Carsey Social Innovation Internship
Carsey Social Innovation Internship
2013 Carsey Social Innovation Interns
About the Carsey Institute Social Innovation Internships
Do you want to change the world? Whether you’re already committed to a career at the intersection of mission and business, or curious how to apply your major’s skills towards social and environmental good, the 8-week Carsey Social Innovation Internship will: (1) Connect you to leading for-profit and nonprofit organizations for a rigorous and meaningful summer internship; (2) Provide UNH training in social entrepreneurship; and (3) Support you to mobilize your UNH peers during the school year. All this, along with a $3000 stipend! The Center on Social Innovation and Finance at the Carsey Institute is seeking a handful of idealistic, high-achieving, impact-focused student leaders for the 2014 Carsey Social Innovation Internship.
2014 Internships are currently being finalized. As in previous years, host organizations will span a wide range of sectors and business models and there will be a healthy mix of returning and new partners. Students with diverse skills and interests will be eligible; our intent remains to bring together Paul College students with students from other colleges. When the 2014 application is live in January, students applicants will rank their top internship choices and be considered first for these organizations.
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In 2013, Carsey Social Innovation Interns were placed at these leading for-profit and non-profit organizations, each with an innovative, market-based approach achieving its social or environmental mission. Click here to learn more about the specifics of each organization and internship.
- Coastal Enterprise, Inc. (CEI) (community economic development)
- Dare Mighty Things (management consulting)
- New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection (local food system)
- Pax World Management (sustainable investing)
- PLAN: The Post-Landfill Action Network (national student-led waste reduction)
- Poly Recovery (sustainable recycling)
- Portsmouth Historical Society (culture and community development)
- ROC USA (manufactured housing cooperatives)
- Timberland (eco-friendly products)
- UNH Foundation (sustainable investing in higher education)
- Veris Wealth Partners (sustainable investing)
History of the Internship
In 2011, the five inaugural Carsey Social Innovation Interns returned to campus inspired to mobilize other UNH students around the concepts and practice of social innovation. They formed the UNH chapter of Net Impact (a 40,000-member international organization focused on careers for People, Planet, and Profit); hosted a social entrepreneurship panel; and helped launch the new Social Venture track of the Holloway Prize Innovation-to-Market Competition. In 2012, the second intern cohort’s Summer Showcase was attended by over 100 people representing a range of UNH colleges and support services, businesspeople, and policy makers. The 2012 interns and Net Impact organized a "Careers With Impact: Job and Internship Fair” (co-sponsored by Paul College and New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility) and worked collaboratively with the UNH Foundation to develop a social choice fund within the University’s endowment that will consider environmental, social, and governance factors in its investments. After another successful 2013 Summer Showcase, the 2013 interns and Net Impact played a major role in Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus’s visit to UNH and the accompanying Social Business Innovation Challenge. Currently, their projects include conducting a feasibility study for a student-run microfinance program, supporting benefit corporation legislation in New Hampshire, and planning for a “Careers with Impact” event in spring 2014.
The Carsey Social Innovation Internship has evolved to serve as applied leadership training for Net Impact officers and members. Students interested in applying for the 2014 internship should attend a Net Impact meeting to learn more. Net Impact UNH currently meets on Thursdays from 6-7PM in MUB 330/332.
See Carsey Social Innovation Interns in Action
- Read about 2013 interns' summer experiences on their blog.
- "There's No Place Like Home: Carsey Social Innovation Intern Fosters Pride in Mobile Community" in UNH Today, September 26, 2013.
- Watch interns present at their 2012 Summer Showcase (click on the "Center on Social Innovation and Finace" tab).
- 2012 intern’s summer blog featured on national Net Impact website, “Did you think undergrads weren't ready for impact careers?”
- “Selling Student Investors on Sustainability” in UNH Today, November 1, 2012.
- “Driving Change: Carsey Intern Puts People in the Driver's Seat” in UNH Today, October 4, 2012.
- Watch a 2011 intern reflect on his powerful summer experience that led to an amazing job after graduation (spoiler alert: it involves microfinance in South Africa)
- Learn more about Net Impact UNH and attend a weekly meeting.
Who Can Apply?
UNH sophomores and juniors in good standing. The internship is awarded and administered by the Carsey Institute, and applicants are chosen by an independent review panel and the business after interviewing. Students will be selected based on:
- Evidence of prior achievement in academic and extracurricular activities
- Relevant skills, interests, and goals
- Potential for, and commitment to, UNH peer leadership in the following school year
- Preference given to members of Net Impact UNH - see "History" section above.
- GPA 3.0 or above
- Announcement: 2014 internships will be announced by early January, possibly as early as winter break.
- Applications: Student applications will be considered on a rolling basis (translation: it benefits you to apply early!) and due latest by March 17, 2014. Promising candidates will interview internally at UNH. By March 24, between one and four top candidates will be forwarded to host partners for their consideration, including an interview with the host supervisor. Final placements will be announced by April 9.
- Internship: Students must be available from Orientation on Friday, May 30 until the final Showcase on Wednesday, July 30. Students will work at host sites full-time (35-40 hours per week) for eight weeks from June 2 through July 25.
In 2014, the application will be available through an online form. Click here to view last year’s PDF application to get a sense for what questions will be asked. Since the internships include a range of sectors, locations, and intern qualifications, students are asked to rank their top internship choices and to answer questions specific to these hosts. Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so it benefits you to apply early!
For more information, contact Rebecca White, 2013 Carsey Social Innovation Intern and coordinator of the 2014 application process, at email@example.com – or Yusi Turell, Executive Director, Center on Social Innovation and Finance at the Carsey Institute, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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