Our Social Innovation Internship hosts are leading for-profit, non-profit and government organizations, each with an innovative, market-based approach achieving its social or environmental mission. Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in meaninful projects that are strategic to the host organization.
We are grateful to these partners for sharing their expertise and time with our interns and for supporting our goal of growing and equipping the next generation of changemakers!
Community and Economic Development
- Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) will work with an intern to design and implement a research study of women business owners which will be utilized to provide relevant and stand out programming, training and services. [Portland, ME plus occasional travel to Brunswick office]
- Concert Corps will work with music industry nonprofits and a team of interns to create positive social and environmental impact through service. [Various]
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will work with an intern to develop a scorecard approach to inform their Healthcare Anchor approach (developing ways to more intentionally use our health system’s practices to advance the social and health equity of residents in the communities they serve. [Lebanon, NH ]
- The Institute For Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) will work with an intern on several key research projects, and a four week intensive academic fellowship program on the campus of Phillips Andover in Andover, MA. [Andover, MA]
- Lakes Region Community Developers will work with an intern to conduct community organizing, as well as the planning and implementing of Youth Leadership Teams. [Laconia + travel to Tilton, Meredith, Wolfeboro, NH]
- Lonza will work with an intern to build their volunteer initiative by strengthening collaboration with key partnerships. [Portsmouth, NH]
- New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (ROC NH) will work with two interns on their state team to end housing insecurity and financial vulnerability among residents of manufactured housing (mobile home) communities. [Concord, NH]
- The Farm at Eastman’s Corner will work with an intern to develop and implement educational workshops, classes & immersive experiences with their Agriculture & Sustainability Team. [Kensington, NH]
- TURBOCAM will work with an intern to conduct hands-on research for Child Care/Dependent Care benefits for its 500+ employees. [Barrington, NH]
- Volunteer NH will work with an intern to develop the organization’s marketing plan, collecting critical information to address some of New Hampshire’s most critical needs. [Concord, NH]
- The Freedom Café will work with an intern who will assist the executive director to advance the overall mission of the Freedom Café through the development of web, video and print resources that communicate the organizations mission, and partnership opportunities, and social impact. [Durham, NH]
- Koya Leadership Partners will work with an intern to develop and implement research-based strategies to source candidates for Koya Leadership Partners’ executive searches. [Newburyport, MA or Boston, MA]
- Prime Buchholz LLC will work with an intern to collect environment, social, and governance (ESG) policies and assist members of the Mission-Aligned Investment Committee in the ongoing due diligence monitoring of recommended managers. [Portsmouth, NH]
- The UNH Foundation will work with an intern to help support the Committee on Investor Responsibility and the Foundation’s continuing work on sustainable investing. [Durham, NH]
- Alnoba will work with an intern to develop & implement sustainability initiatives across their 450 acre campus. [Kensington, NH]
- BerryDunn will work with an intern to lead several of BerryDunn’s commercial business clients through a comprehensive employee engagement assessment. [Manchester, NH]
- Casella Waste Systems will work with an intern to help modernize their recycling education and customer engagement strategy. [Rutland, VT]
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will work with an intern on their Environmental Sustainability efforts to reduce their environmental impact through the completion of established Sustainability Goals. [Lebanon, NH]
- Goodwill Industries of Northern New England will work with an intern to research purchasing and sustainability practices using best practices for sustainability. [Gorham, ME]
- ReVision Energy will work with an intern on their B Corp Impact Assessment and assist with event planning, promoting and outreach. [Brentwood, NH]
- Seacoast Eat Local will work with an intern on their Regional Farms/Farmers’ Market Ordering “App” and work on their Seacoast Grains Project conducting interviews with grains-based projects in Massachusetts and Maine and develop a similar model for the Seacoast Region. [Dover, NH]
- Timberland and the Smallholders Farmer Alliance (SFA) will work with an intern on a research-based gap analysis between farming practices used by SFA members in Haiti and practices required by the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC). [Stratham, NH]
Alnoba is dedicated to developing courageous leadership and sustainability models to help change people’s lives, create stronger communities, and save the earth we share. We believe that it is through deep personal reflection and connection to our humanity and the natural world that we access passion and purpose—transforming how we lead, live, love, build communities, and honor our planet. Lead from anywhere. Make a difference. Go deep inside to come out strong. Care about community. Connect. Live mindfully. Walk the earth. Be wild again. Eat local food. Access passion. Find your purpose. Take risks. Give back.
Our Alnoba entities share a commitment to make a difference, encourage the New Hampshire way of independent thinking, and are set in an inspirational and natural environment. All of the proceeds from Alnoba support our work with nonproﬁts, youth organizations, and the Kensington community.
Social Innovation Internship at Alnoba
The Social Innovation Intern at Alnoba will work with Alnoba staff to develop & implement sustainability initiatives across our 450 acre campus. Through this work, the intern will play a pivotal role in advancing our mission to be Net Zero (emissions & waste) by 2020.
Working hand in hand with the Sustainability Coordinator and staff the intern will:
- Develop Zero Waste practices specifically for medium to large events, including our Summer Solar Powered Concert Series.
- Assist with managing our In-Vessel Compost System.
- Conduct an energy audit for two buildings and work with Revision Energy to install a solar array.
- Participate in educational and public workshops & events
Location: Kensington, NH
BerryDunn is the largest certified public accounting and management consulting firm headquartered in Northern New England. With over 375 employees, our people bring flexibility, expertise, and experience to the traditional technical services expected of a CPA firm—providing high-quality, value-added services that support the complexities of our clients’ financial needs, at fees they can afford.
BerryDunn was founded in 1974 by three principals who sought to embrace client focus, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to the communities where we live and work. Surrounded by the natural beauty of New Hampshire’s many mountain ranges, rivers, lakes, and shores, our Manchester team prides itself on environmental stewardship and community service. As a member of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility, we are deeply involved as leaders and innovators in the local community and in protecting the natural environment, and take a forward-thinking role in driving positive change.
Comprised of nine members from BerryDunn’s Manchester office, our Community Action Board guides our local civic and sustainability initiatives. Our staff are members of and hold leadership positions in numerous civic groups, giving of their time and talents to support New Hampshire’s charitable organizations and help ensure their success. We regularly organize teams of volunteers to make a difference in our local communities by hosting holiday parties for local families in need, filling backpacks of donated food for students facing food insecurity, participating in United Way’s annual Day of Caring and Red Cross blood drives, serving at and donating to food banks, and much more.
Social Innovation Internship at BerryDunn
Employee Engagement Consulting Internship
Our Social Innovation Intern will lead several of BerryDunn’s commercial business clients through a comprehensive employee engagement assessment—a first-of-its-kind program for the firm—helping them understand, measure, analyze, and improve employee engagement at their companies. Through this work, you will play a pioneering role in advancing social responsibility efforts for businesses across New Hampshire and enhance BerryDunn’s ability to support the corporate sustainability of our clients.
Under the guidance of a team of dedicated professionals, you will:
- Improve BerryDunn’s Employee Engagement Consulting methodology by refining internal processes, systems, and supporting materials
- Lead BerryDunn commercial business clients through an initial employee engagement assessment
- Analyze assessment results and discuss them with clients, helping identify areas for short- and long-term improvement
- Synthesize assessment results and client feedback into a customized Employee Engagement Report that provides actionable information and recommendations to help clients make meaningful change
- BerryDunn’s findings and recommendations to key client personnel, facilitating meaningful dialogue and soliciting client feedback
If this internship is right for you, you will be:
- A top-notch writer, presenter, and communicator with a knack for translating complex business concepts into actionable, everyday language
- Someone who “geeks out” over the intersection of business and sustainability and has a thorough understanding of corporate sustainability principles and best practices
- A critical thinker who is passionate about helping busy business owners and decision-makers realize lasting value through improving employee engagement at their company
- Someone who is enthusiastic about organization, improving systems and processes, and attention-to-detail
- A proactive communicator who is committed to meeting and exceeding expectations
Casella Waste Systems is a vertically integrated solid waste resource management company headquartered in Rutland, VT. Founded in 1975, the company has established itself as a leader in providing customer-focused sustainable waste and recycling solutions. Casella’s methodical Resource Solutions approach applies the organization’s knowledge and experience in recycling, collection, organics, energy and landfills to create measurable economic and environmental value for its customers and communities.
Social Innovation Internship at Casella Waste Systems
Our Social Innovation Intern will support our recycling education and outreach strategy. Due to recent shifts in recycling markets, it is now more important than ever that our customers understand which items belong in their recycling bins. Without dramatic improvements, the recycling services that we have all come to expect could be at risk.
Specifically, the intern could be tasked with some or all of the following projects:
- creating educational recycling content (videos, photos, etc.) for our various media channels
- evaluating our website to better answer customers’ recycling questions
- supporting the creation of a searchable recycling tool (website and mobile app)
- building out the recycling education toolkits we offer to our municipal customers, college campuses, hospitals, K-12 schools, commercial businesses, and households.
The goal of the project will be to help modernize our recycling education and customer engagement strategy to ensure that we fully and consistently apply our core values of service, trust, responsibility, integrity, continuous improvement, and teamwork to this important aspect of our business.
Location: Rutland, VT
Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) integrates financing, business and industry expertise, and policy solutions to help grow good jobs, environmentally sustainable enterprises, and shared prosperity in Maine and other rural regions. CEI envisions a world in which communities are economically and environmentally healthy, enabling all people, especially those with low incomes, to reach their full potential.
CEI believes that our economy should work for everyone. As a mission-driven investor, CEI works closely with the businesses we finance and advise to address operational, workforce, and environmental challenges, while deepening our impact in key industries, such as farming, aquaculture, and food manufacturing, that can contribute to an inclusive and environmentally sustainable economy. We also provide counseling and training for individuals and families, recognizing that building assets and managing debt, as well as a good job, are key ingredients for family financial security.
Social Innovation Internship at CEI
The Women’s Business Center (WBC) at CEI provides advising and workshops to women owned and aspiring businesses in Maine. The programming was developed based on research from over two decades ago. While the programming is fine-tuned and adjusted each year, the organization is at an inflection point with staff changes and believes this is a critical moment to really serve women entrepreneurs in a different way than other service providers. With an end goal to create a program, which meets current needs and becomes recognized as the “go-to” service for female entrepreneurs, the intern, under the supervision of Sarah Guerette, Program Director of the Women’s Business Center at CEI, will:
- Design and implement a research study (to include surveys and interviews) of women business owners.
- Supplement primary sources with secondary source research of women business owners. This will include reading, understanding and summarizing the reports already produced on barriers faced, interventions/strategies and best practices.
- Finally, both the direct and indirect data will be incorporated into ideas for programming, training and services at the WBC to help make sure that the WBC stays relevant, builds our programming around client needs and input, and truly stands out from other entrepreneurial service providers.
The ideal intern would have strong technical acumen, research, analytical and communication skills, be a good listener and be very organized. They would also have an interest in small business development and in research and survey design.
Location: Portland, ME plus occasional travel to Brunswick office will be required
With deep roots in the live music scene, Concert Corps aims to place college students in full-time summer service positions focused on leveraging the collective power of live music, young people, and community service to create positive social and environmental impact. By organizing and implementing service programming at concerts, festivals, and other music events across northern New England, Concert Corps members will help the music industry’s nonprofit sector scale existing efforts and achieve otherwise unrealized potential for impact through national and community service.
Concert Corps is a program of the Old Sol Alliance, Inc., a past student track winner of the NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge. Founded in 2016 as part of a grassroots effort to renovate an abandoned movie theatre into a concert venue and community space in downtown Manchester, NH, Old Sol lives on by supporting the music industry’s vibrant nonprofit-sector scale existing programming and achieve otherwise unmet potential for community impact through service.
Concert Corps is a team-based Social Innovation Internship experience aimed at providing UNH students with skills and opportunities to leverage the power of live music to create positive social and environmental impact through service. Following a successful pilot in 2018, Concert Corps is now preparing for its second summer cohort in partnership with New England-based nonprofit organizations with deep roots in the live music scene. Designed as an extended, 13-week Social Innovation Internship, Concert Corps members will serve full-time from May 19-August 24, 2019.
Social Innovation Internship with Concert Corps
Concert Corps members will develop partnerships with local non-profit organizations to create social impact through hands-on service, donation drives, and generation of cash resources; build organizational capacity by recruiting and managing community volunteers for pre-show service projects; generate and leverage resources (cash and in-kind donations); and implement effective volunteer management strategies. Self-motivated with the ability to provide self-direction, Concert Corps members must be able to collaborate and thrive as active members of a team and be passionate about leveraging music to create social and environmental impact. Over the summer, Concert Corps members will engage music fan volunteers through pre-show service projects and other volunteer opportunities before concerts in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Internship 1
Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H), New Hampshire’s only academic health system, serves a population of 1.9 million across New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH.
DHMC in 2017 reused and recycled 33 percent of its waste (paper, corrugated cardboard and metal combined), creating a rebate cost savings of more than $50,000 from our landfill diversion. This offset DHMC’s waste costs by 25 percent. DHMC’s Waste Management Center, which is staffed by six employees who are split between two shifts, handles an average of 12 tons of waste and recycling daily. DHMC’s landfill diversion program includes nine different types of recycling: mixed recycling, office paper, composting, corrugated cardboard, electronics recycling, blue sterilization wrap recycling, universal waste (light bulbs and batteries) recycling, construction and demolition disposal, and scrap metal recycling.
Social Innovation Internship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock - Environmental Sustainability
Assist Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Environmental Sustainability efforts to reduce our environmental impact through the completion of established Sustainability Goals in the categories of leaner energy/water, better building, cleaner transportation, smarter purchasing, healthier foods, less waste and greener culture.
Location: Lebanon, NH
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC): Internship 2
Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H), New Hampshire’s only academic health system, serves a population of 1.9 million across New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH.
In addition to serving their patients, DHCM’s commitment also extends to their communities. The role of hospitals and health systems in creating healthy communities has historically been through increasing access to quality care, research and awarding of community grants. This is now being complemented by a higher impact focus—in what are called health care anchor institutions—to work with other community partners to address the social, economic and environmental conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes, shortened lives and higher costs in the first place. DHCM knows health is more than just providing health care. Working with community partners to address economic issues, such as education, employment and housing are just as important as addressing social behaviors, such as tobacco use, diet and exercise. All of these factors and more affect the health of our communities, and they are dedicated to being a part of the solution.
Social Innovation Internship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock – Anchor Work Team
Assist Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Anchor work team develop a scorecard approach to inform our Healthcare Anchor approach, which is developing ways to more intentionally use our health system’s hiring, employment practices, purchasing practices, community investments, and environmental stewardship to advance more equitable social and health equity of residents in the communities we serve.
Location: Lebanon, NH
The Freedom Café is a non-profit specialty café working 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. The Café provides a space for individuals and organizations to connect, learn, volunteer and invest in the mission to create a traffic-free world. If you are passionate about this mission and enjoy a great cup of coffee or tea, we invite you to share your energy and strengths to help us make a greater impact.
Social Innovation Internship at the Freedom Café
The Freedom Café Communication and Brand Development Intern will assist the executive director to advance the overall mission of the Freedom Café through the development of web, video and print resources that communicate the organizations mission, story, program and partnership opportunities, and social impact.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
- Redesign conscious consumer materials, print and web
- Optimize and manage marketing / missional awareness campaigns across digital and traditional formats
- Develop video training resources
- Design customer and partner-facing reports
- Attend internal meetings, training and development courses as agreed
- Perform other duties as assigned
Location: Durham, NH
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England (Goodwill NNE) is a nonprofit social enterprise that creates jobs, delivers needed services for people with diverse challenges, uses environmentally friendly products and processes – all while earning revenue to pay for and expand innovative workforce services in all three states. Goodwill NNE operates retail stores, health care and cleaning services which help fund the innovative workforce programs that empower individuals and families to find personal stability through work.
Headquartered in Portland, Maine, Goodwill NNE has a three state service area comprised of Maine, New Hampshire and nine northern counties in Vermont (Gran Isle, Franklin, Orleans, Essex, Lamoille, Caledonia, Chittenden, Washington and Orange). Combined, this territory encompasses slightly more than 50 thousand square miles. An autonomous 501 (c) (3) organization, governed by a volunteer local board of directors with members from throughout our three state region of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Goodwill NNE is a member of Goodwill Industries International (GII), which is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. There are 165 community-based Goodwill organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Each Goodwill organization is independent and autonomous, managed by local staff and a local Board of Directors.
Social Innovation Internship at Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
At Goodwill, sustainability is the deliberate integration of economic, social and environmental considerations as the driver of our business model to ensure long-term mission fulfillment. The Intern will research purchasing and sustainability practices, as well as support current practices.
Specifically, the intern will have the opportunity to learn best practices for sustainability in the workplace and about Goodwill’s purchasing practices through active participation on its Sustainability Committee. The summer project will entail:
Energy Tracking Processes re: Consumption:
- Review and discuss current process/documentation
- Research other ideas on improving current process and report
Energy Cost-Saving Analysis (Lights and other energy uses):
- Review and discuss current processes
- Research improving current process and report
Join/Participate on the Sustainability Committee:
- Plan events around the Good Food Bus
- Collaborate with various departments
Location: Gorham, ME
The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) empowers talented underserved and underrepresented future educators to teach and serve as leaders in American education because diversity is essential to excellence.
- Diversity. We believe that a diversity of educators, pedagogies, and ideas elevates the quality, expands the scope, and enhances the richness of education.
- Excellence. We believe creating a culture of inquiry that seeks to cultivate analytical rigor, high standards and innovation in approaches to teaching and learning as core attributes of our future educators is the most effective way to realize educational excellence in our schools, colleges, and universities.
- Influence. We invest in the next generation of educators because we know that a quality education provided by an effective teacher is the single greatest influence on student success.
- Empowerment. We believe that providing diverse students with educational and professional advocacy and mentorship in higher education will expand their career options as well as equip them to inspire more students as teachers, role models, and innovative thought leaders in education.
- Leadership. As an organization, we will act with intention and integrity in our decision-making, leadership, and governance through a culture of adaptability, assessment and introspection, and innovation. Fiscal sustainability is fundamental to our purpose.
Social Innovation Internship at the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers
The Social Innovation intern will support us with several key research projects, as well as provide day-to-day assistance with our Summer Workshop, a four week intensive academic fellowship program on the campus of Phillips Andover in Andover, MA.
Key responsibilities might include, but are not limited to:
- Conducting research using archival data on IRT matriculation and funding trends for past cohorts
- Supporting the IRT’s new social media and e-newsletter campaigns, including the promotion and development of the IRT blog
- Support in several data collection projects including, but not limited to: a record of academic publications by IRT alumni; recruitment metrics and outcomes for 2018-2019; an analysis of survey data on professional outcomes for IRT graduates
- Updating the IRT Resource Guide that compiles not only key information about graduate school applications, professionalism in academia, funding opportunities, but also provides key readings and canonical texts in our most popular areas of study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences
Location: Andover, MA
Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. Clients come to Koya—and return—for the gold standard in executive search. The executives we place are widely considered leaders in the nonprofit field.
Our founding philosophy, ‘the right person in the right place can change the world’, guides our work with clients across the country and around the world. Our team of close to 50 professionals nationwide hails from global executive recruiting firms as well as all corners of the nonprofit sector. Our combined experience provides us with an insider’s and outsider’s view of the field, and a deep network within the nonprofit and private sectors.
A key differentiator of Koya is that each member of our firm has a genuine passion for, and commitment to, mission-driven work. This firm-wide commitment impacts our approach to our work and results in trusted and lasting partnerships with our clients and candidates.
This commitment to mission-driven work is also core to how we treat our employees. Koya is a place where employees can bring their full selves to work; staff members are developed professionally and empowered to support the personal causes that matter most to them. We believe wholeheartedly that best-in-class service to candidates and clients can, and should, go hand in hand with being a best-in-class organization for our team.
Diversity is a deeply held value at Koya. We believe diversity spans gender, race, faith, ability and sexual orientation and strive to build diverse pools of talent in our work with clients and track metrics on diversity as a performance outcome for our recruiters. We are proud of the results of this commitment: over one-third of the leaders we place are executives of color and over 50% are women. Internally, we believe in and strive to foster a workplace in which all perspectives are valued and welcomed.
Koya has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, by Hunt Scanlon Media as one of the top 50 fastest growing executive search firms, and by Staffing Industry Analysts as a Best Staffing Firm to Work For in 2016 and 2017. In addition, Koya’s CEO & Founder, Katie Bouton, was named a 2016 Boston Brava Award Winner by SmartCEO, which recognizes high-impact women business leaders, and featured by the Boston Business Journal as an Emerging Leader for her success as founder and CEO of Koya. To learn more about our story, our values and our portfolio of clients at Koya, please visit www.koyapartners.com.
2018 Social Innovation Internship at Koya
The Social Innovation Intern will work with the research team to develop and implement research-based strategies to source candidates for Koya Leadership Partners’ executive searches. The research team is responsible for developing the pipeline of connectors and candidates at the start and the heart of each executive search.
The Research Intern’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Collaborate closely with the research team to develop and execute research to identify and contact potential candidates and connectors across a wide range of executive searches
- Develop lists of target organizations and individuals
- Conduct internet research to confirm contact information for prospects
- Efficiently and effectively input, retrieve and update information in Koya’s proprietary database
- Execute advanced research across an array of public and private sources, including Koya’s proprietary database, LinkedIn Recruiter, GuideStar, social media sites and tools, publications, and other informational sources on the web
Location: Newburyport, MA or Boston, MA
For the past 25 years, Lakes Region Community Developers (LRCD) has offered high-quality, affordable rental housing throughout the Lakes Region of NH and creates opportunities for the Lakes Region to thrive by developing healthy homes, creating vibrant community assets, and engaging residents. We currently own and operate a $53 million real estate portfolio comprising 365 affordable apartments in Ashland, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith, Tilton, and Wolfeboro. We also operate a four-unit, transitional housing program for homeless families. These families stay with us for about 18 months while they focus on securing stable employment and permanent housing, and developing habits leading to on-going confidence and self-sufficiency.
In addition, we are increasing our capacity for community building and engagement. As we deepen our relationships with our tenants and their neighbors through public safety and neighborhood improvement initiatives, we will coordinate mentorship, leadership and training opportunities to help residents achieve their goals for financial mobility and meaningful participation in civic life.
Social Innovation Internship at Lakes Region Community Developers
The LRCD Social Innovation Intern will participate in community organizing through outreach, scheduling and attending community meetings, as well as the planning and implementation of Youth Leadership Teams at two of the multi-family properties. By integrating youth into neighborhood planning and revitalization efforts, we can cultivate future leaders and be more successful in our community development efforts through allowing youth to define their issues, concerns, aspirations, and priorities, as well as plan and take action to improve their community. The intern will be responsible for inventorying capacities of youth and other residents, identifying strengths, and increasing leadership abilities to empower residents to take initiative to impact positive change.
Location: Laconia, NH + travel to properties Tilton, Meredith and Wolfeboro (mileage from main office reimbursed).
Lonza is one of the world’s leading and most-trusted suppliers to the pharmaceutical, biotech and specialty ingredients markets. We harness science and technology to create products that support safer and healthier living and that enhance the overall quality of life. Our Lonza Portsmouth site is a clinical-to-commercial, multi-product manufacturing facility located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, only 56 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. The site, which employs over 1,000 employees, is a custom manufacturer of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and recombinant proteins using mammalian cell culture.
Social Innovation Internship at Lonza Biologics in Portsmouth, NH
At Lonza, we invest in great people. We encourage our employees to challenge themselves and we offer an environment that fosters creativity and success. Part of this environment includes our Corporate Citizenship initiative which includes partnerships with organizations such as United Way, New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility, Volunteer NH, and Seacoast United. Lonza Portsmouth engages with the community throughout the year with events like the Harvest Open charity golf tournament, the Community Baby Shower, and through our annual Food and Coat Drive. The Corporate Citizenship team has started to focus on engaging the workforce in Portsmouth to utilize their Volunteer Day (a company benefit that affords employees the opportunity to take a day off from work to volunteer in the community). The UNH Social Innovation Intern will be tasked with helping build our volunteer initiative at the Portsmouth site by strengthening collaboration with key partnerships so that our vision of a sustainable, long-term pipeline of employee volunteerism is formed. The intern will also build a web-page on our intranet that employees can easily navigate to sign up for a volunteer opportunity that interests them and help promote the volunteering initiative on site. The intern will work closely with the Corporate Citizenship team in Portsmouth to help boost the sites volunteer program so that volunteering becomes part of the culture at the site. This will include establishing a metric to track progress by department of employees who have utilized their volunteer day.
Location: Portsmouth, NH
Imagine you own your home, but rent the land beneath it. The person or corporation that owns the land has you in a tight spot. If they decide to raise the rent every year, they can. If they decide to sell the land to someone who wants to make even more profit from it, they can. Worst-case scenario: They sell to someone who wants to get rid of all the homes and build a big-box store. He can do that, too. And it means you either have to abandon your house and lose all of the money you’ve but into it, or come up with thousands of dollars to move it. It’s a crazy-sounding scenario, but for most of the 2.7-million Americans who live in this country’s 50,000 mobile home parks, this scenario is a fact of life.
At the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, we think there’s a better, more-just way. We tackle this issue of unfair insecurity by helping residents of mobile home—nowadays, they’re called manufactured home—parks purchase their communities and manage them as cooperatives. Cooperative resident ownership is the quickest and most-straightforward means for these homeowners to gain the economic security that comes with land ownership—control over costs and community improvements, and limiting community closures.
The Community Loan Fund pretty much invented the solution to this problem, and today, almost 7,000 homeowners live in New Hampshire’s 127 resident-owned communities (ROCs). Before and after we finance resident community purchases, our ROC-NH team provides expert coaching and technical assistance through the life of the community’s loan. We don’t simply shake hands and walk away after a sale goes through.
The ROC-NH model has been replicated in 13 other states, through a national organization called ROC USA.
Social Innovation Internship at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
The Community Loan Fund will work with two highly motivated Social Innovation Interns. They will work alongside the ROC-NH staff canvassing and community organizing, creating budgets, and attending community meetings. As part of our work to educate and inform new communities, interns will also have the opportunity to learn and educate others about the stigma surrounding manufactured housing, and how it is a barrier to this important solution to our affordable housing crisis. You will be part of this innovative movement of the 127 (and growing!) ROCs in New Hampshire and even more communities nationally.
Interns won't be parked at a desk and never see sunlight. In this internship, they will work with the talented ROC-NH team in the office and the field and learn more about this affordable housing movement. It’s unlikely that two days will ever be the same!
Location: Concord, NH
Prime Buchholz LLC was established in 1988 and has grown to become a leading, uniquely independent investment advisory firm providing comprehensive investment solutions for more than 260 clients. Headquartered in Portsmouth, NH - with offices in Boston and Atlanta - Prime Buchholz was one of the first investment advisors to develop in-depth expertise in alternative investments such as hedge funds, private equity, and real assets. Their clients include educational endowments, private and public foundations, cultural and faith-based organizations, health care and insurance organizations, pension plans, and high-net-worth families. They work closely with their clients to create, implement, and monitor investment policies and asset allocation strategies to meet their unique investment goals. Throughout their history, Prime Buchholz has partnered with clients who have sought to align their investments with their missions. They have been helping clients - from endowments divesting from fossil fuels, to foundations proactively investing in solution-oriented products, to clients seeking managers that integrate environment, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their investment process - create portfolios that reflect their values for nearly three decades.
Social Innovation Internship at Prime Buchholz
Under the supervision of the co-chairs of the Firm’s Mission-Aligned Investment Committee, the social innovation intern will:
- Collect ESG policies and responses to ESG questionnaires across our recommended investment managers.
- Work with research professionals to score the managers with respect to ESG implementation and update this information in our central data repository.
- Assist members of the Mission-Aligned Investment Committee in the ongoing due diligence monitoring of recommended managers.
- Participate in Mission-Aligned Investment Committee meetings.
Location: Portsmouth, NH
ReVision Energy is a local, employee-owned company on a mission to accelerate New England’s clean energy transition from fossil fuels to solar energy. As a Certified B Corporation, ReVision is part of a global movement using business as a force for good to solve social and environmental issues. ReVision Energy consistently ranks among the best solar companies in the nation. The company was named 2017 Top Solar Rooftop Contractor in New England by Solar Power World and the 2018 Best Solar Energy Company by New Hampshire Business Review. Learn more at revisionenergy.com.
Social Innovation Internship at ReVision Energy
ReVision Energy’s Brentwood, NH location is looking for a Solar Champion & B Corp Ambassador to join our team for the summer. Nights and weekends may be required for marketing events. To succeed at this role, the intern will need to learn and understand both ReVision’s business processes and the technologies that Revision installs (Solar PV, ASHP, EV Chargers, etc.). Finally, and most importantly, passion, intellectual curiosity and excellent organizational skills are required, as well as being able to work in a fast-paced self-guided environment.
- B Corp Impact Assessment: Implementation of companywide environmental best practices such as greenhouse gas emission tracking and goal setting, indoor air quality monitoring, social and environmental performance training and policy practices with local vendors and supply chains.
- Events: assist in planning, promoting, and staffing public outreach/education events (Solar 101s, open houses, fairs, farmers markets etc.)
- Media: generate multimedia content (photos, videos, posts) for public outreach/education via social media channels
- Other activities could include assisting with grassroots outreach, writing blogs and articles, engaging former customer solar champions to boost referrals, and administrative support.
- Passionate about renewable energy
- Interested in learning ReVision Energy’s business process
- Must have great internal customer service skills, as well as good oral and written communication skills
- Must have strong organizational skills and be very detail oriented
- Must be able to work self-guided in a fast paced and growing environment
- Must bring a positive attitude; thoughtful ideas for growth of company are encouraged
- Competent in Microsoft, Excel, and data file management
- Must have reliable transportation and a clean and valid driver’s license
Location: Brentwood, NH
Seacoast Eat Local is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Dover, NH and serving the tri-county region of Rockingham, Strafford and York (ME) Counties. Seacoast Eat Local employs 3.25 FTE staff and is governed by a Board of Directors. The work of Seacoast Eat Local is encompassed in four major program areas: our annual local foods directory, Seacoast Harvest; SNAP/EBT acceptance and incentives services; the Winter Farmers’ Market Series; and the Seacoast Area Mobile Market (SAMM), the first and only mobile farmers’ market program in New Hampshire.
The mission of Seacoast Eat Local is to connect people with sources of locally grown food and to advocate eating locally for the health of our environment, community, culture and economy. Through advocacy, organizing and education, we work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers.
Social Innovation Internship at Seacoast Eat Local
The Seacoast region is blessed by local foods abundance by both land and sea, far beyond what is typically available in many sub-urban locations even within the state of New Hampshire.
Our most recent estimates count more than 200 commercial or semi-commercial farms in the tri-county region which engage in direct-to-consumer sales through farm stands, farmers’ markets, CSA shares or other means.
Despite our regional abundance, the local foods system is facing rapid change in the consumer landscape. Sales of CSA shares and reported customer attendance/vendor income at farmers’ markets is declining. Market research shows us that the main factors determining sales success of local farms as points of sale (farm stand, market or otherwise) are factors of consumer convenience. Namely: Do potential consumers have access to transportation, do they have time to transport themselves to and from the point of sale reliably and finally, can consumers make of all their intended food purchases from one point of sale (i.e. is there access to all food groups: meats, dairy, seafood, bread/grains and produce)?
Local markets and vendors are actively seeking to mitigate these potential barriers through greater collaboration between farms and farm products, as well as with flexible sales schedules and multiple modes of sale. In addition to these efforts, Seacoast Eat Local is working towards two primary mitigation efforts: 1) the establishment of a regional online-ordering platform for farms and farmers’ markets and 2) the establishment of a viable model for growing and selling local grains/flour at scale.
The Social Innovation Intern would be involved in the following two projects:
A Regional Farms/Farmers’ Market Ordering “App”
This project is slated for development in winter 2018-19 with an anticipated spring 2019 launch. An intern working to support this project would help to recruit and train potential farms and farmers’ markets, monitor use of the application by consumers, assist in marketing the application in Seacoast communities and researching/helping to develop specific uses of the application by Seacoast Eat Local such as an online ordering platform for mobile market deliveries.
Seacoast Grains Project
An intern would take up work left off by a current intern in researching and developing a model for assisting local farms to produce grains at scale for at a viable price point. Specifically, the intern would visit and conduct interviews with grains-based projects in Massachusetts and Maine and develop a similar model for the Seacoast Region. At the culmination of the internship, the intern will have a solid project proposal, will have gathered and documented information required for grant applications and will have assisted in lining up a cooperative of farms committed to pursuing this work.
Location: Dover, NH
The Farm at Eastman’s Corner is a community-governed year-round farm and marketplace committed to supporting our local farmers and food producers. We help build a strong community by providing a gathering space where we host free events, educational classes and children’s programs. We proudly give 100% of our profit and 5% of our sales to support Sawyer Park, a special place for kids and families.
Social Innovation Internship at The Farm at Eastman’s Corner
The Social Innovation Intern at The Farm at Eastman’s Corner will work with closely with the Agriculture & Sustainability Team to develop and implement workshops, classes & immersive experiences that help teach folks of the importance of sustainable agriculture and living.
Working directly with staff the intern will:
- Coordinate and lead groups of volunteers to help plant and harvest produce and berries
- Lead group talks and tours
- Develop a series of interactive activities for our annual Block Party
Location: Kensington, NH
At Timberland, we strive to be Earthkeepers in everything we do. We come to work every day with a purpose: to inspire and equip the world to step outside, work together, and make it better. We strive to make better products, greener cities, and stronger communities. Click here to learn more about our corporate responsibility strategy and impacts.
Since 2001, Timberland has planted over 9 million trees around the world, with a goal to plant 10 million trees by 2020. As Haiti is one of the world’s most deforested countries, Timberland has focused tree planting efforts there since 2010. Our partner in Haiti, the Smallholders Farmers Alliance, rose to our challenge to develop a self-sustaining agroforestry model that could continue its positive impact after Timberland’s financial commitment was complete. Based on the success of this model, Timberland sought to transition from being a philanthropic investor to a customer of Haiti smallholder farmers. Thus, Timberland and the SFA’s goal to reintroduce cotton farming to Haiti was born.
Our first step was to conduct a feasibility study published by the SFA in 2016, which found favorable conditions to reintroduce organic cotton to Haiti. Last summer, the first 100 smallholder farmers planted about a quarter hectare each, representing the first commercial cotton crop in Haiti since the late 1980s. The SFA’s 5-year plan is to expand to 14,000 smallholder farms growing 10 million pounds of organic cotton a year and for participating farmers to plant a corresponding 25 million trees during that period.
Social Innovation Internship at Timberland and the Smallholders Farmers Alliance
The 2019 Social Innovation Internship with Timberland and the SFA (based out of Timberland’s global HQ in Stratham, NH) will result in a research-based gap analysis between farming practices used by SFA members in Haiti and practices required by the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC). The goal is to understand how practices already implemented through the SFA model compare to practices required by the ROC, and how the latter could be integrated into the new data management system currently in development by the SFA. The findings will not only be used to provide recommendations to the SFA and member farmers for how to improve practices, but will also determine the feasibility for farmers to obtain ROC in the future.
- Strong research skills and experience writing reports based on literature reviews
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills to obtain information from members of the SFA, ROC, and Timberland
- Strong professional writing and proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word to communicate findings to broad audiences.
- work related to sustainability, business, and/or agricultural topics
- Detailed gap analysis between ROC requirements and current SFA farm practices
- Recommendations based off gap analysis
- Feasibility assessment for SFA farmers to obtain ROC and potential timeline
- Recommendations for incorporating ROC into the SFA’s new data management system
- Presentation to showcase results to broad audiences
This intern will report to Hugh Locke, Co-Founder and President of SFA, and Zack Angelini, Environmental Stewardship Manager at Timberland.
Location: Stratham, NH
TURBOCAM is a recognized world leader in 5-axis machining technology and has over 150 multi-axis milling machines producing prototype and production parts in 7 countries, offering expertise in 5-axis programming & milling of integrally bladed parts up to 1100mm such as: blisks machined from solid forging, axial and centrifugal impellers, turbines, compressors, expanders, turbochargers, pumps, stators, diffusers, nozzles, and individual blades. TURBOCAM's strength in software has helped to make prototyping a major emphasis of the company. TURBOCAM produces over 300 unique part designs per year & has grown into new areas of advanced part development for passenger jet aircraft engines and rocket engines. Learn more about TURBOCAM's mission: www.turbocam.com/our-mission
Social Innovation Internship at TURBOCAM
The Social Innovation Intern at TURBOCAM will conduct research throughout the summer regarding options for Child Care/Dependent Care benefits for its 500+ employees. The intern will analyze the research and conclude their internship with a presentation of their findings to TURBOCAM’s leadership team. In addition to being part of the Social Innovation Internships cohort, the intern at TURBOCAM will also engage with the company’s internal internship cohort.
Scope of project will include:
- Document current state and gain understanding of company culture and Mission and how that might drive decision making on this issue.
- Design and launch survey to current employee population to determine current and future needs for childcare.
- Gain understanding of need and use that to guide continued research.
- Research and gain insight/best practices on other companies that provide onsite childcare and other related options.
- Research and gain insight/best practices on the legal, state and insurance requirements for this type of undertaking.
- Explore options other than “onsite” childcare, such as local providers, considering individual and company cost aspects, as well as use of Flex Spending Accounts and company’s direct reimbursement (partial or full).
- Present on findings, pros and cons of all options.
Location: Barrington, NH
The UNH Foundation was established in 1989 to build private support for the University of New Hampshire. Our energetic team of dedicated professionals works in concert with the University to strengthen programs, support deserving students, provide opportunities for our talented faculty, enhance facilities, and address other areas of need. In May 2017, the UNH Foundation created the Committee on Investor Responsibility (CIR) to advise and educate the UNH Foundation Board’s Investment & Finance Committee on sustainable investing matters. One of the primary responsibilities of the UNH Foundation is to oversee the University’s endowment, and thus preserve the purchasing power of its endowed funds, while providing continuing and stable funding to support the current and future mission of UNH. The CIR is an important initiative which will help the Foundation more clearly align its investment philosophy with the University’s commitment to sustainability. The CIR was a key element in UNH’s successful 2017 initiative to achieve the Platinum rating in STARS (AASHE’s Sustainable Tracking, Assessment and Rating System). In 2018, the UNH Foundation transferred 16% of its portfolio into a fully sustainable investment pool
Social Innovation Internship at the UNH Foundation
The Foundation's Social Innovation Intern will help support the CIR and the Foundation’s continuing work on sustainable investing. The focus for this internship in 2019 is to further operationalize the Foundation’s engagement with its many fund managers to promote sustainable investing, building on the work of the 2018 internship.
This will include three related focus areas:
1. Developing an information tracking system of the Foundation’s investment portfolio that centralizes our sustainability-related knowledge for every fund manager in the portfolio, including a dashboard summary for the CIR and the investment committee to monitor progress.
2. Directly contact fund managers on the topic of sustainability at their firm, including phone calls, in-person and letters of appeal. This will also involve reviewing relevant third party resources, including those available from our consultant Prime Buchholz LLC (Portsmouth).
3. Evaluating the Foundation’s 2019 United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) reporting draft for updates to be included in the Foundation’s first official UN PRI reporting cycle in 2020. This will include identifying additional opportunities for enhancing the submission.
Location: Durham, NH
Volunteer NH is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the tradition of service in New Hampshire. Building on that strong volunteer spirit, we support and sponsor national service initiatives and provide training, recognition, and a central site for volunteers and volunteer programs to help them strengthen their communities.
Social Innovation Internship at Volunteer NH
Volunteer NH’s Social Innovation Intern will have a tremendous opportunity to gain real life experience in the realm of public engagement and collecting critical information to address some of New Hampshire’s most critical needs. Overall, the intern will develop the organization’s marketing plan and implement diverse promotion strategies. Under the supervision of Volunteer NH’s Program Officer, the intern will:
- Develop and implement a comprehensive marketing and outreach strategic plan for boosting awareness of the Get Connected web-based app, and therefore, growing the number of volunteers.
- Develop and implement a plan to grow the number of volunteer opportunities on Get Connected.
- Develop and implement a plan to boost the public’s engagement with Volunteer NH’s social media posts about Get Connected and other Volunteer NH program activities.
- Via an already secured Google Adwords for Nonprofits grant, design and implement a test of Google Adwords for volunteer recruitment and matching; researching keyword options; writing and testing ads; tracking performance and reiterating.
Assist in setting up public roundtable meetings, distributing surveys, and collecting input from NH businesses and the public sector on key areas of unmet need and gaps in service. This data will be used in the development of a 3-year NH State Service Plan outlining priorities and strategies for National Service funds to address the needs of the public.
- Report on findings from this summer to Volunteer NH leadership.
Location: Concord, NH