Social Innovation Internship Showcase at UNH July 26

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire will host the “Social Innovation Internship Showcase” Wednesday, July 26, 2017, from 10 a.m.-noon, followed by a networking reception for attendees, as a concluding event of the summer social innovation internship program.

Now in its 7th year, this annual event is an opportunity for the selected students to share what they achieved interning at innovative organizations focused on people, planet, and profits. Last year's showcase attracted people from business, government, nonprofits, and higher education. Audience members come away educated and inspired by students and their views on sustainable social change. Since 2011, the internship program has placed 81 students in leading businesses and nonprofits for rigorous paid summer internships at the intersection of money and mission.

The social innovation internship is a signature program of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise (CSIE). It is one of the keys ways that CSIE creates transformative applied learning opportunities for UNH students by connecting them to leading for-profit and nonprofit organizations for a rigorous and meaningful summer internship and providing mentorship and training in social innovation.

All summer interns will present at the showcase.

Jesse Austin (Danbury) political science, interning with the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation (Rochester)

Jit Banerjee (Howrah, West Bengal) Master in Public Policy, interning with the Community Development Finance Authority (Concord)

Kathryn Bennett (Medway, MA) Environmental Science and Sustainability, interning with Thornton Tomasetti (Portland, Maine)

Ilona Drew (Portsmouth) Master in Public Policy, interning with Pax World Management (Portsmouth)

Alex Duffy (Easton, MA), Environmental Resource Economics, interning with Coca-Cola of Northern New England (Londonderry)

Brian Ellis (Concord) Business Administration: Finance & Marketing, interning with the Northern Forest Center (Concord)

Tia Floyd (Pelham) Communication and EcoGastronomy, interning with ReVision Energy (Brentwood)

Riley Gilmore (Haverhill, MA) Political Science, interning with ROC USA (Concord)

Chloe Greene (Plaistow) Social Work, interning with the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (NHCLF)/ROC NH (Concord)

Andrew Grondin (Concord) Business Administration: Entrepreneurial Studies & Information Systems interning with ROC USA (Concord)

James Rice (Granby, CT) Environmental and Resource Economics, interning at Veris Wealth Partners (Portsmouth)

Rachel Vaz (Lebanon) International Business and Economics, interning at New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (NHCLF)/ROC NH (Concord)

The Social Innovation Internship program has had great success with alumni receiving job offers after completing the internship.

Keegan Smith ’17 (Londonderry), accepted a job with Coca-Cola of Northern New England

Conor McFarland ’17 (Eliot, ME), works at New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (NHCLF)/ROC NH

Zachary Angelini ‘16G (Reading, MA) works at Timberland

Shannon St. Pierre ’14 (Wilton, NH), works at Dare Mighty Things

For more information, contact Faina Bukher, program manager for UNH’s Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise at

The Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise (CSIE) offers innovative pedagogy, applied research, and meaningful engagement opportunities for students and faculty from across UNH in “social innovation.” Social innovation is any strategy, concept, and idea aimed at solving social issues around the globe. This interdisciplinary center contributes to the growing field of social innovation by working at the nexus of individual entrepreneurs and business models with public policy and systemic change in our research, teaching, and practice.