UNH juniors, sophomores, and exceptional freshman in good standing are encouraged to apply at the begining of spring semester. Seniors and Graduate students are also eligible. Applicants for the Social Innovation Internship are chosen by an independent review panel at UNH and then a smaller subset of selected applicants will go on to interview with the host organization(s) prior to final selection and matching.
Students are selected based on:
  • Prior achievement in academic and extracurricular activities
  • Relevant skills, interests, and goals
  • Potential for, and commitment to leadership 
  • GPA 3.0 or above
  • References

Learn about the internship in The College Letter 

What students are saying about the summer Social Innovation Internship

“If you are interested in social and environmental issues but don't know how to make your interests into a career, the Social Innovation Internship is just for you. This internship will help you learn more about social innovation and how YOU can make a difference in your work and future career. When people think of making a difference, they automatically think of working for a non-profit of some sort. However, there are various career paths you can go down to still be making an impact. The Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise will help you see the bigger picture of what you are capable of in terms of working on social change.”

“Having a career that is involved in social justice, social change, and/or social innovation feels more like a priority now than it ever did. Before, it was an option that sounded interesting, but maybe not all that realistic. Now, I feel more inclined to look for jobs that make me feel as though I have a real purpose that is driving me. I've always been informed and up-to-date on issues, but this experience made me feel like I can go a step beyond being informed and actually make change.”

Internship: Students must be available from Orientation on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - Friday, July 31. Students will work with their host sites full-time (40 hours per week) for nine weeks from May 26  through July 31, 2020, with the exception of the UNH training/externship days.

SAVE THE DATE: Students will present at the end of summer Showcase on July 23, 2020.

Summer 2020 Social Innovation Internship Timeline 



Deadline for host site to express interest Friday, December 2, 2019                 

Deadline for host site to submit project description, posted online for students to view for application

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