2013 Carsey Social Innovation Interns
2013 Carsey Social Innovation Interns
Connor Strobel ’13 will work at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a community development financial institution (CDFI) that develops job-creating natural resource industries and small business ventures in primarily rural regions of Maine. A UNH Hamel Scholar majoring in political science and philosophy, Connor will work in program development to support CEI’s Triple Bottom Line investing model, which pursues the 3Es of a return on investment that accounts for economy, equity, and environment.
Shannon Langtry ’14 will work in the Portsmouth office of Dare Mighty Things, a management consultancy for large-scale programs that affect vulnerable populations. Shannon is majoring in Spanish and psychology and does community service through Circle K International and Alpha Phi Omega, UNH’s co-ed community service fraternity.
|Mikaela DiGesu ’15 will work at the New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection. Drawing on her majors in economics and ecogastronomy, Mikaela will develop a guide for restaurant owners who wish to increase their local sourcing and become certified. Mikaela is active in the organic gardening club and Slow Food student organization.|
Stephanie Kuhn ’15 will work at Pax World Management, an investment advisor that integrates Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) or sustainability factors into investment analysis and decision making. Stephanie will join Pax’s sustainability research team. Stephanie is majoring in communications and women’s studies and served as student coordinator for the 2012 MLK Leadership Summit at UNH.
Sophie Rathjen ’15 will work at the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), a new nonprofit that will expand UNH’s lauded Trash 2 Treasure program to campuses across the country. Majoring in sustainable agriculture and food systems, Sophie served as head coordinator of UNH’s Trash 2 Treasure program in 2012 and 2013.
|Emily Spognardi ’14 will work at Poly Recovery, a sustainable, full-service recycling company based in Portsmouth. Emily will complete Sustainable Recycling Audits for local businesses and support operations. Emily is an environmental conservation studies major and member of the Student Environmental Action Coalition. Co-founder of UNH’s Trash 2 Treasure program, Emily advanced to the semifinal round of the 2012 Holloway Competition with her team’s plan for national expansion of the program.
|Jamie Hartford ’15 will work at the Portsmouth Historical Society, supporting new models for venture philanthropy to grow the nonprofit’s strategic initiatives in merchandise and event rental. A communications major with an option in business applications, Jamie is Net Impact’s incoming vice president of communications and helped organize its 2013 Careers with Impact job fair.|
|Nyomi Guzman ’14 will work at ROC USA, a national initiative that supports homeowner cooperatives to purchase their “mobile home parks” through expert technical assistance and financing. Nyomi will develop co-op websites and marketing materials. Majoring in communications and women’s studies, Nyomi is a McNair Scholar and former chair of UNH’s Diversity Support Coalition.|
|Jordan Pritikin ’14 will work at Timberland in its marketing department. Jordan is a marketing major, resident advisor, and founding father of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He will help organize and plan Timberland’s Fall 2013 auction for charity and support the marketing department’s values marketing initiatives.|
|Bryan Merrill ’15 will work at the University of New Hampshire Foundation, which manages UNH’s endowment. Bryan will research sustainable and community investing. Long active in the Student Senate, Bryan is incoming Student Body President for the 2013-2014 school year. He is majoring in political science, economics, and international affairs.|
|Rebecca White ’14 will work at Veris Wealth Partners and the Carsey Institute. Veris Wealth Partners is a national sustainable wealth management firm dedicated to aligning families’ and foundations’ financial objectives with their mission and values. Rebecca is a sociology and geography major who co-chairs Oxfam UNH and was a founding member of Get Real UNH, a chapter of the Real Food Challenge. As part of Veris’ multi-office Sustainability Team, Rebecca will help document the company’s annual carbon footprint, conduct B Corporation evaluations, and support other sustainability initiatives. At the Carsey Institute, Rebecca will serve as the “intern’s intern” for the Carsey Social Innovation Internship, coordinating trainings, documenting and marketing the internship, and preparing for campus activities in 2013-2014.|
About the Carsey Social Innovation Internship: The Carsey Social Innovation Internship is a program of the Center on Social Innovation and Finance at the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. Over the summer, interns will: (1) Work at leading for-profit and nonprofit organizations in a rigorous and meaningful paid summer internship; (2) Learn about social entrepreneurship through formal UNH trainings; and (3) Plan to mobilize their UNH peers in the year ahead. After their summer internships, last year’s inaugural interns formed an undergraduate chapter of Net Impact, an international network of student and professional chapters dedicated to the triple bottom line in business. For more information, contact Yusi Turell, Executive Director, Center on Social Innovation and Finance at Yusi.Turell@unh.edu or 603-862-3697
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