2020 Social Innovation Interns

Social Innovation Internship Virtual Showcase 
July 23 | 10a-12p

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2020 SII Cohort


Rachel Avery

RachelRachel Avery completed her B.A. summa cum laude in May 2020, dual majoring in English and History with a concentration in Comparative Democracy. In her time at UNH Manchester, she studied homeland security in the UK, completed an internship with New Hampshire Humanities Council, and spearheaded the creation of a campus food pantry. Based on her passion for community changemaking, she co-founded the Student Coalition for Service & Empowerment, worked as Student Director for the Office of Engagement, and provided teaching assistance for first year and social justice seminars. She is excited and privileged to intern with Paper Crane Associates, a consulting firm that aids mission-driven organizations in strategic planning. She looks forward to using research and analysis to maximize efficacy and impact across sectors.

 


Jordyn Kafka

JordynJordyn Kafka is a graduate student pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy from UNH’s Carsey School. She went to UNH for her undergraduate degree as a Communication major with a Business Applications option, and a minor in Nutrition. On campus, she is a brother of the community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. She is passionate about environmental policies and making the word a more sustainable place. After graduating from the Carsey School, Jordyn wants to work on the communication side of the policy-making process. She is thrilled to be interning with the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC), the leading resource for business advising and education for small businesses in NH. At NH SBDC, Jordyn will be working with the Business Sustainability Program to support the greater NH business community around the topic of sustainability. She is looking forward to advancing sustainability practices and working with NH SBDC’s partners.


Britta McCarthy

BrittaBritta McCarthy is a graduating senior dual majoring in Political Science and EcoGastronomy. She is passionate about developing policy to create a more equitable and sustainable agricultural system. She participated in the UNH in Italy program and over the past year has conducted independent research on sustainable fiber systems in New Hampshire. Britta is thrilled to be interning with Timberland/The Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) this summer to help develop a guide for a new cotton supply chain from field harvest to yarn spinner. Timberland works with the SFA to support their agroforestry model, part of which is helping to reintroduce organic cotton growing on Haiti’s smallholder farms. The guide will help the SFA to deliver their sustainable cotton to customers in the most efficient, traceable and transparent way possible.


Brandi McKay

Brandi

Brandi McKay is a rising senior majoring in Business Management with minors in Psychology and Leadership. She has been involved on campus as a teaching assistant for Business Ethics, as a member of the student consulting team: Ethical Leadership Consulting, and a consultant for the B-Impact Clinic, while also being involved in the Paul Scholars program. Brandi studied abroad in South Africa and hopes to travel the rest of the world with dreams of a career as an executive leadership and ethics development consultant/coach because of the influential roles that leadership and ethics play on a company’s triple bottom line and community impact. Brandi is delighted to be interning with Lonza Biologics as a Corporate Citizenship Intern this summer and will focus on expanding the volunteerism at the Portsmouth site. She is looking forward to using her knowledge and previous experience to help Lonza achieve their mission.


Marianna Miller

MariannaMarianna Miller is a rising junior majoring in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. She is passionate about renewable energy, sustainable building design, and the green real estate industry. On campus, she is a Resident Assistant and a member of the University Honors Program. Marianna is excited to be interning with Unitil working with green building certification documentation and companywide sustainability initiatives. She looks forward to working with a company that shares her passions for sustainable building and corporate sustainability.

 


Christian Redding

ChristianChristian Redding is a rising senior Business Administration major with double options in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. As a student, he has been a member of UNH’s Net Impact and the New Hampshire Outing Club. In the fall of 2019, he was a Student Consultant for the B Impact Clinic, consulting for Timberland. Christian’s goal is to work with an organization that is socially responsible and environmentally conscious. He is very excited to be interning with the NH Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force this summer. He is responsible for increasing their online presence and improving their social media efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking.


Johanna Rewucki

JohannaJohanna Rewucki is a rising senior from Dover, New Hampshire studying Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a Minor in Leadership. On campus she is currently the Producer of Improv Anonymous, UNH’s longest running improv troupe as well as a teaching assistant and peer advisor for the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.  Johanna is also a Rutman Leadership Fellow which is an initiative to advance women’s leadership through education, opportunity, and connection. She is passionate about gender equity and diversity and has conducted research on gender disparities in corporate leadership. With her group, Johanna was able to present their findings at the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in the spring of 2019. As an intern with Impax Asset Management, Johanna is excited to research and track metrics concerning gender-lens investing so the practices of these highly rated companies can become the standard for gender diverse leadership. 


Isabella Ronson

IsabellaIsabella Ronson is a rising senior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in French. She is passionate about social responsibility and creating a more just society for all people. On campus, she serves as the Head of Operations for Voice Z Digital, a student-run digital marketing agency; she is also a member of the Catholic Student Organization and works on campus at the Paul College Dean’s Office. Isabella is excited to be interning with the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center in conjunction with the Paul College Business in Practice program, in order to help connect small businesses with university resources. She looks forward to working with local businesses and helping students and professionals meet their goals.


Sophie Ropp

SophieSophie Ropp is a rising junior dual majoring in Economics and Sustainability with a minor in Computer Science. She is excited to help businesses and nonprofit organizations find ways to create shared value for their communities and contribute to the process of sustainable development. This summer she will be interning with the Community Development Finance Authority, an organization focused on encouraging community and economic development as well as supporting clean energy and sustainable practices across New Hampshire. As an intern, Sophie will be working with the team at CDFA that organizes and awards the Community Development Block Grant to nonprofits who provide valuable services to their communities. She looks forward to gaining a deeper understanding of the different ways nonprofits contribute to society and how we can better support their initiatives.


Antonio Serna

AntonioAntonio Serna is a rising junior majoring in Social Work. He is passionate about social justice and advocating for underserved populations. On campus, Antonio is deeply invested in his studies while also serving as the Parliamentarian for the Model UN team. This summer, he is excited to be interning with the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), which provides funding and development assistance to communities in need around the state. As an intern, Antonio will be working alongside a nonprofit organization to contextualize CDFA’s core data community index and build data capacity within the organization. 

 


Bhavya Wadhwa

BhavyaBhavya Wadhwa is a first year Computer Science master’s student. In India, where Bhavya grew up, she helped build a website for a residential retirement community, which helped the organization expand their fundraising efforts. This summer, she will be interning with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center helping them develop a Metrics Dashboard that incorporates data collection with their Healthcare Anchor Committee in order to report regularly on their Key Performance Indicators. She looks forward to working with a company that shares an interest in sustainability and technology.

 

 


Sarah Wilkinson

SarahSarah Wilkinson is a rising Junior dual majoring in Analytical Economics and Sustainability and pursuing a minor in Mathematics. She has immersed herself on campus as a brother of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity, as a member of Women in Business, and a student consultant for the Fall 2019 B Impact Clinic, assisting New Hampshire companies working to complete their B Impact Assessment. She has also worked in the Dean’s Suite of Paul College since her freshman year. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, running and traveling. Originally from southeast Pennsylvania, Sarah is excited to spend the summer in New England interning with Prime Buchholz LLC. While working with the company she will participate with their Mission Aligned Investment Committee, work with data and research professionals to score managers with respect to ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) implementation, and actively make recommendations to maximize impact of the firm’s sustainability initiatives. Teaming up with an organization that shares her passion for supporting green businesses is a great match for Sarah.


Tori Wyman

ToriTori Wyman is a rising senior Business Administration major with an option in Management, and a minor in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. Tori also served as a peer mentor for the B Impact Clinic, for Piscataqua Savings Bank team. She has been part of the B Impact Clinic for the past three semesters, serving both as a student consultant and a peer mentor. Tori is very excited to be the summer intern for Piscataqua Savings Bank to help implement the best practices the B Impact Clinic team outlined this past semester. Piscataqua Saving Bank is one of only two banks in the state to have reached B Corp certification and has made tremendous improvements in their recertification efforts. Tori eagerly anticipates this summer’s opportunity and to be a part of a company that shares her passion for business, social responsibility and sustainability.