Social Innovation Internship


**COVID-19 & Summer Programs**

We remain committed to finding a way to run our summer programs, even if it is NOT business-as-usual. We want to support the professional development of our students and offer applied learning opportunities to increase sustainability across the region. This may mean that the Fellowships/Internships will get adapted so they can be conducted remotely, and in-person events (i.e. Orientation, Final Showcase, etc.) will be done “virtually.” We can creatively leverage technology to continue to provide the type of mentoring and training that is a hallmark of our programs.  We are committed to working together with all students and host partners to figure out how to ensure high quality learning experiences and high impact outcomes.

We are reaching out to all host organizations to confirm their commitment to hosting an Intern for the summer, and to work with each to create alternate plans should projects need to be completed remotely.  In the event that any host partners are no longer able to participate, we will be in touch with the students associated with those projects as soon as possible (and no later than April 6th).  Matches will also be made by April 6th for Interns. If you find you are uncertain of your ability to participate in the program this summer, please reach out to let us know.

Do you want to change the world? Whether you’re already committed to a career at the intersection of mission and business, or curious how to apply your major’s skills towards social and environmental good, the 9-week Social Innovation Internship will: (1) Connect you to leading for-profit and nonprofit organizations for a rigorous and meaningful summer internship; (2) Provide UNH training in social innovation; and (3) Support you to mobilize your UNH peers during the school year. All this, along with a $4,000 stipend!  

Each spring the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise selects a handful of idealistic, high-achieving, impact-focused student leaders for the Social Innovation Internship program.  Each intern works at a different host organization based on their skills and interests and reports to a supervisor at that organization. Interns spend the majority of the summer at their respective host organizations and occasionally come together as a cohort for trainings in social innovation and entrepreneurship and externships at mission-driven organizations. At a high-profile Showcase at the end of the summer, interns present on their experiences and their recommendations for how UNH can better support student changemakers and social entrepreneurs.  

Meet last year’s internship cohort and watch their Showcase presentations to an audience of over 100 people.

Do you know about UNH's Sustainability Fellowships?

Both Sustainability Fellows and Social Innovation Interns are outstanding students who complete high-impact sustainability projects for our mission-driven partners. 


Applications from organizations interested in hosting Social Innovation Interns and/or Sustainability Fellows for Summer 2020 are due December 2, 2019.