In addition to all the great programs we offer through the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, there are a number of academic courses and other wonderful opportunities that may also be of interest to you. We encourage you to explore the classes and programs below.
For additional support, reach out to the UNH Fellowships Office, which provides information, counseling, and editorial support to highly motivated students applying for competitive national and international fellowships.
Social Innovation Academic Courses
- ADMN 444: Business for People, Planet, and Profits, Dr. Fiona Wilson
- ADMN 798: Sustainable Business, Dr. Fiona Wilson
- ECON 698: The Social Economy, Dr. Michael Swack
- ECON 698: Microfinance, Dr. Michael Swack
- INCO 505A: Semester in the City, Dr. Fiona Wilson
- INCO 505B: Social Innovator's Toolbox, Dr. Fiona Wilson
- INCO 620: Talk to Action: Facilitating Deliberative Democracy, Amy Oliva
- PAUL 598: Paul Change-Makers: Exploring Social Justice, Faina Bukher
- Trash 2 Treasure, *Independent Study, Dr. Fiona Wilson
*Dr. Fiona Wilson, Executive Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise is always willing to meet with students who are interested in designing their own independent study in social innovation and enterprise. Contact her at Fiona.Wilson@unh.edu.
Social Innovation Opportunities with our Campus Partners
Accelerated Masters in Public Policy
The Carsey School's Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree at the University of New Hampshire offers students the skills to have an impact and make a difference—to make change happen and defend past progress—in the often challenging environment of 21st century policy making. Students will learn the strategic practice of public policy, and to hone the skills that today’s policy professionals need to succeed—analytical expertise, clear and compelling communications, and the tools of leadership. With an Accelerated Masters option, the program gives current undergraduates a jump-start on their MPP degree. Students can take up to 12 credits during their senior year that apply to both their undergraduate degree and the MPP.
For more than 100 years, UNH Cooperative Extension has strengthened New Hampshire’s residents and communities by providing trusted knowledge, practical education and cooperative solutions. Our work makes life better in New Hampshire. Earn money, make connections in your field and cultivate your passions into a rewarding career. Extension internships offer valuable work experience and networking opportunities. Best of all, you have the chance to help make life better in New Hampshire. Summer internships are credit-hour eligible so you can build your resume and help local communities while earning college credits.
Career and Professional Success has launched a new career management system to support all Wildcats in connecting with professional success. Handshake has replaced Wildcat Careers and is your one-stop shop to: search and apply for full-time jobs and internships, search and apply for part-time and/or work-study positions on campus or in the local community, schedule an appointment with your college's Career and Professional Success team to discuss your career documents (resumé, cover letters, etc.), job/internship search process, and much more, learn about career success events, programming, professional development opportunities, and on-campus recruiting events with visiting employers.
John G. Winant Fellowship Program
The fellowship recognizes exceptional students who have an interest in the nonprofit and public sectors, providing valuable work experience in the field of public service. Fellowship recipients receive a stipend of $3,250 for full-time summer work (300 hours to be completed anytime between mid-May and late August) with a nonprofit organization or government agency of their choice in New Hampshire.
International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)
IROP grants are competitive awards supporting qualified research projects in diverse settings: universities, government agencies, museums, art galleries, archeological sites, laboratories, and field sites. Average grant: $6,300 for 9 weeks of full-time summer research abroad.
Due to the generosity of Harry Patten ('58), four (4) UNH Durham students from any college or major can get hands-on experience working at a start-up company (priority given to UNH alumni start-ups). We recognize that not all students have the “a-ha" idea right away and/or they want to learn about and understand the inner workings of a start-up and help in the building process. The Internship Program provides that experiential learning opportunity over a 10-week period. Students will receive a stipend of $4,000.
Shoals Marine Laboratory's Research Internships are specifically designed for undergraduate college students over the summer break. Research interns work directly with faculty mentors and SML scientists to conduct research experiments and projects, combining new areas of discovery with ongoing, long-term monitoring. Internships provide invaluable experience and help develop skills that will increase your marketability when it's time to apply to graduate school or pursue your career aspirations.
Summer Seed Grant
The Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) invites all students to submit applications for grant funding to take their entrepreneurial ideas to the next level through the development of prototypes, business models and/or companies during the summer months. Summer is one of the best times for students to work on ideas and early stage start-ups. This grant allows a student/students to focus full time attention on the venture and receive a grant payment to do so in lieu of having to find a summer job. Receive a $3,500 grant!
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF USA & SURF Abroad)
SURF grants are awarded to students who wish to conduct research over the summer at various locations in the U.S. or overseas; the grants may also support research that contributes to a senior project or thesis. Fellowship: $3,500 stipend for full-time summer research (10 weeks for SURF USA, 9 weeks for SURF Abroad), $600 for research expenses.
UNH Sustainability Fellowships pair exceptional students from across the U.S. with municipal, educational, corporate, and NGO partners in New England to work on transformative sustainability initiatives that lead to integrated solutions. Sustainability Fellows, mentored by the UNH team and dedicated individuals from our partner organizations, undertake challenging site-specific and applied 10-week summer projects that include defined deliverables and a competitive stipend.
UNH Emeriti Council Student International Service Initiative (ECSISI) Grant
The UNH Emeriti Council, a group of engaged UNH donors, has initiated this grant with the goal of supporting international development and service by UNH students (including faculty advisor travel and participation). In addition to students applying to fund their own projects, UNH’s Social Sector Franchise Initiative, which is a project of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, is looking for students who are interested in forming a small team which will work with faculty mentors to develop an application for ECSISI funding, and if funded, to spend 2-4 weeks this summer on project implementation. There are three international partners that have proposed exciting field based research projects in Africa or the Philippines.
Since 1976, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) has affiliated with The Washington Center (TWC), to offer internships and seminars in Washington DC. DC is home to hundreds of government agencies, multi-national corporations, non-profit organizations, think tanks, advocacy groups, law firms, and more. There are countless internship and networking opportunities for all majors, including in the media, the arts, education, business, science, international affairs, the environment, health care, and much more.
Social Innovation Opportunities Outside of UNH
Archimedes Project’s Frontier Social Entrepreneur Fellowship
Archimedes Project recruits aspiring changemakers as summer Frontier Social Entrepreneur Fellows. Fellows spend 12 weeks in their country of interest conducting human-centered research and working to lay the groundwork for a scalable water or sanitation enterprise. Archimedes Project believes that locally-driven social enterprise is the solution to the clean water and sanitation crisis and research is critical to understanding what has been tried and failed in the past. Fellows receive a travel and room and board stipend of $2,500-$5,000 and the guidance of the Archimedes Project team.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation Youth Innovation Challenge
Show us what you’ve got! North American environmental ministers are calling on youth to champion bold ideas for green growth to address the complex sustainability challenges we currently face. Visit cec.ideascale.com to submit your science, technology and business innovations and get the chance to present your idea to North America’s top environmental officials, receive $5,000 in project seed funding, and meet with experts at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).
The CEC Youth Innovation Challenge is open to residents of Canada, Mexico and the United States (and its territories) aged 18-30. Participants are encouraged to look beyond incremental solutions and propose bold ideas to leapfrog to solutions that address the complex sustainability challenges facing North America. Ideas will be evaluated based on four criteria: innovation, impact, feasibility/replicability and profitability. Students and young entrepreneurs are invited to propose ideas on a broad range of green growth topics.
The challenge opens 15 January 2018 and idea submissions are due by 3 April 2018.
Cultural Vistas Fellowship
The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture. Cultural Vistas selects up to 12 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, or India
Foundation for Sustainable Development Intern Abroad Program
Immerse yourself in a new culture while working alongside community members to create lasting change. The FSD International Development Internship and Gap Year programs enable students and young professionals to develop and implement a community development project with one of the more than 200 locally led organizations in our 6-country network. Program length can vary from 9 weeks to a full year.
Synergy is a signature conference hosted by the Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) that challenges students to tackle the social issues that matter to them in transformative ways. Through presentations from award-winning innovators, hands-on workshops, excursions to local businesses, opportunities for mentorship and networking, Synergy walks you through the process of building a social enterprise—from ideation, product design, business development, to investment pitching.
Humanity in Action: John Lewis Fellowship
A new Humanity in Action Fellowship program in Atlanta, Georgia. In partnership with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Humanity in Action brings together a group of 30 American and European university students and recent graduates for an intensive program about diversity and civil rights in America. The program honors Congressmen John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. The John Lewis Fellows attend discussions with renowned scholars and activists at The Center, visit historical sites around Atlanta and engage in discussions on a range of political and social issues.
Humanity in Action Fellowship
This fellowship brings together international groups of students to participate in month-long fellowship programs in one of five European cities (Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris or Warsaw) where they collaboratively explore national histories of discrimination and resistance within the historical and national context of their placements. Intensive and demanding, each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily seminars, discussions, site visits and workshops with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.
Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship
The fellowship helps to fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between four and six weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. Students are strongly encouraged to work with the Office of National Fellowships on their application.
Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows
This program is a fully-paid and funded five-week summer residential program for rising juniors who desire to make a difference. The select, small cohort comprised of students from diverse academic disciplines will engage in dynamic leadership education curriculum, interact with nationally recognized corporate, government, and military leaders in the nation’s capital, and discover how to change the world through self-reflection, exciting experiential activities, and a community service-focused capstone project.
New Sector Alliance Summer Fellowship
This fellowship is an 11-week intensive summer program (June – August) for undergraduate students and recent grads who are interested in the social sector. Fellows receive a $2,000 stipend and work with community and non-profit organizations for a summer program with organizations in Boston, San Francisco, or Chicago.
Samsung NEXT Innovation Challenge 2018
Samsung NEXT and NationSwell are teaming up to find innovators bold enough to tackle a big issue: America’s Opportunity Divide. Too many Americans are being left out of the digital economy. That needs to change. NationSwell and Samsung NEXT are joining forces to find the innovators and tech solutions that are closing the opportunity divide. Do you have a tech solution that’s advancing opportunity in education, workforce development or economic empowerment? Enter the Samsung NEXT Innovation Challenge or nominate an entrepreneur today. Learn more.
Social Entrepreneur Corps
Social Entrepreneur Corps leads impact and immersion programs throughout Latin America. With us, you will gain invaluable leadership and professional development experience through foundational training on social entrepreneurship and community consulting, working on high-impact social innovation projects and experiencing deep cultural immersion in local communities
U.K. Fulbright Summer Institute
These special summer institutes provide the opportunity for first-years and sophomores to come to the United Kingdom on a three- to six-week academic and cultural program. Participants in these programs get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded U.K. university, explore the culture, heritage and history of the U.K. and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills. The summer institutes cover the majority of participant costs. This includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. to the U.K., tuition and fees at the host university, accommodation, and meals.
Venturewell helps student inventors make an impact on the world. They fund and train student inventors and entrepreneurs who want to address important problems in the world through new technology-based ventures. Thier E-Team Program provides funding, immersive workshops, and specialized coaching to student STEM innovators to help them move their inventions into the marketplace. They accept E-Team Program applications three times a year.