Host Partners

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Would you like to host a Social Innovation Intern next summer? Each year, UNH partners with a handful of innovative business, nonprofit, and government organizations to help introduce a passionate young person to careers at the intersection of business and social mission. Since 2011, the Social Innovation Internship has placed 81 students at 39 leading organizations that use market-based approaches to tackle pressing social and environmental challenges.

Social Innovation Internship at a glance:

  • Nine-week internship: May 22 -  July 21, 2017
  • High-performing rising Junior or Senior (or extraordinary Sophomore) – vetted and trained by UNH, interviewed and selected by you
  • Students will be at your site full-time, with the exception of one orientation day, three UNH trainings, two presentation prep days and the Social Innovation Internship Showcase
  • Scope of work should satisfy needs of both host and intern, i.e., significant project-based work with committed supervisor and access to senior leaders
  • $4,000 program fee, including student stipend of $3,000 (paid directly to student)
  • Limited opportunities for reduced program fees for early stage organizations are available
  • Small cohort model to provide high levels of support and training (14 Interns accepted)

We know that not all internships are created equal.  At the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise we have built our internship on several key principles:

FIRST PRINCIPLE – A faculty supported model, scaffolding the time at the host organization with regular touch points and mentorship throughout the internship, including pre-internship orientation and regular training days throughout the summer, helping the cohort of students develop the skills and habits which will allow them to succeed in their internship.

SECOND PRINCIPLE – Transformative learning experiences are a result of having the chance to have “ownership” on significant projects. Our interns spend nine weeks working on challenging and complex projects which are material and strategically significant to their host organization.

THIRD PRINCIPLE – The principle of mutual benefit. We firmly believe that it is not a one-way street, and that out students must provide concrete and significant value to our host organizations.

We believe in paying students for their work in order to make the internship accessible to all; thus, the bulk of the program fee (75%) supports the student stipend. The remainder (25%) helps defray the costs of faculty & staff support of the cohort, including recruiting top students, training them to be successful in the workplace, introducing them to social innovation and triple-bottom-line business models through trainings and field trips, and celebrating their and your work at an end-of-summer Social Innovation Internship Showcase, which is regularly attended by over 100 people from academia, business, nonprofits, and government. This additional support is what distinguishes the Social Innovation Internship from other internships with which you are familiar

Hosting a Social Innovation Intern supports a student’s professional development and your operations and introduces your mission and activities to the UNH community – jointly developing graduates who consider environmental, social, and economic factors in their career and personal decisions.

What our Host Partners are saying about the summer Social Innovation InternshipImage of a group of people working together

“We have worked with the Social Innovation Internship Program for the last three years, and my staff and I have been thrilled with our interns' ability, intelligence and eagerness to learn. The folks at the SII program do an excellent job of finding and placing their very impressive students.”

“An internship can be just as inspiring and creative for the host institution as it is for the intern. The quality of the interns from UNH's Social Innovation internship program makes this exchange of inspiration possible.”

“The Social Innovation Internship program provided us a unique opportunity to collaborate with bright, young talent on developing the future of our organization. The intern was teaching us about the macroscopic theory behind our work while we helped an intern get his hands dirty with funding, strategic, and political challenges of any organization in our field.”

Social Innovation Internship Timeline

Monday, January 2, 2017
Deadline for host organizations to express interest and submit brief project description
UNH posts internships online

January & February 2017
Aggressive outreach to high-performing students

UNH interviews candidates

Monday, February 27, 2017
Student application deadline

Friday,  March 3, 2017
UNH offers hosts 2-3 pre-screened candidates

March 6 - 10, 2017
Hosts interview candidates, report top choices

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Host-intern matches announced

Monday, May 22, 2017
Internship Begins

Monday, May 22, 2017
Intern orientation at UNH (no work on site)

Fridays: June 2, June 16, & July 7, 2017
Intern trainings and check-ins at UNH (no work on site)

Friday, July 21, 2017
Internship Ends

July 24 - 25, 2017
Presentation Prep Days

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Showcase and Reception with hosts and interns at UNH