At the time of participation, Jesse Austin was a rising junior, pursing honors in major for Political Science and Security Studies. Through campus, community, and state leadership Jesse dedicated himself to fostering an environment where all voices can be heard and where all have the opportunity to achieve their goals. Jesse served as Parliamentarian in the UNH Student Senate, as an executive board member on the NH Legislative Youth Advisory Council, as an assistant life group leader for UNH CRU, and as a member of Model United Nations. In addition, Jesse dedicated his time toward community service initiatives through the Hubbard Hall Council and UNH PrOVES. Jesse interned with the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit started in 2014 after the public execution of freelance conflict journalist American journalist, James W. Foley. Jesse was excited and honored to collaborate with the Foundation and its global partners to develop the virtual aspect of the Foley Freedom Run/Walk.
At the time of participation, Jit Banerjee was a student of the Master in Public Policy program at the Carsey School of Public Policy. Jit was keenly interested in research, advocacy and entrepreneurship. He was the winner of the student track of the 2016 NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge. Jit had a goal of working at the juncture of climate, energy and economic inequality. Jit interned with the Community Development Finance Authority, a state-authorized nonprofit whose mission is to enable thriving, vibrant local economies in New Hampshire. He was excited to work on communication and outreach for their Clean Energy Fund and looked forward to learning about government-funded nonprofits and their role in the economy through this internship.
At the time of participation, Kathryn Bennett was a rising junior, dual majoring in Environmental Science and Sustainability. She was the Vice President of Chapter Life of the sorority Alpha Xi Delta, and a member of the UNH Ski and Board Club. She assisted in the calculation of the UNH Durham campus nitrogen footprint for the year of 2016 at UNH's Sustainability Institute. Kathryn interned with Thornton Tomasetti, one of the most sustainable firms in the architecture, engineering, and construction world and was excited to help advance their sustainable business operations and learn more about how sustainable practices can be applied in a corporate setting.
At the time of participation, Ilona Drew was a student of the Master in Public Policy program at the Carsey School of Public Policy, focusing on Strategy and Communication. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics with a B.S. in Business Management. Ilona competed in the Social Venture Innovation Challenge in Fall 2014, winning a Judge's Special Prize in the Community Track, and was a Graduate Research Fellow with the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise (CSIE). Her work with CSIE was focused on the Social Sector Franchising Initiative, helping to compile Living Case Studies of social enterprises employing the franchising methodology to scale their operations in Africa. She interned with Pax World Management in Portsmouth, NH, which is a sustainable and socially responsible investment firm. She was excited to assist with conducting research and analysis on environmental, social, and governance issues to support their sustainable investment activities.
At the time of participation, Alex Duffy was a rising senior, dual majoring in Environmental and Resource Economics and Sustainability. He also competed on the Rugby team at UNH. Alex wanted to use his economics knowledge to help better manage natural resources and mitigate climate change. Alex will be interned with Coca-Cola of Northern New England, a state-of-the-art production center in Londonderry, NH. He mapped out the center’s water use in the bottling process and worked to find ways to reduce the amount of water used and the overall impact on the environment. Alex was excited to work for a successful company that is proactively trying to reduce its footprint on the environment.
At the time of participation, Brian Ellis was a rising senior, majoring in Finance and Marketing with a minor in Environmental Horticulture. He was the Business Manager for the Student Committee on Popular Entertainment (SCOPE) and an active UNH Cycling team member. Brian interned with the Northern Forest Center, an innovative non-profit that builds community and economic vitality while fostering sound forest stewardship across the Northern Forest of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Brian was excited to work at the Northern Forest Center’s Concord location where assisted in advancing their digital marketing and social media platforms to benefit the Center’s programs.
At the time of participation, Tia Floyd was a rising junior, dual majoring in Communication and EcoGastronomy. Tia interned with Walt Disney World in the Fall of 2016. Throughout her years at UNH, she was the Vice President and Secretary of the Sawyer Hall Council; a social justice focused residence hall. Tia interned for ReVision Energy, Northern New England’s leading installer of solar energy systems. Tia was thrilled to work with a renewable energy B-Corp that shares her values and she was looking forward to putting her academic knowledge to use by helping others understand the many benefits of renewable energy.
At the time of participation, Riley Gilmore was a rising senior, majoring in Political Science with minors in Education and Business Administration. Riley was also involved in UNH athletics as a member of the Women's Cross Country and Track and Field Teams. She interned with ROC USA, a non-profit social venture that uses market-based strategies and an underlying self-sustaining economic model to serve their customers at scale. She was excited to help make quality resident ownership possible nationwide.
At the time of participation, Chloe Greene was a rising junior, majoring in Social Work. Chloe was involved with Project Sunshine, Somersworth Youth Connection, and worked part time. Chloe interned at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (NHCLF)/ROC NH, the only statewide program in New Hampshire that provides loans, training and technical assistance to convert manufactured-home parks into cooperatives owned and governed by their residents. She was excited to be doing this important and impactful work, specifically working with residents of New Hampshire to secure housing and build stronger communities.
At the time of participation, Andrew Grondin was a rising senior, majoring in Entrepreneurial Studies and Information Systems. Andrew was heavily involved with the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at UNH and with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization of New Hampshire. Andrew was excited to be interning at ROC USA, a non-profit social venture that uses market-based strategies and an underlying self-sustaining economic model to serve their customers at scale. Andrew helped implement their new Salesforce Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. With the end goal of becoming a social entrepreneur himself, Andrew was eager to work in this field and learn more about social entrepreneurship in the state of New Hampshire.
At the time of participation, James Rice was a rising senior, majoring in Environmental and Resource Economics with a minor in Political Science. James was actively involved in both academics and extracurricular activities at UNH. He was the Philanthropy Chair of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and a member of the UNH chapter of Model United Nations. James was interested in pursuing the study of economic thought beyond an undergraduate education and was particularly interested in the human ability to relate. He was incredibly excited and humbled to be chosen as a summer Social Innovation Intern, and interned at Veris Wealth Partners, a national sustainable wealth management firm dedicated to aligning families’ and foundations’ financial objectives with their mission and values.
At the time of participation, Rachel Vaz was a rising senior, majoring in International Business and Economics with a minor is Spanish. Passionate about social innovation and social justice, she was a Student Fellow at UNH's Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise. For three years, Rachel worked with the Freedom Café of Durham, engaging in their mission to create a world free of human trafficking. Rachel was excited to focus her enthusiasm for fighting injustice in her internship with the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (NHCLF)/ROC NH. NHCLF/ROC NH works to create stable homes and resilient communities by equalizing access to opportunities and resources.