2018 Social Innovation Interns

Quincy AbramsonImage of Quincy

At the time of participation, Quincy Abramson was a rising senior dual majoring in Italian Studies and International Affairs, with a minor in Art History. Quincy is passionate about intersectional activism and advocacy and served as the Director of the UNH Diversity Support Coalition, on the Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate, and  worked on multiple progressive campaigns for non-profits and politicians. Quincy interned at the NH Community Loan Fund/ROC NH on their Resident Owned Communities project. Her goal was to apply these experiences while working abroad after she graduates.

View Quincy's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Alyssa AntmanImage of Alyssa

At the time of participation, Alyssa Antman was a rising senior majoring in Social Work. As student representative on the Social Work Diversity Committee and through independent research in integrative behavioral health workforce development, Alyssa dedicated her time to social justice and advocacy work. Alyssa was honored to work with 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. Alyssa was excited to help fight housing injustice and create strong communities through the process of becoming resident-owned.

View Alyssa's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Olivia BrigaglianoImage of Olivia

At the time of participation, Olivia Brigagliano was a rising junior dual majoring in Economics and International Affairs, with a minor in French. She was involved in the Alternative Break Challenge and WUNH, UNH’s own radio station. Wanting to make a positive impact on the community around her through a meaningful summer internship, she interned at the Freedom Café, which seeks to end human trafficking and the commercial exploitation of all people by providing consistent community engagement, education, and a simple way to fund the work necessary for a traffic-free world. With a passion for social change, she hopes to one-day build on her experiences to propel her into a career with impact.

View Olivia's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Emma ChinmanImage of Emma

At the time of participation, Emma Chinman was a rising senior majoring in Social Work and Women’s Studies. She previously spent three summers working as conference services supervisor on Star Island, a conference center off the coast of Portsmouth, NH. In the spring of 2017, Emma participated in the Semester in the City program in Boston, where she worked for the Petey Greene Program. She was responsible for coordinating tutors to go into prisons to educate incarcerated students. She was the Associate Chaplain at the Waysmeet Center. On campus, she worked for CSIE as a Student Fellow, was on Student Senate and was a member of the Socratic Society, and she started, and previously served, as the president of Oxfam at UNH, a student organization focused on educating the campus on the injustices of hunger, homelessness, and poverty. Emma will be interned with New Generation, which provides shelter and guidance for pregnant and parenting homeless women and their infants regardless of race, religion, marital status, disability, or economic status. Emma worked to develop one or more of three distinct projects and launch at least one program: a resident computer lab, a garden and wellness habits, and/or teaching a program on budgeting for success.

View Emma's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

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Matthew Cohen

At the time of participation, Matthew Cohen was a rising junior, majoring in Finance and Marketing. He was involved in the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity and in the Peace Corps Prep Program with the goal of using the power of business to better the world. Matthew interned at Veris Wealth Partners, a wealth management firm that invests in companies focused on sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles. As an intern, he helped support the implementation of their sustainability initiatives. As someone who could picture himself in this field after graduation, Matthew was excited to learn how Veris Wealth Partners aligns individuals, families, and private foundations’ financial objectives with their mission and values. 

View Matthew's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Trevor DeaneImage of Trevor

At the time of participation, Trevor Deane was a rising junior majoring in Economics and Political Science. On campus, he was an associate of the Rines Angel Fund, a student-led investment group focused on private equity and entrepreneurial ventures, as well as the Vice President of External Relations of Alpha Kappa Psi’s Omega Delta Chapter. Trevor has deep seated interests in economic development and entrepreneurship. He had previously interned for Live Free and Start, a government initiative aimed at promoting innovation within the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Trevor interned with ROC USA, a non-profit social venture that offers financing opportunities for manufactured home communities seeking to make resident ownership a reality. He primarily assisted in the loan underwriting and closing process, as well as portfolio management and additional research.

View Trevor's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Isaiah De LeónImage of Isaiah

At the time of participation, Isaiah De León was a rising junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Isaiah was heavily involved in the UNH community; he participated in UNH’s Army ROTC program, was a member Chair in the Social Fraternity Phi Mu Delta, and was an Executive Board member of Trash 2 Treasure. Isaiah’s goals included earning his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and commissioning as an Army Infantry Officer. He interned as the Summer Coordinator for UNH’s student run enterprise, Trash 2 Treasure.  He organized goods collected, staging, prepping, and ensured a successful sale for the fall of 2018.  He was very excited to partner with an organization looking to reduce unnecessarily discarded items from entering landfills, as well as to provide families back-to-school savings during move-in weekend.

View Isaiah's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Luke DoverspikeImage of Luke

At the time of participation, Luke Doverspike was a rising junior dual majoring in Sustainability and Business Administration with an option in Marketing. He served as the President of Marketing and Social Media for CompostCats at UNH and was the Communications Associate for Net Impact UNH. His goals include integrating sustainability and business. Luke interned with the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), which educates and inspires the student-led Zero Waste movement, informing students about the waste crisis and equipping them with the necessary skills and resources to implement Zero Waste solutions in their campus communities. Luke worked to fill in a campus wide assessment of Zero Waste infrastructure at UNH and provided the outline of a strategic plan to achieve Zero Waste at UNH. 

 View Luke's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Taryn DuncanImage of Taryn

At the time of participation, Taryn Duncan was a rising sophomore majoring in Women's Studies. She was heavily involved in several social justice organizations on campus: the Black Student Union, NALA: The UNH Women of Color Support Group, the Queer and Trans People of Color group, and the MLK Summit. Taryn was delighted to be able to bring her passion for social justice work to a professional setting interning with Koya Leadership Partners, a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. As an intern, she helped to create inclusive language that supports and further promotes meaningful dialogue. In the future, Taryn hopes to become a Diversity Trainer for nonprofit or for-profit organizations; her skills and passions align with Koya's mission and values and she looks forward to continued personal and professional growth.

 View Taryn's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Juliana GoodImage of Juliana

At the time of participation, Juliana Good was a rising sophomore majoring in Music Education. She was an active member of the UNH Symphony Orchestra as the principal violist, and participated in several other ensembles within the Department of Music. Juliana also worked for the UNH Youth Symphony Orchestra as a coach, where she mentored two sections of young violists to help them learn their music and advance their technical skills. Outside of the Department of Music, she works on starting her budding nonprofit company, Crescendo Inclusive Curriculums (a 2017 NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge Student Track winning idea), which has the goal of expanding access to fine and performing arts for students with special needs. Juliana was thrilled intern for the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, where she compiled a compendium of resources for the program's trainees. As someone dedicated to expanding access to education, Juliana was excited work for an organization that addresses the lack of diversity in the nation’s teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study.

 View Juliana's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Giovanni GuglielmiImage of Giovanni

At the time of participation, Giovanni Guglielmi was a rising sophomore majoring in Environmental Engineering. He was involved in Engineers Without Borders and research with Dr. Mouser, both of which involved ascertaining methods for solving environmental and engineering problems. Giovanni interned at ReVision Energy, a Certified B Corp and Northern New England’s leading installer of solar energy systems. As an intern, he was involved in raising awareness of the company, including planning, scheduling, representing the company at local events, finding opportunities that would allow the company to represent and educate the community, and creating relationships with local groups and other organizations. As a person who is passionate about benefiting the environment, Giovanni was excited to help educate people about the importance of utilizing sustainable and renewable energy in all communities.

 View Giovanni's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Devon GuyerImage of Devon

At the time of participation, Devon Guyer was a rising junior dual majoring in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability and Justice Studies, combining her passions for the environment and the law. Her career goals include working to improve the environment through policy reform and advocating for the environment and its stewards. On campus, Devon was involved with the NREN Honors Society, the Student Environmental Action Coalition, and the UNH Mock Trial Team. Devon was extremely excited to intern with Pete and Gerry’s, a 3rd generation specialty egg producing farm dedicated to the sustainability of small family farms across America and the humane treatment of animals. As an intern, she was responsible for recording and analyzing the waste in the production process in order to reduce waste to improve their overall environmental footprint. Teaming up with an organization that shares her environmental values of maintaining small family farms, humane animal practices, and societal outreach was a great match for Devon.

View Giovanni's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

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Julia Hyatt

At the time of participation, Julia Hyatt was a rising junior majoring in Business Administration with a dual focus in Finance and Management, with a minor in Psychology. Julia was driven by her love and enthusiasm for finding ways to help people through her involvement in the business world. On campus, she was a member of the Women and Business organization, which gave her significant opportunities to learn from successful business women. Her experience working at Hyatt Chiropractic allowed her to become familiar with the crucial aspects of maintaining and growing a medical business practice. Julia interned at Koya Leadership Partners and was excited to gain additional business experience and skills to help her become a promising future innovator and leader.

 View Julia's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

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At the time of participation, Riley Kenney was a rising senior majoring in Anthropology, with a minor in Business Administration. In the workplace, classroom, or any social arena, Riley dedicated himself to creating an atmosphere of cooperation to achieve the allotted goal. On campus, Riley enjoyed and participated in the Anthropology Club and the Socratic Society and was named to the Dean’s List in the fall of 2018. He was thrilled to intern with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, which manages more than 1,800 funds created by generous individuals, families and businesses, and awards nearly $40 million in grants and scholarships every year and works to maximize the power of their giving, support great work happening in our communities, and lead and collaborate on high-impact initiatives. As an intern, Riley assisted in the evaluation of outcomes from scholarship investments in New Hampshire students. He eagerly anticipated the internship to gain experience in the workplace. In addition to his internship, Riley conducted anthropological fieldwork research through the Anthropology Department.

View Riley's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Justin KlinglerImage of Justin

At the time of participation, Justin Klingler was a graduating senior dual majoring in Political Science and International Affairs with a minor in Spanish. During his time at UNH, he was an RA in Stoke Hall and involved with the New Hampshire Outing Club and the UNH Ski and Board Club. He also served on the Executive Board of Alternative Break Challenge (ABC) and co-led an ABC trip to Florida during spring break 2018. Upon graduation in 2018, he was enrolled in the Masters in Public Policy program through the Carsey School of Public Policy. Justin was very interested in environmental policy and sees himself working to improve the environment with a non-profit, governmental, or non-governmental organization. He interned with the Community Development Finance Authority, a state-authorized non-profit whose mission is to enable thriving, vibrant local economies in New Hampshire. As an intern, he researched ways to overcome the “Split Incentive”, a well-known barrier to the development of clean energy projects. He was excited to learn about ways to remove barriers so that more people can gain access to clean energy.

View Justin's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Angelyn MastersImage of Angelyn

At the time of participation, Angelyn Masters was a graduating senior dual majoring in Economics and Sustainability. Angelyn was part of the first class to graduate with a dual degree in Sustainability. On campus, she was involved with UNH athletics as a member of the Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Teams. Angelyn interned with Timberland, a leader in the outdoor apparel industry for their environmental and social responsibility. As an intern, she helped implement and refine their Global Stewards Environmental Sustainability Toolkit. She was excited to take part in their corporate responsibility strategy and enhance their leading example for other apparel companies.

View Angelyn's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Hannah MilsteinImage of Hannah

At the time of participation, Hannah Milstein was a rising senior dual majoring in Economics and EcoGastronomy. Hannah is passionate about making a positive impact on the world through social justice and environmental protection. On campus, Hannah was an Outdoor Adventures Trip Leader and Economics Grader. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Waysmeet Center and Cornucopia Food Pantry. She interned with Goodwill Industries of Northern New England (Goodwill NNE), a nonprofit social enterprise that creates jobs, delivers needed services for people with diverse challenges, and uses environmentally friendly products and processes – all while earning revenue to pay for and expand innovative workforce services in all three states. As an intern, she had the opportunity to reduce energy waste and help implement various ways to help people in Northern New England. Hannah was excited to do meaningful work in her community.

View Hannah's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Shannon O’HaraImage of Shannon

At the time of participation, Shannon O’Hara was a rising senior majoring in Communication, with a minor in Italian Studies. Throughout her time at UNH, Shannon was involved in Student Senate as the 2016-2017 Parliamentarian, was a three-year member of the Student Activity Fee Committee and served as both President and Sunrise, Lt. Governor of Circle K International, a community service organization. Shannon was delighted to be able to take her passion for community service and civic engagement from hobby to professional development, by interning at Casella Waste Systems. Casella Waste Systems is a waste management company based in Rutland, Vermont and since it was founded in 1978, the company has grown to 34 states. As an intern, Shannon worked with the outreach programs to further support the communities where Casella employees and stakeholders live and work. She also assisted with improvements on their educational materials. As someone who shares the company’s focus and drive for supporting programs that enhance the environment, communities, and the future, Shannon was a perfect match for this internship. 

View Shannon's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Vincent PaganoImage of Vincent

At the time of participation, Vincent Pagano was a rising junior majoring in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability, with a minor in Economics. On campus, Vincent was involved as Vice-President of UNH Pre-Law Society and Theta Chi Fraternity and spent time participating in community service and served his brothers as the Scholarship Chair. Vincent had the opportunity to intern with BerryDunn, an accounting and management consulting firm that takes pride in its employees being leaders and innovators in protecting the natural environment through their Community Action Board. At his internship, Vincent developed a prototype Corporate Sustainability Benchmarking Program to promote sustainability for BerryDunn’s clients. Vincent believes that change in sustainability starts from a cultural change, driven largely by business and was excited start making a difference while learning from local business leaders.

View Vincent's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Image of HienHien T. Phan

At the time of participation, Hien T. Phan was a rising senior majoring in Business Administration pursuing options in Accounting and Finance. She has great enthusiasm for public accounting, auditing and financial analyzing. Traveling and exposure to many cultures has helped her develop flexibility, wider perspectives, and future goals. On campus, she was honored to be inducted to the Business Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), was a member of the Paul College Honors Program, was a Teaching Assistant for the Business Ethics course, and volunteered at the Waysmeet Center. Hien interned with Prime Buchholz, an independent investment consulting firm located in Portsmouth, NH which works predominantly with endowments and foundations to build enduring, all-weather investment portfolios to support their missions in the near and long-term.  A number of their clients have opted to reflect their missions within their portfolios through faith-based, ESG or impact investments. Hien will be working with their Mission-Aligned Investment Committee in support of these clients. After graduation, Hien’s goals include pursuing a Masters in Accounting or an MBA.

View Hien's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Nicholas StuartImage of Nicholas

Nicholas Stuart was a rising junior majoring in Finance. He was deeply interested in building on his knowledge of new technologies, unique business models, and entrepreneurial ventures. On campus, he was a Principal in the Rines Angel Fund where he researched the value potential investments in early-stage high-growth ventures and was a brother in Alpha Kappa Psi, UNH's Co-ed Professional Business Fraternity. He was a Stanford University Innovation Fellow to learn more about what it takes to become a changemaker in his community by utilizing human-centered problem-solving strategies. He interned at UNH’s Foundation Committee on Investor Responsibility to explore how the UNH Endowment can maintain a focus on steady growth while developing strategies to grow their ESG portfolio.

View Nicholas' Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Nelson ThomasImage of Nelson

At the time of participation, Nelson Thomas was a rising junior majoring in Communication. On campus, he was a Student-Athlete and Vice President of UNH’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as well as an Executive Member of the Paul Public Policy Group. Growing up, he was taught to dream big and be relentless, which has become the essence of his character, approaching each assignment with passion and vigor, giving his all from beginning to end. Nelson  interned at Coca-Cola of Northern New England (CCNE). He was very excited to work in an environment alongside professionals to cultivate skills and garner the experience necessary for his future career. CCNE was a perfect match for his future goals of working alongside iconic companies within their marketing and advertisement divisions.

View Nelson's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Rachel VazImage of Rachel

At the time of participation, Rachel Vaz was a graduating senior majoring in International Business and Economics with minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She is passionate about social innovation and social justice and was a Student Fellow at UNH's Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise. Rachel has worked with the Freedom Café of Durham, engaging in their mission to create a world free of human trafficking. In the summer of 2017, Rachel focused her enthusiasm for fighting injustice in her internship with the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (NHCLF)/ROC NH. She spent her senior year working with the Carsey School of Public policy on the Social Sector Franchising Initiative, conducting research on Livelihood Basix, Inc., based in Tanzania. Rachel was looking to join the Peace Corps in 2019 and interned with American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer, Cole Haan. Through her work with Cole Haan, she supported the company's commitment to Code of Conduct compliance and continuous improvement in the supply chain.

View Rachel's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Andrew WareImage of Andrew

At the time of participation, Andrew Ware was a graduating senior (December 2018) majoring in Economics and Philosophy. He was interested in exploring how technology and shared value can improve society and the economy in the future. Andrew was Co-Coordinator of the Socratic Society, helping to organize and facilitate weekly cross-disciplinary philosophical discussions on a broad range of topics. As Co-Managing Director of the Rines Angel Fund, the undergraduate angel investment fund at UNH that invests in startups, he engaged in the evaluation of innovative business ideas. Andrew interned with Impax Asset Management LLC | Pax World Funds in Portsmouth, NH, contributing to sustainable investing initiatives. He was excited to analyze companies in the context of environmental, social, and governance issues and to research potential investment opportunities. 

View Andrew's Presentation from the 2018 Social Innovation Internship Showcase.

Photography thanks to Raya Al-Hashmi.