Host Partners

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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 and environmental challenges.

Social Innovation Internship at a glance:

  • Nine-week internship: Monday, May 18, 2020 until the final Showcase (the week of July 20, 2020 TBD) (including UNH training days) plus Presentation Prep Days and Showcase
  • 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, including student stipend of $4,000 (paid directly to student by the host site)
  • Limited opportunities for reduced program fees for early stage organizations are available
  • Small cohort model to provide high levels of support and training 

We know that not all internships are created equal; 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 our 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 (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.

This includes:

  • 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.

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 (summer 2020 Timeline Coming Soon!)

Friday, December 14, 2018
Deadline for host site to express interest

Friday, January 4, 2019
Deadline for host site to submit draft brief project description, which CSIE will post online for students to view for application

January & February 2019
Aggressive outreach to high-performing students

UNH interviews candidates

Friday, March 1, 2019
Student application deadline

Friday, March 8, 2019
UNH offers hosts 2-3 pre-screened candidates

March 11 - 22, 2019
Hosts interview candidates, report top choices

Monday, March 25, 2019
Host-intern matches announced

Monday, May 20, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Internship Program Begins - Intern orientation at UNH [At UNH, no work on site.]

Thursday Cohort:
Intern training & externship days (no work on site)

Thursday May 30, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday Cohort:
Intern training & externship days (no work on site)

Friday, May 31, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Thursday, June 13, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Friday, July 19, 2019
Last Day at Host Site

July 22 - 23, 2019 
Presentation Prep Days [Thursday & Friday Cohorts together at UNH, no work on site]

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Showcase and Reception with All Hosts and Interns at UNH