Summer Community-Based Programs for Students

Both Sustainability Fellows and Social Innovation Interns are outstanding students who complete high-impact sustainability projects for our mission-driven partners.  They work on-site over the course of the summer and their work and learning are scaffolded with training, professional development, and networking opportunities organized by UNH. 

From the perspective of a Host Organization, here's how the Internship and Fellowship programs differ:

  Social Innovation Intern Sustainability Fellow
Goal Introduce a passionate young person to careers at the intersection of business and social mission, while helping leading organizations that use market-based approaches to tackle pressing social, economic and environmental challenges. Facilitate high-impact sustainability initiatives, while training the next generation of sustainability leaders, and fostering collaboration to accelerate progress toward a climate resilient New England.
 College/University  UNH Search Only National Search (including UNH)
Student High-performing Undergrads(recent Grads and Grad Students also considered) Grad Students and recent Graduates (exceptional Undergraduates also considered)
Student Stipend $4,000 $6,500
Host Site Investment $5,000 $5,000
Grant Support Available Yes, see application Yes, see application
Student Commitment 375 hrs over 9 weeks, including UNH activities & field trips 400 hrs over 12 weeks, including UNH activities
 Students Employed By  Host Organization UNH
Events for Host Organizations at UNH Hosts Highly Encouraged:
Final Showcase - 7/23/20
Hosts Required at Two Events:
1) Orientation on 5/27/20, &
2) Presentations on 7/10/20 OR 8/7/20
Project Development Responsibility of Host Site with support from UNH Projects co-developed between UNH and Host partners, and designed to catalyze collaboration among partners
 Project Focus Areas  Social, Environmental and Economic Sustainability (People, Planet, Profit) Sustainability with a focus on climate change mitigation, resilience, and food systems
 Host Organizations  Primarily mission-driven businesses & innovative non-profits, government organizations with new initiatives encouraged Sustainability-focused municipal & state government agencies, institutions, & non-profits, businesses encouraged as well
 Project Geography  Primarily New England (other locations will be considered on a case-by-case basis) New England


Proposals from potential Host Organizations are now being accepted and are due December 2, 2019. 

* Host sites are encouraged to consider hosting multiple students, and in particular, a combination of Sustainability Fellows and Social Innovation Interns.  In our experience, both the project’s impact and the students’ experiences benefit substantially from this arrangement.  

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