History of the Internship

2014 social innovation internsIn 2011, the five inaugural Social Innovation Interns returned to campus inspired to mobilize other UNH students around the concepts and practice of social innovation. They formed the UNH chapter of Net Impact (a 40,000-member international organization focused on careers for People, Planet, and Profit); hosted a social entrepreneurship panel; and helped launch the new Social Venture track of the Holloway Prize Innovation-to-Market Competition.

In 2012, the second intern cohort’s Summer Showcase was attended by over 100 people representing a range of UNH colleges and support services, businesspeople, and policy makers. The 2012 interns and Net Impact organized a "Careers With Impact: Job and Internship Fair” (co-sponsored by Paul College and New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility) and worked collaboratively with the UNH Foundation to develop a social choice fund within the University’s endowment that will consider environmental, social, and governance factors in its investments.

After another successful 2013 Summer Showcase, the 2013 interns and Net Impact played a major role in Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus’s visit to UNH and the accompanying Social Venture Innovation Challenge. Other projects included conducting a feasibility study for a student-run microfinance program, supporting benefit corporation legislation in New Hampshire, and planning for a “Careers with Impact” event in spring 2014.