Would you like to host a Social Innovation Intern next summer?
Each year, the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise 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. From 2011 - 2019, the Social Innovation Internship placed 121 students at 58 leading organizations that use market-based approaches to tackle pressing social, economic and environmental challenges.
Social Innovation Internship at a Glance
- Nine-week internship: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - Friday, July 31, 2020
- High-performing rising Junior or Senior (or extraordinary Sophomore) – vetted, interviewed and trained by UNH, selected by the host sites
- Students will be at the host site full-time, with the exception of the orientation day(s), 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
- $5,000 program fee paid by host site: $4,000 directly to student, $1,000 directly to UNH
- Limited opportunities for reduced program fees for early stage organizations are available
- Small cohort model to provide high levels of support and training
Co-Supporting the Social Innovation Internship Program:
- Interns earn a $4,000 stipend and are responsible for covering their own living expenses for the summer.
- Organizations may apply for grants to reduce their costs. Grant funds are prioritized for first-time internship hosts, non-profits, small communities, and other organizations with limited resources.
- Host Partners are also expected to cover all project-related expenses.
- Through the Host Partner Fees, we are able to fund the administration of the program, networking events, field trips and professional development opportunities.
We believe in paying students for their work in order to make the internship accessible to all (allowing students of all socioeconomic levels to participate); 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.
- recruiting top students
- training them to be successful in the workplace
- introducing them to social innovation and triple-bottom-line business models
- facilitating group externships (site visits to mission-driven organizations exploring different social-change models and theories of change, organizational leadership and day-to-day operations)
- celebrating their and your work at an end-of-summer Social Innovation Internship Showcase, 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.
Roles and Responsibilities
Each year, the UNH Changemaker Education (you may know us as the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise) 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. From 2011 - 2019, the Social Innovation Internship placed 121 students at 58 leading organizations that use market-based approaches to tackle pressing social, economic and environmental challenges.
We know students were profoundly shaped by the experience of the summer Social Innovation Internship because it embodies our center’s mission to create a transformative hands-on learning experience for the next generation of changemakers in the field of social innovation. We also know this internship lends itself to a new model of career preparation that has the capability of transforming graduates’ lives and it is based on the premise that no longer is a great education enough. To survive and thrive in today’s challenging economic environment, great education must be supported by opportunities for internships and other modes of experiential learning which can in turn lead to professional success and lifelong engagement. It is also a model where students are supported but take responsibility for their careers.
We are seeking to forge new and more effective ways of preparing students for meaningful careers with lifelong success and well-being through transformative hands-on learning experiences, like this Social Innovation Internship as well as continuing to fully embrace New Hampshire and New England as a whole.
We believe in the profound impact of experiential learning – not a replacement to academic learning, but a rigorous underpinning in terms of understanding the theoretical frameworks and gaining the skills that are vital to developing highly confident and competent professionals who will serve as a pipeline into mission-driven companies and non-profits, JUST LIKE YOURS.
The summer Social Innovation Internship is built on several key principles:
- A faculty and staff supported model which scaffolds time at the host organization with regular touchpoints and mentorship throughout the internship, including pre-internship orientation and regular training days throughout the summer while helping the cohort of students develop the skills and habits preparing them to succeed in their internship.
- Transformative learning experiences are a result of having the chance to have “ownership” on significant projects. Our interns have spent 9 weeks working on challenging, complex projects which are material and strategically significant to their host organization.
- The principle of mutual benefit. We firmly believe that an internship must be win-win, and that our students must provide concrete and significant value to your host organizations while gaining knowledge, skills, self-awareness, confidence and a growing network of professional colleagues.
Partners are primarily responsible for design of the social innovation internship projects, and for day-to-day oversight of the intern. If your project is selected, you’ll have world-class talent dedicated to your project throughout the summer. You’ll be asked to participate in selection, planning, networking, and most importantly, to prioritize meaningful mentorship of your intern. Specifically, Partner organizations commit to:
- Provide input to the interview and selection process.
- Work together with UNHCE to ensure that the work plan and products will be both beneficial to the partner organization and intellectually stimulating for the intern; a final, UNHCE-approved work plan should be submitted by December 20th.
- Designate one staff member to serve as the primary Mentor, to provide project guidance, to be accessible on a day-to-day basis as needed, and to reserve one hour per week at a minimum for a regularly scheduled dedicated check-in with the intern.
- Encourage the interns’ participation in training and networking opportunities provided by UNHCE final presentations, and additional activities relevant to the interns’ project and/or career.
- Be available for 2-3 coordination calls with UNHCE, and provide two brief written updates on the intern's progress over the course of the summer.
- Actively connect with other interns and partners throughout the network.
- Provide the intern with an adequate workspace, computer, phone, travel funds, and other necessary resources and contacts required for successful completion of the project. If the intern has a disability, the partner organization will make reasonable accommodations.
- Provide and receive feedback at the end of the internship term.
We know that not all internships are created equal; we have built our internship on three 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 our students must provide concrete and significant value to our host organizations.
Summer 2020 Social Innovation Internship Timeline
|Deadline for host site to express interest||Friday, December 2, 2019|
Deadline for host site to submit draft brief project description,
|Friday, December 20, 2019|
|Aggressive outreach to high-performing students||January & February 2020|
|UNH interviews candidates||Rolling|
|Priority Student application deadline||Saturday, February 15, 2020|
|FINAL Student application deadline||Sunday, March 1, 2020|
|UNH offers hosts 2-3 pre-screened candidates||Friday, March 6, 2020|
|Hosts interview candidates, report top choices||March 6 - 20, 2020|
|Host-intern matches announced||Monday, April 6, 2020|
Internship Program Begins
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
|Showcase||Thursday, July 23, 2020|
|Last Day with Host Site||Friday, July 31, 2020|