Hours of hands-on learning
Make a difference right here on the Durham campus
What is SITC @ UNH?
SITC @ UNH is an opportunity to spend a semester stepping out of the traditional classroom to make impact on campus! As a Fellow, you'll participate in hands-on learning through an immersive and well supported 30+ hour per week internship with a UNH department in Durham. Fellows work on strategic sustainability projects and actively promote making change on campus to peers. In addition to contributing to UNH’s cutting-edge sustainability practices and strengthening the campus community, you'll be building your credentials and skills through this transformative experience.
Sustainability is a collective commitment to human dignity for all people and ecological integrity in all places. If you're interested in addressing issues like social justice, climate change, food insecurity, sustainable investing, racial equity and more, SITC @ UNH will help you build the skills and courage to tackle our most pressing challenges and make change right here on campus and beyond.
Ready to make change @ UNH?
Get all of the details about the SITC @ UNH program in the dropdowns below and be sure to check out the Open House webinar:
UNH Departments! Host a SITC @ UNH fellow next fall!
See additional details for hosts below.
Spring Participation Deadlines:
Priority: October 1
Final: November 1
Fall Participation Deadlines:
Priority: March 1
Final: EXTENDED to APRIL 15 for Fall 2021
Fall Participation: April 28
UNH Department Host Info-Session
Contact Jennifer Andrews.
Details for Students
Students may apply to participate in their sophomore, junior, or senior year, with a declared major and 2.5 cumulative UNH GPA or higher**, with priority given to students with above 3.0. Students may apply during their first year, as long as they have completed at least 32 credits prior to participation, with at least 12 of these credits earned at UNH at the baccalaureate level.
* As of Fall 2017, COLA Undeclared students may participate in SITC @ UNH before they declare a major.
**NEW ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS: 2-year pilot program, effective Spring 2019:
- Students with a GPA between 2.0-2.5 are eligible to be considered by SITC @ UNH by petition.
- Students may be undeclared and must have at least 12 earned UNH credits at time of study away.
- Please complete a UNH Study Away Student Eligibility Form, to confirm that you are in good academic, financial, and judicial standing, and that you will represent UNH in a positive light. Fill out the top portion of the form and drop it off at the Dean's Office for your College.
- International Students must get authorization from the Office of International Students & Scholars to participate in Semester in the City.
Sample placements and projects in Durham:
- Athletics & Facilities: Develop campaign (videos, podcasts, social media, website - format TBD) and facilitate outreach efforts for Green Athletics (assisting UNH Wildcats and staff to become leaders on waste reduction as it relates to athletics), while supporting the general zero waste efforts on campus.
- Child Study and Development Center: Complete observation and analysis of current staff, research outdoor and experiential education best practices for inquiry based learning and agency development in children and support efforts to train early childhood educators, while supporting the general tasks of the Center.
- Office of Community, Equity & Diversity: Recruiting students to participate in the 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge (grounded racial equity and social justice issues in the food system in New England), while supporting the general tasks of the Office.
- Office of Outreach and Engagement: Recruiting UNH students to share sustainability concepts and skills with K-12 students through Splash! Workshops & executing an outreach and marketing campaign to NH K-12 schools, while supporting the general tasks of the Office.
- Office of Career and Professional Services: Design and develop a Transition From College to Career with Purpose toolkit to equip and empower students with resources and tools to begin their journeys on solid footing with the marketing team, while supporting the general tasks of the Office.
- Energy Office: Developing a campus-wide outreach campaign to reduce energy use during peak demand times in order to decrease dirty, unreliable and expensive energy use, while supporting the general tasks of the Office.
- Storm Water Center and Utilities Office: Develop and create campaign and provide outreach related to best practices for protecting water and ecosystems on campus, while supporting the general tasks of the Offices.
- Trash 2 Treasure & Sustainability Institute: Develop and implement plan for May move-out collections, volunteer participation, and develop back-up plan for higher education waste during the COVID-19 pandemic, while supporting the general zero waste efforts on campus.
- Treat Fellowship & NH Listens: Develop and implement a campus-wide forum on race and equity, including organizing, promoting and facilitating the event, on a chosen topic, while supporting the general tasks of the Department.
- UNH Dining: Work directly with marketing and/or dietetics teams to support campus-wide food service sustainability efforts related to student health, well-being and waste reduction, while supporting the general tasks of the Department.
- UNH Foundation: Develop best practices and recommendations for sustainable investing (via a racial and gender equity lens) by working directly with Fund Managers at Prime Buchholz LLC, while supporting the UNH Committee on Investor Responsibility.
SITC @ UNH is an expansion of the Boston-based Semester in the City (SITC) program, with a mission to educate and inspire the next generation of problem solvers. In addition to the internship, the Durham cohort (SITC @ UNH) joins the Boston cohort (SITC) to engage in two weekly reflective and skill-building courses together.
Students in each program benefit from connecting to one another, building their networks and community, sharing and reflecting on their experiences and supporting one another as changemakers.
The Social Innovator's Tool Box
Fellows will be enrolled in a foundational course that meets one evening a week, “The Social Innovator's Tool Box”, which will introduce students to different approaches to social change and social innovation. Students will explore how impact investing, advocacy, action tanking, social entrepreneurship, and movement building can advance progress on issues students care about. The course will use case studies and discussions with leading change-makers – as well as the emerging academic literature on social innovation – to illuminate different pathways to change.
Workshops for Skill-Building and Reflection
For 14 Fridays - as well as a three day orientation at the beginning of the semester and a two-day student-led research conference at the end - Semester in the City students will participate in skill-building and reflective workshops designed to accelerate self-awareness, problem-solving ability, and larger societal issues. As part of the Friday workshops, Fellows will engage in team-based community research projects and will meet with leading social innovators from diverse fields and backgrounds. Students will also participate in workshops designed to build proficiency in Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity and Collaboration.
You will receive the same number of credits you would at the University of New Hampshire as a full-time enrolled student, which is 16 credits (Enrolled in INCO 505A, INCO 505B, & INCO 505I). You'll also fulfill your Social Sciences Discovery requirement. In some cases, all or some of the credits will also count toward academic major or minor requirements and/or core distribution requirements. View list of pre-approved majors that accept Semester in the City credits. Be sure to speak with your academic advisor or department chair, even if your department is not on this list.
This program costs the same as one semester at UNH! You continue paying your standard tuition and mandatory fees and there are NO special fees. Financial aid will continue to come from UNH.
Financial Benefits & Perks
- Receive a $595 stipend
- UNH will provide transportation to/from Boston for SITC @ UNH Fellows for 4-6 Friday classes/activities, launch week and the showcase
- When SITC @ UNH Fellows are in Boston for these events, you will receive a T-Pass for the time you are in Boston, equivalent to the number of days you will be in the city
- When SITC @ UNH Fellows are in Boston for 4-6 Friday classes/activities, you will receive either a grab-n-go or lunch reimbursement
- When SITC @ UNH Fellows are in Boston for a multi-day period (launch week, showcase and/or weekend overnight) you will receive a small per diem for meals that aren't covered already
(Modifications have been made for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.)
SITC @ UNH participants will continue to live in New Hampshire, and will be matched with a UNH department working on critical issues on campus and beyond. 6-8 trips to Boston over the course of the semester mean that students get to connect with the Boston cohort and build their networks, in the big city and in their home area!
- Mon-Th 30 hrs/week working with your host department
- Wed night class: The Social Innovator's Tool Box
- Fri daytime class: Workshops for Skill-Building and Reflection
- Participate in fun cohort-building activities
- Participate in end of semester Showcase to present your work
When submitting your application by clicking the link below, you'll be brought to our partner's website, the College for Social Innovation, which runs the SITC @ UNH program. Before applying, be sure to check out the "Application Tips & Tricks"!
The application consists of several sections and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
You will be asked to submit:
- a resume OR a LinkedIn profile
- 2 references
- responses to short answer questions
You must also complete the UNH Study Away Eligibility Form.
You'll also have an opportunity to indicate your placement preferences and tell us about the sustainability issues that matter to you on your application and during the interview.
Questions? Contact a student Changemaker Coach who has completed Semester in the City!
Details for UNH Department Hosts
The SITC @ UNH program has been created as a partnership with the College for Social Innovation (CFSI) and the Sustainability Institute for a UNH-based version of CFSI's transformative Semester in the City program. The goals of SITC @ UNH are two-fold
- provide immersive high-impact, internship-based learning opportunities to UNH students that allow them to make positive change in their own community
- Enhance sustainability peer-to-peer (P2P) outreach on campus to support UNH sustainability leadership
Students serve as CFSI Fellows for an office or department at UNH, working 30 hours per week, and as part of that internship are expected to complete a special project that is broadly defined by their host department and is related to sustainability. In their fellowship roles, students also serve as designated Sustainability P2P Educators. Students and UNH Sustainability Institute staff convene weekly as a P2P Educator cohort and students receive mentorship and support specifically focused on outreach and engagement around their special projects, storytelling techniques, and project management.
The SITC @ UNH program shares many aspects in common with the traditional Semester in the City program:
- Host departments and students who want to participate in the program apply to CFSI; then CFSI matches the students with UNH departments/projects, based on information in host and student applications, and input from the Sustainability Institute.
- It is a for-credit, academic year internship. Students gain 16 credits (for which they pay standard UNH tuition). Fellows are not financially compensated.
- Students take two classes offered by CFSI: Becoming a Changemaker and Social Innovators’ Toolbox. Students are expected to complete this coursework in parallel with their weekly internship hours, and their grades in these courses become part of their GPA. A significant portion of their coursework relates directly to their internship special project.
- Students are encouraged to build their professional networks. Part of that involves coming together as a full cohort (including with the Boston-based students) in the two classes outlined above, and in weekend Boston-based activities organized by CFSI.
- Host organizations are convened periodically and supported in mentoring their interns by CFSI. In addition, SITC @ UNH host departments and students receive significant support from the UNHSI.
Semester in the City host organizations have reported many benefits in hosting Fellows, and the same is true for UNH departments who participated in the SITC @ UNH spring 2021 pilot program. Among them, opportunities to :
- further departmental goals and efforts with the 30 weekly hours of additional capacity provided by a Fellow
- mentor exceptionally motivated, eager and talented students who are interested in your work and can benefit from your experience and expertise
- access a vetted pool of applicants with skills aligned to the needs of your project
- collaborate with the Sustainability Institute and get support for your efforts
- collaborate with CFSI and with mentors from other host organizations to build your mentorship skills and your professional network
- build greater awareness of your department’s work, your sustainability leadership, and opportunities for students to get involved or contribute, with outreach developed by students for students
- connect with other departments across campus engaged in similar work
Host departments are primarily responsible for the design of the Fellowship projects and for the day-to-day oversight of their Fellows. Partners are asked to develop a project plan in consultation with the UNH Sustainability Institute (UNHSI), engage with the College for Social Innovation (CFSI) staff and mentor network, and most importantly, prioritize the meaningful mentorship of their Fellow.
1. Apply (online) to CFSI to host an SITC @ UNH Fellow: This application involves creating a position description that includes a Special Project to advance sustainability outcomes at UNH. The special project should benefit from being promoted through UNH student peer-to-peer outreach, and be intellectually stimulating for the Fellow.
2. Designate a primary mentor who will provide project guidance, be accessible on a day-to-day basis as needed and reserve at least one hour per week for regularly scheduled meetings with the Fellow during the Fellowship term (i.e. the entirety of Fall or Spring semester).
3. Provide a computer and/or other necessary resources and contacts required for the successful completion of the project. If the Fellow has a disability, the partner organization will make reasonable accommodations.
4. Participate in mandatory CFSI events (scheduled based on mutual availability unless noted otherwise below: this entails a total commitment of approximately 6 hours over 5 months):
- Initial introductory “match meeting” with designated Fellow in May/June (for fall semester) and December (for spring semester)
- Mentor orientation with other CFSI mentors (from both the @UNH and Boston programs) a couple of weeks before the semester begins
- A short site visit, mid-semester, with CFSI instructor/s (and your Fellow)
- End of semester Showcase (week 15)
4. Participate in two-three networking meetings (60-90 minutes each) with other SITC @ UNH mentors and Fellows, organized by UNHSI, to be held at the beginning, middle and end of the term.
5. Provide feedback about the Fellow’s performance and the Fellowship generally:
- Bi-weekly updates to CFSI regarding student’s progress (submitted in a very brief online form)
- Mid-term assessment and final assessment (based on responses to a handful of questions)
- Assessment of Special Project deliverables (for student’s grade)
6. For Semester in the City host sites in Boston, there is a fee and an MOU associated with hosting a Fellow; however, for SITC @UNH placements in AY21-22, both will be provided through the UNH Sustainability Institute.