Changemaker Fellowship

Changemaker Fellowship
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Pre-accepted into two of our distinguished internship programs



Matched with a peer mentor



Build your UNH community and professional networks

What is the Changemaker Fellowship?

The UNH Changemaker Fellowship is a program tailored to first-year students and is your chance to turn your passion into action! As a first-year student, you'll gain valuable leadership skills, build a supportive network of like-minded peers, and get the tools and confidence you need to make your ideas a reality.

Open to ALL first-year students, regardless of major!
First-Year Student Program 

Apply by emailing to express interest. Subject Line: Changemaker Fellowship 

Here's what you can expect as a Fellow:
  1. Be paired with a Changemaker Coach - a UNH student with real-world experience in the program, who will provide both individual and group mentorship to help you navigate the college environment and prioritize your involvement.
  2. Attend monthly Changemaker Fellow meetings to gain exclusive and direct access to experts in sustainability. Participate in workshops and training sessions to develop essential personal, professional, and leadership skills.
  3. Build meaningful connections with like-minded peers and a diverse community to expand your network.
  4. Early access to various Sustainability Institute programs and initiatives that promote sustainability and social impact through hands-on opportunities both on and off-campus.
  5. Pre-acceptance into two of our distinguished internship programs:
    1.  Semester in the City, a Boston-based, full-time internship program (fall or spring, 16 UNH credits), with mentorship, no extra fees and approximately $2000 AmeriCorps education award upon completion.
    2. Semester for Impact, same great benefits of the Semester in the City program, but stay in your current NH housing!

Join the Changemaker Fellowship today and take your college experience to the next level.

  • students sitting on the lawn socializing distanced

    Fellows are paired with a peer mentor, a Changemaker Coach – who are UNH students with experience in our programs and changemaking here on campus and in the community. They're here to help you make the most of your UNH experience, while driving social, environmental and economic action.

    "Being a part of the Changemaker Fellowship has not only allowed me to meet peers of similar mindsets, yet who are so diverse in what their majors are and what they want to accomplish, but has also allowed me to create change and make an impact on campus."
    - Brooke Healy '24

  • students gathering socially

    Fellows attend monthly "happy hours" with the Changemaker Coaches and guest speakers – great networking and resource opportunities to get involved on campus and beyond.

    "Being a Changemaker Fellow has given me the network and the opportunities I need to help solve today’s most pressing problems.”
    - Jason Plante '23

  • students walking in Boston

    Fellows are pre-accepted into our distinguished internship program:
    Semester in the City (fall/spring in Boston, credit bearing) NEW for 2021: choose to intern in Boston or right here at UNH!

    "Becoming a Changemaker Fellow not only provides us with the tools and values to grow as a people and a more conscious consumer, but also applies programs that allow the follow-through implementation of said skills for the better of the surrounding community. The opportunities are limitless, unique, and completely satisfying!"
    - Sierra Walsh '24

  • CM Fellow Happy Hour meeting in classroom

    Fellows meet monthly to talk about sustainability, careers, and making change, and gain access to leaders in the field of sustainability at UNH and in our communities.

  • Students in front of bus

    Whether you're a business major, history major, or environmental engineering major, the Fellowship helps connect you to students from across campus who care about sustainability and making a difference.

  • Fellows at the E-Center

    Fellows attend events with our partners across campus as well, like the E-Center.

  • Changemaker Fellow Picnic

    Socializing with other Fellows builds a strong network while you're at college, and in the future as alumni!

  • Tatum VanSicklen Headshot
    Changemaker Fellow
    Tatum was a first-year student majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  Prior to her college experiences, she was involved in many academic and extracurricular activities such as involvement in her high school’s student government, participation on the varsity volleyball team, and volunteer work with the American Red Cross as a donor ambassador.  She also extended her capabilities through the…
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  • Samantha Pearson Headshot
    Changemaker Fellow
    Samantha was a first-year student majoring in Engineering Physics. During high school, she was involved in Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and GirlUp. She also founded an organization called Conquer with Cryo that raises money for storage fees for adolescents who must freeze their eggs and sperm due to cancer treatments. At UNH, she was a part of the Ski and Snowboard Club, Baking Club, and…
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  • Patrick Rubinas Headshot
    Changemaker Fellow
    Patrick was a first-year student who was undeclared in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Previously, Patrick was a Student Council Representative and a cross country runner. Additionally, he helped found his school’s fishing club. At UNH, Patrick was a Changemaker Fellow as well as a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Team and Precision Racing Club. As a Changemaker Fellow, Patrick…
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  • Olivia Morel headshot
    Changemaker Fellow
    Olivia was a CS: Cybersecurity major and minor in International Affairs. In high school, Olivia was President of Key Club, President of Student Council, and Secretary of the Class of 2021. She also served on the district school board as the Student Representative. She received many prestigious awards and titles including the Maine Principal’s Award, Bates High School Scholar, Mitchell…
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  • Olivia Fieldsend Headshot
    Changemaker Fellow
    Olivia was a first-year student majoring in Music Education with a focus in Voice. Previously, Olivia participated in marching band, concert choir, and the vocal arts project which performed “Dido and Aeneas.” Through these experiences, Olivia developed teamwork skills as well as personal commitment to her studies and time management. At UNH, Olivia was a Changemaker Fellow, who most looked…
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