2020 Internships & Hosts

Our Social Innovation Internship hosts are leading for-profit, non-profit and government organizations, each with an innovative, market-based approach to achieve 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!

APPLY FOR 2020!
              
Application Deadlines:
Priority: February 16 | Final: March 1

February 4 | INFO-SESSION for PAID SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES
1:00-2:00 PM, Changemaker Hub (Nesmith 111)

Come learn more about the Sustainability Fellowship & the Social Innovation Internship programs and application process. No registration necessary.


Click on each host name to learn full details about the internship and host.

Community Development

  • As part of its mission to support community economic development across New Hampshire, the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) seeks an intern to advance data work in partnership with the communities we work. [Concord, NH]
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock seeks an intern to develop a Metrics Dashboard for tracking their Sustainability Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). [Lebanon, NH]
  • Lakes Region Community Developers seeks 3 interns to complete a composting study, a Laconia Homeownership Study and a Community Building Toolkit. [Laconia, NH]
  • Support, develop, track and promote a first-of-its-kind Lawrence Sports Leadership Collaborative via Beyond Soccer, Inc. that will enable the City’s sports programs to better communicate, collaborate, share assets, advocate and fundraise for much needed resources, and ultimately do a better job addressing the City’s existing sports and health inequities. [Lawrence, MA]
  • Lonza Biologics is seeking an intern to work on the Corporate Citizenship Team to help the Portsmouth site foster its mission. [Portsmouth, NH]
  • NH Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force, the “Task Force” seeks an intern to advance social media and marketing efforts, raising awareness of the issue of human trafficking in NH as well as drawing the community to respond. [Concord, NH]
  • The Town of Kennebunk, Maine seeks an intern to work on the town's trash, recycling and composting projects, including developing educational programming for residents and data gathering from other towns.

Social Enterprise

  •  Goodwill Northern New England seeks an intern to work directly with and undertake responsibility in Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Engagement, Recycling, Energy Use Reduction and Brand Awareness.
  • Koya Leadership Partners seeks an intern to assist in an update to the company handbook. Conducting research to integrate policies from partner organizations, and policies with a focus on topics such as inclusion and sustainability. Also ensuring compliance with State and Federal regulations. [Newburyport, MA]
  • The NH Small Business Development Center seeks a motivated and energetic intern/fellow to develop tools, resources, and educational information for its Business Sustainability Program. [UNH Durham, NH or UNH Manchester, NH]
  • ReVision Energy seeks a Solar Champion and B-Corp Ambassador to implement B Corp assessment goals at the individual branches and support customers in their solar journey. [Brentwood, NH, North Andover, MA]
  • Timberland/Smallholder Farmers Alliance will work with an intern to research and map a new cotton supply chain from field harvest to yard spinner for a Haitian nonprofit organization that is working with the company to create a sustainable supply of organic and regeneratively grown cotton for Timberland products. [Stratham, NH]
  • Unitil Corporation seeks an intern to support sustainability initiatives (mainly GHG inventory baseline expansion). [Hampton, NH]

 Sustainability in Banking & Investing

  • Piscataqua Savings Bank seeks an intern to to review their B Corp Social Impact Assessment to find ways to improve scores, implement changes and increase employee engagement. [Portsmouth, NH]
  • The intern at Prime Buchholz LLC will engage investment managers on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, help the firm enhance impact reporting to clients such as the University of New Hampshire and find ways to augment sustainability efforts at the firm. [Portsmouth, NH]
  • The Impax intern will focus on the latest research related to gender lens investing, as well as company disclosures about how gender-related issues are considered and managed. [Portsmouth, NH]
  • UNH Foundation seeks an intern to support continuing efforts to engage with its investment fund managers to promote sustainable investing, especially as it relates to climate change. [Durham, NH]

Consulting

  • Bad Lab Beer Co (BLBC) seeks an intern to assist in the B Corp certification process. [Somersworth, NH]
  • Help BerryDunn build a consulting practice to help clients create, grow, and protect value by implementing sustainable business practices. [Manchester, NH]
  • Lonza Biologics seeks an intern to work on the Corporate Citizenship team to help the Portsmouth site foster our mission. [Portsmouth, NH]
  • The Social Innovation Intern at TURBOCAM will conduct research regarding Diversity & Inclusion (D & I) Initiatives with a primary focus on TURBOCAM’s Recruitment Program for attracting and retaining employees and a secondary focus on the establishment of a more formal and broader companywide D & I program. [Barrington, NH]
  • ELA Consulting seeks an intern to work alongside a social impact strategist to expand their sustainability and social impact consulting services for clients, standardize a program and resources for organizations looking to transition to a B Corp, and hone communications and outreach. [Dover, NH]


Bad Lab Beer Co

Bad Lab logoCome for the beer, stay for the community. Bad Lab Beer Co (BLBC) is your casual neighborhood brewpub, set in a modern atmosphere. BLBC brews the freshest beers, serves inventive meals, and creates a positive impact in our community and local environment through the “Sustain Initiative”. BLBC’s goal is to provide an exceptional experience for employees and guests, all while serving seasonally inspired food and beer made with the finest ingredients.

Earlier this year, BLBC rebranded with the new tagline of Sip / Savor / Sustain, reflecting the three pillars of the business (beer, food, sustainability and community impact):

  • Sip: We craft the highest quality beer for your enjoyment. Brewed to be refreshing, modest and mature, enduring the test of time offering spectacular pairing with regional cuisine.
  • Savor: Inventive, classic and approachable, each item on our menu is prepared from scratch daily featuring the finest seasonal ingredients. You'll be craving our dishes long after you leave the brewpub.
  • Sustain: Blending an inviting, modern atmosphere with a dedication to community partnerships and environmental sustainability, Bad Lab is your neighborhood spot for live music, entertainment, and a great meal.
    • Under the Sustain pillar of the business, BLBC has launched the Sustain Initiative. The new Sustain Initiative includes a few different aspects:
      • Environmentally-Preferred Purchasing
        • We commit to purchasing products that have environmentally-friendly attributes including being produced in a manner that conserves energy, water, and natural resources, is recyclable or reusable, and is compostable or biodegradable.
      • Local Sourcing
        • We source as many local products as possible in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation and provide the freshest and most sustainable options to our customers.
      • Community Partnerships
        • We take community seriously at BLBC. We partner with organizations in the greater Somersworth region in the following focus areas: local partnerships, cultural preservation, environmental conservation and sustainability, and social equity. We are always looking for lively ways to engage local nonprofits and our customers.

Social Innovation Internship

Students who are interested in catalyzing social change at the systems, organizational, and individual levels should consider this internship. Students who are looking to eventually start their own business or work in consulting should also consider this project.

In 2020, BLBC hopes to make significant progress towards becoming a B Corp certified business. The goal of this project is to help BLBC hit a minimum of 80 points necessary for certification and assist in compiling documentation to submit for verification, as well as make recommendations for improvement and help implement recommendations as time allows. Anticipated outcomes include completed documents, a new and improved B Impact score, and a final report on the learnings and takeaways.

To date, BLBC has completed the initial B Impact Assessment and is in the process of compiling documentation and following through on necessary changes to proceed in the certification process.

  • The intern will work alongside the general manager and consultant to implement changes, complete and submit documentation, and make targeted recommendations or improvements.

The intern will have the opportunity to attend meetings, networking events, and take the lead in brainstorming sessions. The intern will also get an inside look at the operations of a microbrewery while gaining connections across the state, learning more in depth about how to integrate systems thinking into our work, and shift business practices to be more inclusive, sustainable, and equitable.

Students should have a solid understanding and interest in issues of sustainability and business. We are open to accepting an intern with an eclectic background – our trajectories are all different!

Location: Somersworth, NH

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BerryDunn

BerryDunn LogoBerryDunn 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 (NHBSR), 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.

Social Innovation Internship 

The intern will work directly with BerryDunn clients, as a liaison to BerryDunn, helping them assess employee engagement at their organization and providing actionable recommendations for improving employee engagement.

Assist with developing a practice that will be rolled out to the entire BerryDunn client base in the future and prepare to gain experience working in a professional environment while enhancing your knowledge of how to apply sustainable business practices in a corporate setting. This project gives the intern the opportunity to experience the implementation of corporate social responsibility in various forms and the nature of this consulting work will give an intern the opportunity to work with multiple organizations, allowing for fast learning and development.

Location: Manchester, NH

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Beyond Soccer, Inc./Lawrence Sports Leadership Collaborative (LSLC)

Beyond Soccer is a year-round, sports-based youth development program. The sport of soccer is the vehicle for connecting Lawrence kids and exposing them to new experiences, both on and off the field, building confidence and create opportunities for leadership, healthy living and academic achievement. We have a well-developed philosophy, track record, and working model of how sport can be used as a development tool to stabilize and improve kids' lives and combat social issues like childhood obesity and the disproportionate achievement gap linked to low income, minority populations, over an extended period of time.

We can all agree that our city youth and teens would be better served by a more robust Lawrence sports ecosystem which would enable them to participate in multiple, quality sports programs and leagues throughout their childhood so that they can develop the physical and social competency needed for success on the playing fields, but most importantly, success in life.

Since founding Lawrence Sports Leadership Academy (LSLA) 5 years ago with Everyone’s A Player (EAP); a first of its kind high-level multi-sport leadership experience, providing hundreds of Lawrence youth with access to quality sports, health and enrichment programming, we’ve been working closely with the various city sports leagues & programs to better understand their needs and find opportunities to both augment and enhance their efforts to impact more kids. What we’ve discovered is that these groups are led by dynamic and talented leaders but are operating in individual silos with little to no funding and an obvious lack of business resources. As a result, they’re struggling to keep their programs moving forward.

Motivated by that community need, and further influenced by the success and fellowship of LSLA, Beyond Soccer and EAP are confident that the establishment of the Lawrence Sports Leadership Collaborative (“LSLC” or “Collaborative”) will enable Lawrence sports programs to better communicate, collaborate, share assets, advocate and fundraise for much needed resources, and ultimately lead to our long-term goal of supporting a “more robust, thriving Lawrence sports ecosystem” for kids of all ages, abilities and needs, including the further growth and development of LSLA.

The current fragmented, under-resourced baseball community, coupled with The Red Sox Foundation’s expressed interest in Lawrence, has positioned baseball as LSLC’s incubator program, and is setting the structure for its important work moving forward. Beyond Soccer and Everyone’s A Player (EAP) are currently working on this initial effort (i.e. unifying the baseball community) and are confident it’s just the spark that is needed to substantiate the crucial role of LSLC in Lawrence, for many years to come. We know we are on the cusp of revolutionizing youth sports in the City of Lawrence, which, we hope can be used by others as a model for improving sports and health inequities in low income communities.

Social Innovation Internship

Assist in the further development of this important, innovative collective effort, including, but not limited to the following project responsibilities and goals;

  • Research, survey and compile data from Lawrence sports leaders and coaches related to program participation trends, resources, needs, challenges, and successes;
  • Build stories around that data;
  • Assist in the establishment of LSLC agenda, priorities, partners, and mission;
  • Organize and participate in planned LSLC partner meetings, including partner communication;
  • Coordinate and monitor LSLC timelines;
  • Engage in related grant research and proposal writing;
  • Prepare social media and press releases, including some design work for promotional material and anticipated website;
  • Prepare a final “State of Play” report/final project on Lawrence sports organizations and programs (to include a written document and PowerPoint final presentation to LSLC members).

As a member of our team, the Social Innovation Intern will play a central role in a first-of-its-kind community-changing effort that will provide an exciting growth opportunity in a fast-paced, impact-driven environment. Our goal is to expose the Intern to new perspectives that will further develop his/her interests and skills in unexpected ways. We are looking for a self-starter, who is ready to bring energy and ideas to the team. Ideally, our Intern wants to make the world better, with the growth mindset and problem-solving skills to make it happen.

Through this internship, be prepared to gain the following skills all while learning how to build something from the ground up

  • Improved leadership and organizational skills
  • Increased interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • Increased initiative and problem-solving skills

Skills preferred:

  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Strong communication skills, in person and on the phone
  • Strong computer skills and experiences working with excel or google sheets (website, social media and graphic experience, a plus)
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to proofread/edit
  • Experience working independently and as a member of a team
  • Passion and understanding of nonprofits including startups
  • Flexibility with regard to priorities and deadlines
  • Must be experienced working in multi-cultural, inclusive settings;
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (verbal), strong translation skills a plus.

Location: Lawrence, MA

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Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA)

cdfa logoAs part of its mission to support community economic development across New Hampshire, the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) assembles and uses relevant demographic, fiscal and other data, along with public input, to help guide its planning and funding priorities.

Earlier this year, CDFA embarked on an initiative to update its data collection, analysis and visualization capacity, including using more accurate, timely and relevant data to help drive planning and deployment of CDFA resources and develop data capacity in communities. To further this commitment, CDFA has been working in partnership with the NH Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) to advance a data analysis and visualization project.

In 2018, NHFPI used town-based data from the US Census/American Community Survey to develop a report titled "Measuring NH's Municipalities: Economic Disparities & Fiscal Capacities." Data sets used in the report included population, median age, property wealth, median income and several poverty indicators such as free/reduced price lunch and Medicaid enrollment. This report provided a high-level overview of the issues and challenges facing NH cities and towns, as well as regional and town-based trends and patterns.

Over the past several months, CDFA and NHFPI hosted a fellow from the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy to help develop an updated data framework (Recommendation – Memo, below). The framework has two elements:

  1. Developing an updated ‘core data community index’ to measure trends, opportunities and need.
  2. Creating a data-visualization platform that will enable CDFA to display the ‘core data community index,’ as well as other data indicators, in a user-friendly and accessible way facilitating engagement.

Over the coming year, we expect to further refine the index, deploy the data-visualization platform, and incorporate both into CDFA’s programs, an updated CDFA web site, trainings and engagement with communities. Engaging communities and nonprofit partners is the basis for this internship.

Social Innovation Internship

The intern will advance CDFA data work in communities. The intern will understand the underlying values of communities by working in a local nonprofit sponsored by CDFA. The intern will build capacity in the community and the specific nonprofit by,

  • Understanding the CDFA data index
  • Working with the nonprofit to contextualize the index
  • Presenting on the index to the nonprofit board and community
  • Completing an assessment of the nonprofit data capacity and needs
  • Identifying a data project within the nonprofit (tracking outcomes, building a outcome dashboard, aligning the index to the nonprofits strategic plan)
  • Complete the data project
  • Interviewing community and civic leaders

The goal of the internship is to,

  • Pilot data capacity building in nonprofits and communities (based on the home to Texas model)
  • Engage residents and employer
  • Encourage participation in civically focused activities
  • Identify ways to use, understand and take action with data
  • Meet communities and nonprofits where they are

Location: Concord, NH

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,800 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named in 2019 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 13 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.

Social Innovation Internship

The goal of the internship is to develop a Metrics Dashboard that incorporates our data collection with our Healthcare Anchor Committee in order to report regularly on our Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Over the course of the internship, the intern will receive the Metrics to be tracked and monitored regularly for reporting.

The intern will gain a wealth of knowledge of the operations of the Medical Center as well as what is important in Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare.

Location: Lebanon, NH

 

ELA Consulting

ELA Consulting offers targeting consulting and coaching services focused on catalyzing social change at the systems, organizational, and individual levels through vision and strategy development. We specialize in working with clients who emphasize sustainability and equity in their mission.
 
Services offered:
* Design and implementation of Sustainability and Social Impact plans
* Design and implementation Communications and Community Engagement plans
* Coaching focusing on leadership, business development, and/or transition mapping
* Facilitation of interactive and engaging retreats, workshops, and events
* Trainings, workshops, and other speaking engagements
 

Social Innovation Internship

In 2020, ELA Consulting will be launching new service offerings as well as rolling out monthly webinars designed to help businesses deepen their understanding of how to harness entrepreneurship as social change. The goal of this project is to expand sustainability and social impact consulting services for existing and potential clients, standardize a program and resources for organizations looking to transition to a B Corp, and hone communications and outreach. Anticipated outcomes include enhanced service offerings, marketing to potential new clients, and a final report on the learnings and takeaways.

The intern will work alongside a social impact strategist who has years of experience as a consultant working at the intersection of sustainability, equity, and social enterprise. The intern will be considered a partner in this work and will have the opportunity to join the consultant at networking events, meetings with current clients, and take the lead in brainstorming sessions.

Interns will get an inside look at the operations of a small consulting agency while also gaining connections across the state, learning more in depth about how to integrate systems thinking into our work, and shift business practices to be more inclusive, sustainable, and equitable.

Location: Dover, NH

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Goodwill Northern New England (GOODWILL NNE)

logoGoodwill 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, 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 in this position will work alongside the various groups that support the Sustainability model.

Specifically, the intern will have the opportunity to work directly with and undertake responsibility in are; Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Engagement, Recycling, Energy Use Reduction and Brand Awareness.

Location: Gorham, ME

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Impax

impax logoImpax is a leader in the field of gender lens investing. In 2014, we launched the first mutual fund that invests in the highest-rated companies in the world when it comes to advancing women’s leadership. The Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund is designed to capture the investment returns associated with gender diverse leadership. We are also a leader in promoting greater gender diversity on corporate boards. Our shareholder engagements focus on influencing corporate policies and behavior so that companies are well-positioned to take advantage of the benefits associated with gender diversity.

Social Innovation Internship

The focus of this internship will be on the latest research related to gender lens investing, as well as company disclosures about how gender-related issues are considered and managed. Impax uses this information to inform our investment process and our engagement with companies.

  • Gender talent pipeline development
  • Gender pay equity
  • Adoption of gender-related goals and targets
  • Initiatives to prevent gender-related violence and discrimination
  • Mapping/tracking gender-related impact
  • Mapping and tracking gender-related legislation by country

Location: Portsmouth, NH

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Koya Leadership Partners

koya logoKoya Leadership Partners, part of Diversified Search Group, 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.

Social Innovation Internship

The intern will complete an update to the employee handbook to be rolled out upon end of internship. Project goals include but are not limited to:

  • Integrating policies with partner organizations
  • Cutting edge policies with focus on topics such as inclusion and sustainability
  • Ensuring compliance with State and Federal regulations

Interns will gain experience in HR integration, compliance, insights into Finance and Operations of mid-sized company, as well as critical thinking, business writing, and project management skills.

Location: Newburyport, MA

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Lakes Region Community Developers

LR logoLakes Region Community Developers is a 501c3 non -profit organization whose mission is to help the Lakes Region thrive by developing healthy homes, creating vibrant community assets, and engaging residents. Founded in 1988 as the Laconia Area Community Land Trust, LRCD has developed 365 healthy and affordable rental homes in Ashland, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith, Tilton, and Wolfeboro. In 2017, LRCD expanded its mission to include new types of real estate development to meet evolving needs in the region and new programming that empowers residents to effect positive change in their communities.

Social Innovation Internship (three available)

We are a small non-profit organization with seven full-time staff. The projects described here in our application are critical to our ability to move forward with our next strategic plan (2021-23) and to grow our community building & engagement program . But they are projects that we have struggled to complete over the last two years due to limited staff capacity. Our interns will add much-needed capacity to complete very specific analyses that we have identified as crucial to future planning and program implementation . These interns will have a visible and long-lasting impact on our organization and on the low-income families that we serve.

We seek three interns to help us complete two business planning projects that will feed into our 2020 strategic planning cycle and to help us create a staff and volunteer tool kit for our community building & engagement program.

Composting Study

The first project is to analyze the feasibility of establishing a social enterprise composting business that would provide composting service to our rental apartments and eventually for commercial customers in our region. As the market for recycling declines, we want to know if composting at our properties could generate sufficient cost­ savings to justify establishing the social enterprise. This is in line with our priorities as a NeighborWorks designated Green Organization and could be a way for us to create a new income stream for the organization. The anticipated outcome would be a determination the feasibility of this idea which the board of directors would incorporate into the organization's strategic plan. The tangible product resulting from this project will be a written report summarizing the analysis and findings.

Laconia Homeownership Study

The second project is to analyze the grant agreements and other legal documents pertaining to nine of our oldest multi-family rental properties in the City of Laconia to identify which of these, if any, we could sell as affordable homeownership opportunities. Most of our rental portfolio in Laconia is composed of scattered duplexes and fourplexes.  These properties could possibly be turned into condominiums and sold as individual units or the duplexes could be sold to a family that lives in one unit and rents out the other to  help them afford the mortgage. The project will also entail analyzing local real estate market data and interviewing local realtors. The project goal is to determine whether any of these properties can be sold (e.g., have past liens associated with funding sources expired) and if yes, what is the best way to sell each property based on local market conditions (e.g., condo the building and sell each unit separately or sell the entire building to one family to live in one unit and rent the other?). The outcome would be a determination as to which properties we should sell and in what configuration, which the board of directors would incorporate into the organization' s strategic plan. The tangible product resulting from this project will be a written report summarizing the findings.

Community Building Toolkit

The third project is to create a written tool kit to operationalize new practices in our community building & engagement program, which started in 2018. In just two years, we have started community gardens, organized block parties, started neighborhood watch programs, and built a playground. We have done all of this in a very ad hoc manner. At this stage, we are trying to establish "Resident Councils" at several of our properties to continue the work that our staff has start ed to engage residents in projects that improve their neighborhoods. We need a tool kit for those volunteer councils to use to help facilitate their work. We envision the tool kit will include templates such as for meeting agendas, meeting minutes, and social media posts; checklists for organizing different types of event s (BBQs, winter carnival, pumpkin carving, etc.); checklists and instructions for neighborhood beautification projects; and a compilation of other organizations and resources that may be useful to volunteers. The intern for this project will shadow and interview resident leaders and our community building staff and then conduct independent research and writing to ultimately produce an electronic binder on Dropbox with all the tools needed to help facilitate this work (in a format that is easy to update).

The intern for our first and second projects will gain real-world experience crafting critical pieces of a strategic business plan. The intern for our third project will learn basics of community organizing and gain experience creating written training tools.

Location: Laconia, NH

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Lonza Biologics

lonza logo

Lonza is a company of high-performing teams and of individual employees who are encouraged to act with an entrepreneurial spirit on behalf of customers. As a global organization, Lonza is focused on achieving the strategic vision of being the world's leading, integrated solutions provider for its pharma and consumer healthcare and nutrition customers all along the healthcare continuum.

The Corporate Citizenship team at Lonza Portsmouth has a mission statement that we believe defines who we are: We harness the passion of Portsmouth’s workforce to make positive impact on the seacoast community in the areas of public service, education, and environmental sustainability.

Social Innovation Internship

The goal is for the summer intern to help define and devise projects and beliefs that will drive behavior into the future at Lonza. For instance, in the past, the intern has helped set-up our community service initiative. Now that we all have a year more experience, we would like the intern to help us take our Corporate Citizenship team to the next level by focusing our efforts to help us achieve our vision statement (Corporate social responsibility is core to who we are. It is demonstrated by our actions and is recognized by others for the impact that we have on improving our communities and the surrounding environment.)

The intern will develop leadership skills, communication skills, and interpersonal skills in this role as they will be the main driver for the projects they work on during the summer. The intern will have a large say in how Lonza move’s forward with the Corporate Citizenship team over the summer as the intern is fully dedicated to this initiative for the summer. The intern will be  expected to work independently, and prioritize activities based upon feedback gathered from internal stakeholders.  Therefore, what projects are tackled, and how they are tackled, is largely left to the intern.

The successful candidate will be flexible and proactive and work on 3 main projects

  1. Help organize employee volunteer opportunities for New Hire Orientation
  2. Work with various functional departments to set up future team-based volunteer opportunities.
  3. Develop the Lonza Olympics further - A month long event (started in 2019) where points are tallied based on volunteering, alternative commuting, bringing in reusable utensils/mugs, exercise etc. Prizes are awarded to the winners.

Location: Portsmouth, NH

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NH Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force

nhhttf logoThe NH Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force is a collaboration of law enforcement, service providers, attorneys, state agencies, and other community stakeholders dedicated to improving the statewide response to human trafficking. Our mission is to develop and implement a multidisciplinary response to human trafficking in New Hampshire that is coordinated and collaborative, victim-centered and trauma-informed, includes prevention, and holds offenders accountable.

The Project Director of the Task Force is embedded within the NH Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence. The Coalition acts as the umbrella organization for the state’s 13 crisis centers (including 12 domestic violence shelters). Many of the individual crisis centers have responded to the needs of trafficking survivors since their inception and were instrumental in the effort that led to the enactment of NH’s strong human trafficking, domestic, and sexual violence laws.

Social Innovation Internship

One of the most common things that the Task Force hear from people is that they had no idea that human trafficking was happening in New Hampshire or that it could happen to New Hampshire residents. We use our digital tools to reach community members across the state and raise their awareness of this issue, what it looks like in their state, how to prevent human trafficking, protect their families/selves and how to get involved in the response. The more people who are aware and helping to prevent and protect, the less traffickers can succeed. A trafficker’s success rests in the community’s lack of knowledge. They fly under the radar. Good marketing leads to awareness and good reporting which leads to better investigations by police and a better chance that cases will be prosecuted. It also means that victims of this crime will identify as such or be identified and be directed to the right supports and safety.

The Task Force utilizes several avenues for our web-based marketing and would like assistance getting a schedule together that focuses on clear, consistent messaging to our target audiences via Social Media. We currently use Hootsuite to manage our Facebook and Twitter accounts and have a website (through Squarespace) within which we host a monthly blog. Finally, we provide a quarterly e-newsletter through MailChimp.

This internship will focus on enhancing our presence on Facebook, Twitter and possibly the website. The intern will be asked to review what posts/tweets have looked like in the past, review communication goals and target audience personas (communication guide already prepared) and put together a schedule of posts/tweets.

The intern will also be asked to look at how best to draw more attention to the Task Force’s media campaigns, review the possibility of using google ads, review any grants available for using ads (such as google ads), and other similar opportunities.

Sharing office space with the Task Force Project Director, the intern will accompany the Project Director to stakeholder meetings, Task Force meetings and training/community events which take place during the internship period, which will provide an intern with additional learning and networking opportunities with direct service organizations across the state, homeless services, law enforcement and others serving vulnerable populations and educating the community.

The intern will gain the following skills and expertise:

  • Creating and executing a digital marketing campaign
  • Using Hootsuite for a non-profit marketing campaign
  • Applying marketing knowledge to social justice awareness
  • Exposure to grant based work
  • Communication in a multi-disciplinary program/response and communicating in a way that is meaningful to different audiences (social workers vs law enforcement vs community members).

Location: Concord, NH

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New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC)

SBDC logoThe NH Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC) is the leading resource for business advising and education for small businesses in the Granite State. Through a network of advisors, the NH SBDC delivers one-on-one confidential business management assistance to a wide variety of industries.  Assistance is provided to businesses in all stages of life (launch, development, growth and sale).

NH SBDC’s Business Sustainability Program (BSP) helps companies improve their management practices to embrace principles around sustainability, advising around a business’ environmental footprint, sustainability and energy efficiency (including financing of energy projects).  This program was established in 1998 as a compliance assistance program and has adapted its mission to embrace and promote all aspects of sustainable management. The goal of the BSP is to help business owners adopt best management practices to reduce operational risk, increase profitability and therefore, enhance the value of her or his company.

NH SBDC recently received a $30,000 two-year grant from Eversource to support the BSP. The partnership will focus on strengthening the program in three key areas: awareness of available energy efficiency programs, services and resources through NHSaves; energy efficiency training and education for SBDC staff working with small businesses; and connecting businesses to those resources and programs. In addition, together NH SBDC and Eversource will develop an e-Learning course on energy efficiency for businesses to add to the SBDC’s robust curriculum of online business education opportunities.

Social Innovation Internship

The NH SBDC is proposing to incorporate the intern into four aspects of the BSP, supporting the greater NH business community around the topic of sustainability. The intern will help:

  1. Develop a best practices document for advisors on how to support businesses as they look at energy improvements (an internal playbook);
  2. Develop content (articles, social media) on BSP issues, including helping to coordinate strategic partners to write for us and adapting content from Eversource info and data;
  3. Update the BSP website landing page, building content on topics such as B Corps, business resiliency, industry specific tips, and important tools to help businesses improve operations; and
  4. Research and prepare e-courses/video outlines for NH SBDC’s e-Learning platform. 

The NH SBDC provides:

  • An intimate, hands-on learning experience working closely with the NH SBDC State Director, Education Director and the Business Sustainability Program Director, giving the intern a high level of support and training.  In addition to working closely with the NH SBDC team, the intern will work with the BSP’s partner, Eversource, and organizations that support energy efficiency and sustainability programming for business, including: NH Saves, Clean Energy NH, and The Nature Conservancy;
  • A vantage point that will introduce the intern to careers at the intersection of business and social mission, while helping SBDC create tools and resources that will help our clients and the NH small business community tackle social, economic and environmental challenges;
  • An infrastructure to help the intern actively connect with other interns and partners throughout the network.

NH SBDC would like to leverage the information and tools developed from this internship to the greater SBDC network. The NH SBDC is part of a national association of Small Business Development Centers (America’s SBDC (ASBDC)) of which there are 63 programs located in each state and the territories. The work that is undertaken and the tools that are developed as a result of this internship can be shared across this entire network.  In addition, the New England SBDCs meet annually for a professional development conference, and the tools and information that are developed can be shared there.

The intern’s work will have an impact! The expression “Think Globally, Act Locally” applies in that the intern will be incorporating well-established sustainability concepts to bring to the small business community here in NH.  The information and tools the intern develops will give NH small businesses the needed resources to help them succeed. Since the NH SBDC is part of a national network, the work that is undertaken can be shared across the SBDC organization, affording the student an opportunity to impact thousands of small businesses here in NH and across the country.  Lastly, the NH SBDC is a well networked organization within the state; the intern will be exposed to many organizations, groups, businesses, and entrepreneurs with whom to network and connect.   

Location: UNH Durham, NH or UNH Manchester, NH

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Piscataqua Savings Bank

logoPiscataqua Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank dedicated to providing financial services and support to members of the Portsmouth community. We are focused on helping individuals and families reach their goals while seeking every opportunity to provide outstanding service.

While mutuality has been the core component in shaping the culture of Piscataqua Savings Bank, it is often difficult to explain to the public how mutuality works and why the Bank is different from other financial institutions.  Being owned by our customers allows us to focus our attention more on customers and community, instead of shareholder value and profit.  This focus is the driving factor in the Bank’s culture and the basis of the Bank’s reputation for outstanding customer service and doing right by our customers, community and employees.  So, how do we explain what makes us different from other financial institutions?  Our Board of Trustees determined the answer was for the Bank to become a certified B Corporation.

B Corporations are certified by a third party, B-Lab, to very rigorous standards to assure that the company is doing right for all stakeholders.  We joined with 2,800 other businesses from around the world that are certified B Corporations to demonstrate to the community that Piscataqua Savings Bank meets the high standards of a B Corporation.

Social Innovation Internship

We are a new B Corp with great potential and much room for improvement. Finding ways to help a financial institution become sustainable will be a challenge. There is also the opportunity to facilitate positive change in the organization to become more sustainable and create habits so that it is top of mind in the decision-making process.

We will be able to assist others who may want to achieve this status. The goal of the intern will be to help the organization find ways to improve the bank’s social impact scores, both in the short and long term and investigate ways that Piscataqua Savings can enhance employee engagement.  Piscataqua Savings is the second Bank in the state to become a B corp and the intern will help us look forward to our next B-Lab recertification.

Location: Portsmouth, NH

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Prime Buchholz LLC

prime logoPrime 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 250 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.

Our 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.  We work closely with our clients to create, implement, and monitor investment policies and asset allocation strategies to meet their unique investment goals.

Throughout our history, Prime Buchholz has partnered with clients who have sought to align their investments with their missions.  We 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 Intern

In 2019, we brought on two interns to enhance outcomes. One of those interns is now a full-time employee and will provide support and guidance throughout the project.

Under the supervision of the co-chairs of the Firm’s Mission-Aligned Investment Committees, our social innovation intern will:

  • Collect ESG policies and responses to ESG questionnaires across our recommended investment managers.
  • Work with data and 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 Committees in the ongoing due diligence monitoring of recommended managers.
  • Participate in Mission-Aligned Investment Committee meetings.
  • Actively make recommendations to maximize impact of the firm’s sustainability initiatives.
  • Partner with the firm’s other interns on a cross-functional project to be presented to senior management.

This project offers exposure to investment professionals across our firm, as well as leading investment firms across a variety of asset classes (hedge funds, private equity). In addition to offering the opportunity to build broad knowledge of the investment industry – and how the industry addresses ESG – the internship will provide exposure to project planning and management, client reporting, team-work and making presentations.

Location: Portsmouth, NH

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ReVision Energy

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ReVision Energy is an Employee Owned full-service design, engineering, and installation company with an unmatched depth of experience in Northern New England. Our products range from Solar PV, Heat Pumps, and Batteries. Our company has been awarded the 2019 Clean Energy Company of the Year by the Northeast Clean Energy Council and ranked in 3 categories in B Corp’s “Best for the World” honors in 2019, putting ReVision Energy in the top 10% of impact-driven businesses globally.

Since our founding in 2003, ReVision has grown from two solar geeks in a garage to more than 260 employees across five locations in 3 states. Our success is centered around a hiring philosophy of attracting exceptional, self-motivated individuals and empowering them to be the best professionals in the industry.  

Social Innovation Internship

Our North Andover, MA & Brentwood, NH branches are currently looking for a Social Innovation Intern to become our Solar Champion and B-Corp Ambassador.  This internship is for an individual excited to be on the front lines of solar’s rapid growth. The ideal candidate will expand our ability to connect with our customers, develop and manage events in the local area and keep our B Corp Assessment goals and metrics up to date for all branches.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Support customers in their solar journey by coordinating their ‘Solarversary’s, post-installation follow up visits and sharing stories.
  • Gather and record metrics for the B Corp assessment from individual branches. 
  • Work with the marketing team to help out with events

The intern will gain the ability to:

  • Gain knowledge and experience in the solar energy industry
  • Learn how an ESOP and Certified B Corp operates 
  • Navigate the B Lab Impact Assessment
  • Develop Customer Service & Communication Skills, 
  • Work with a mission-driven team in a fast-paced environment, 
  • Problem-solve

Desired Qualifications:

  • Passion for our mission
  • Responsiveness
  • Attention to detail 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High-level of computer prowess
  • Reliable & flexible source of transportation

Location: North Andover, MA & Brentwood, NH

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Timberland/Smallholder Farmers Alliance

timberland logoFounded in 1973, Timberland is a global outdoor lifestyle brand based in Stratham, New Hampshire, with international headquarters in Switzerland and Hong Kong. Best known for its original yellow boot designed for the harsh elements of New England, Timberland today offers a full range of footwear, apparel and accessories for people who value purposeful style and share the brand's passion for enjoying - and protecting - nature.

At the heart of the Timberland’s brand is the core belief that a greener future is a better future. This comes to life through a decades-long commitment to make products responsibly, protect the outdoors, and strengthen communities around the world. To share in Timberland's mission to step outside, work together and make it better, visit one of our stores, timberland.com or follow us @timberland. Timberland is a VF Corporation brand.

The Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) works to feed and reforest a renewed Haiti using a new agroforestry model in which smallholders plant trees to earn credits that they exchange for seed, tools, training and other agricultural and community services. Timberland has supported this SFA 'tree currency' approach since 2010, resulting in farmers planting 7.5 million trees, crop yield increases averaging 40%, and household income increasing between 50-100% for participating farmers. More recently the SFA has used tree currency to reintroduce cotton to Haiti, resulting in a high value export crop that is directly linked to planting even more trees.

Social Innovation Internship

Our work to re-introduce organic cotton growing to Haiti is a groundbreaking project that has received much interest in sustainability-oriented media. The intern who is chosen for this assignment will gain unique and valuable first-hand experience of launching a new sustainable business that will enrich the environment, improve farmers' lives and will be a model for other markets.

The goal of this internship project is to equip and empower the SFA to deliver sustainable cotton to a number of customers in the most efficient, traceable, and transparent way possible. The anticipated outcome will be a process map/guide that will chart the path for the cotton from field harvest to yarn spinner. The process map/guide will include recommendations for systems and potential vendors that will enable the SFA to adhere to the path and meet customer expectations going forward.

To create the map the intern will:

  • Research and recommend a bar code system to track cotton bale testing and quality
  • Research and define export/import requirements to move Haitian grown cotton to the US
  • Liaise with cotton storage facilities, fiber testing facilities , and yarn spinners to identify how the SFA can adhere to all requirements and to recommend any investments the SFA needs to make to create a standard operating procedure to move cotton through the supply chain.

Knowledge of fiber processing and/or supply chain management is a plus but not required. Essentially, we're looking for someone who enjoys research, is comfortable asking questions, can work independently, can identify needs and/or gaps in a process and seek out ways to fill them.

The intern will become an expert on building supply chains and managing the movement of cotton fiber from emerging markets into the U.S.. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to play a much needed and pivotal role in the development of a new social business that will sell cotton through a program that not only reforests Haiti but that also improves farmers' crop yields and incomes.

This project creates long term positive and sustainable change for farmers in Haiti and the environment and it provides a replicable model for other organizations to use. The SFA's tree currency model has proven its value. Through the model, smallholder farmers volunteer their time to plant, transplant and maintain trees in local tree nurseries. They earn credits for their time spent in the nurseries that they can use to acquire better quality seed, basic hand tools and agricultural training that led to an average 40% increase in farmer crop yields and an average 50% - 100% increase in income. The increased income has enabled farmers to send more of their children to school. Meanwhile, the farmers are planting trees in their communities that is increasing tree cover in Haiti, which is one of the world's most deforested countries.

The cotton project complements the tree currency model by creating a crop for export that will enable the network of tree nurseries and the number of farmers engaged to scale. Meanwhile, the SFA is in conversation with other NGO's in other countries (including Puerto Rico) to explore adapting the model to meet the most pressing economic and environmental challenges in those locations.

Location: Stratham, NH

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Town of Kennebunk, Maine

TOK logoThe Energy Efficiency Committee is a committee of the Town of Kennebunk, Maine located 25 miles north of the New Hampshire border. As of the last census, Kennebunk recorded a little over 10,000 residents.  It operates with an elected 7 member Select Board who appoints a Town Manager to run the day to day operations and works with them on strategic planning for the future.

Social Innovation Internship

The Social Innovation Intern will work on the Town’s trash, recycling and composting projects. Said intern will develop educational programs via demonstrations, dumpster “dives”, films, speakers to change the habits of the Kennebunk residents to improve the performance of these endeavors. The Intern will not be expected to do all of the above but will be expected to develop one or more of these programs from the beginning to the end with the intent of analyzing how trash, recycling and composting (“trc”) impacts CO2 emissions, how to reduce waste and costs and how to improve these functions. The Intern will select a program(s) to initiate from booking the venue, developing an advertising campaign working with social media and the press and presenting the program with the guidance/advice of the EEC as needed. The Intern will have the opportunity to work with a UNH Sustainability Fellow on the Global Covenant and how “trc” relates to climate change issues. The Town’s current PayIt system has many issues that result in anger on the part of some residents and duplication of costs for others. The Intern will be expected to make recommendations for changes in the existing program by collecting data on how other towns are coping with these issues, what the state may or may not be doing and what the Town needs to do to improve this program.

Main goals: Develop educational programs for the residents that may have to be repeated on an ongoing basis; gather information from other towns or entities that would support changes to the Town’s program and perhaps develop plans for a consortium of some sort for multiple towns to work on these issues together going forward.

The Intern should have curiosity, the ability to think outside the box, not be afraid to get down and dirty and be willing to work with an aging population.

Location: 

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TURBOCAM

turbocam logoTURBOCAM is a mission-driven global engineering solutions company based in Barrington, NH, that specializes in five-axis machining.

 

Social Innovation Internship

The Social Innovation Intern at TURBOCAM will conduct research throughout the summer regarding Diversity & Inclusion initiatives for attracting qualified candidates and retaining employees at TURBOCAM. The intern will analyze the research and conclude their internship with a presentation of their findings to TURBOCAM's leadership team and the College Recruitment Program Coordinators. 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:

  • Review current statistical data (example: Affirmative Action Program -AAP) and further document current state, gain understanding of company culture and Mission and how that might drive decision making on this topic.
  • Collect and gain data/insight into Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at similar organization, online information, articles, research papers, videos, etc.
  • Design and launch survey to similar organizations to deter mine benchmark and best practices for Diversity & Inclusion.
  • Gain understanding of need and use that to guide continued research.
  • Present on findings, pros, and cons of all options.
  • Help support translation of these best practices into the workplace.

The intern should have:

  • High emotional intelligence with the ability to manage conflict and competing viewpoints while building community for the greater good of TURBOCAM.
  • Experience coordinating research projects and the ability to maintain and compile accurate, detailed records and reports.
  • Ability to analyze data and effectively present information in a variety of formats/styles for different audiences.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, demonstrate maturity, and exercise reasonable judgement and initiative taking throughout the scope of the project.
  • Candidates majoring in Sustainability and/or Business preferred. Rising Senior preferred.
  • Willingness to support TURBOCAM's Mission.

Intern will gain the following skills:

  • Ability to navigate through different levels of an organization and manage positive conflict, while gaining understanding of high-level decision-making within an organization.
  • Ability to increase own knowledge of contemporary issues of inclusion, implicit/explicit bias, diversity, access, and equity and how to navigate through similar scenarios in the future.
  • Furthering experience in data analysis, generation of a formal report, and presentation to senior-level management of the organization.

Location: Barrington, NH

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Unitil Corporation

Unitil Corporation is an interstate electricity and natural gas utility company that serves areas in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. Unitil, as a small investor owned utility, released its inaugural Corporate Sustainability Report in 2019.

Social Innovation Internship

The project goals are twofold: assist with green building certification documentation and companywide sustainability initiatives. Unitil is currently building a new operation center in Exeter, New Hampshire – this will be the first company building project to incorporate the organization’s sustainability goals. For the project three different building certifications are being attempted: LEED, WELL, and Energy Star. Part of the requirements for WELL include creating educational materials on all the sustainability features of the building to share with building occupants; creation of this material will be anticipated outcome from the intern.  The information needed to compile the sustainable building guide is already available.

A strong interest in creating a more sustainable built environment, green building standards and some awareness of construction/building terminology would be helpful in developing the building guide. The intern will develop thorough knowledge of both the WELL Building Standard and U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Location: Hampton, NH

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University of New Hampshire (UNH) Foundation

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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.  One of the key roles of the UNH Foundation is to oversee the University’s endowment, striving to preserve the purchasing power of its endowed funds for many years to come, while providing a continuing and stable funding source to support the current and future mission of UNH.

The Foundation maintains two endowment pools, one invested without constraints and one invested using ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors in the fund manager selection and monitoring process.  The ESG pool was established in 2015 and now totals $42 million, about 17% of the Foundation’s total endowment assets.

In May 2017, the UNH Foundation created the Committee on Investor Responsibility (CIR) to advise and educate the Foundation Board’s Investment & Finance Committee on sustainable investing matters.  This committee was an important element in UNH’s successful initiative in 2017 to become one of just a handful of institutions in the U.S. to achieve the Platinum level in STARS (Sustainable Tracking, Assessment and Rating System). 

Social Innovation Internship

The Foundation would like to host a Social Innovation Intern in Summer 2020 to help support the CIR and the Foundation’s continuing work on sustainable investing.  The position will have the opportunity to interact with our investment consultants at Prime Buchholz, discuss shareholder engagement and related work with members of the CIR, influence investment funds, and impact the decision-making process of the Foundation’s investment committee.  

The focus for this internship will be to support the Foundation’s continuing efforts to engage with its investment fund managers to promote sustainable investing, especially as it relates to climate change.  This will include, but not be limited to, executing customized communications to fund managers delineating the Foundation’s preferences when voting proxies; researching and lining up direct engagement efforts with some of the Foundation’s fund managers; and, partnering with existing affinity organizations such as IEN, Ceres and PRI to identify and pursue other shareholder engagement opportunities.

Location: Durham, NH

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