Tomasetti, one of the most sustainable firms in the architecture, engineering, and construction world, is excited to help advance their sustainable business operations and learn more about how sustainable practices can be applied in a corporate setting. 


Ilona DrewImage of Ilona

Ilona Drew is a student of the Master in Public Policy program at the Carsey School of Public Policy, focusing on Strategy and Communication. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics with a B.S. in Business Management. Ilona competed in the Social Venture Innovation Challenge in Fall 2014, winning a Judge's Special Prize in the Community Track, and is currently a Graduate Research Fellow with the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise (CSIE). Her work with CSIE is focused on the Social Sector Franchising Initiative, helping to compile Living Case Studies of social enterprises employing the franchising methodology to scale their operations in Africa. She will be interning this summer with Pax World Management in Portsmouth, NH, which is a sustainable and socially responsible investment firm. She is excited to assist with conducting research and analysis on environmental, social, and governance issues to support their sustainable investment activities. After graduation, Ilona plans to put her knowledge to work at the nexus of business and public policy to help social ventures improve their efficiency and effectiveness.

Alex DuffyImage of Alex

Alex Duffy is a rising senior, majoring in Environmental Resource Economics and considering a dual major in Sustainability.  He also competes on the Rugby team here at UNH.  Alex wants to use his economics knowledge to help better manage natural resources and mitigate climate change.  This summer Alex will be interning with Coca-Cola of Northern New England, a state-of-the-art production center in Londonderry, NH.  He will be mapping out the center’s water use in the bottling process and will work to find ways to reduce the amount of water used and the overall impact on the environment.  Alex is excited to work for a successful company that is proactively trying to reduce its footprint on the environment.  

Brian EllisImage of Bryan

Brian Ellis is a rising senior, majoring in Finance and Marketing with a minor in Environmental Horticulture. He is the current Business Manager for the Student Committee on Popular Entertainment (SCOPE) and an active UNH Cycling team member. This summer, Brian will be interning with the Northern Forest Center,  an innovative non-profit that builds community and economic vitality while fostering sound forest stewardship across the Northern Forest of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Brian is excited to work at the Northern Forest Center’s Concord location where he will assist in advancing their digital marketing and social media platforms to benefit the Center’s programs. He hopes to learn how organizations grow sustainably so he can set sensible career goals.  

Tia FloydImage of Tia

Tia Floyd is a rising junior, dual majoring in Communication and EcoGastronomy.  Tia interned with Walt Disney World in the Fall of 2016 and is involved on campus as well.  Throughout her years at UNH, she was the Vice President and Secretary of the Sawyer Hall Council; a social justice focused residence hall.  This summer, Tia will be interning for ReVision Energy, Northern New England’s leading installer of solar energy systems.  Tia is thrilled to work with a renewable energy B-Corp that shares her values, and she is looking forward to putting her academic knowledge to use by helping others understand the many benefits of renewable energy.

Riley GilmoreImage of Riley

Riley Gilmore is a rising senior, majoring in Political Science with minors in Education and Business Administration.  Riley is also involved in UNH athletics as a member of the Women's Cross Country and Track and Field Teams.  This summer, she will be interning with ROC USA, a non-profit social venture that uses market-based strategies and an underlying self-sustaining economic model to serve their customers at scale.  She is excited to help make quality resident ownership possible nationwide.

Chloe GreeneImage of Chole

Chloe Greene is a rising junior, majoring in Social Work. Chloe has been involved with Project Sunshine, Somersworth Youth Connection, and working part time. This summer, Chloe will be interning at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (NHCLF)/ROC NH, the only statewide program in New Hampshire that provides loans, training and technical assistance to convert manufactured-home parks into cooperatives owned and governed by their residents. . She is excited to be doing this important and impactful work, specifically working with residents of New Hampshire to secure housing and build stronger communities.

Andrew GrondinImage of Andrew

Andrew Grondin is a rising senior, majoring in Entrepreneurial Studies and Information Systems.  Andrew is heavily involved with the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at UNH and with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization of New Hampshire.  This summer, Andrew is excited to be interning at ROC USA, a non-profit social venture that uses market-based strategies and an underlying self-sustaining economic model to serve their customers at scale.  Andrew will be helping them implement their new Salesforce Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.  With the end goal of becoming a social entrepreneur himself, Andrew is eager to work in this field and learn more about social entrepreneurship in the state of New Hampshire.

James RiceImage of James

James Rice is a rising senior, majoring in Environmental and Resource Economics with a minor in Political Science. James is actively involved in both academics and extracurricular activities at UNH.  He is the Philanthropy Chair of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and is a member of the UNH chapter of Model United Nations. James is interested in pursuing the study of economic thought beyond an undergraduate education and is particularly interested in the human ability to relate. He is incredibly excited and humbled to be chosen as a summer Social Innovation Intern, and will be interning at Veris Wealth Partners, a national sustainable wealth management firm dedicated to aligning families’ and foundations’ financial objectives with their mission and values.  

Rachel VazImage of Rachel

Rachel Vaz is a rising senior, majoring in International Business and Economics with a minor is Spanish. She is passionate about social innovation and social justice, and is a Student Fellow at UNH's Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise. For the past three years, Rachel has worked with the Freedom Café of Durham, engaging in their mission to create a world free of human trafficking. This summer, Rachel is excited to focus her enthusiasm for fighting injustice in her internship with the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (NHCLF)/ROC NH. NHCLF/ROC NH works to create stable homes and resilient communities by equalizing access to opportunities and resources.