The Social Impact Scholars is especially interested in working with students who:
- Are not well-connected to the business world
- Live in a geographic area where it’s difficult to get relevant business experience
- Can only obtain employment in jobs unrelated to their majors
- Are underrepresented in business schools and/or the consulting field
You are encouraged to apply and we will do our best to ensure you can gain experience without financial hardship.
- University student (who has completed at least their freshman year and was enrolled in a university during the preceding semester).
- Able to commit to 5 hours per week and week and meet virtually at the designated times (in the NYC timezone). Meeting attendance is required. For those in the New York area there will a few times throughout the summer to meet in person.
- Eligibility to work in the United States (or eligible for Curricular Practical Training [CPT] / Optional Practical Training [OPT] under an F1 visa).
All accepted applicants will have to provide:
- A statement from your school that attests you are a student whose course of instruction leads to a degree, diploma, or certificate.
- Eligibility to work in the United States (Proof of citizenship / work eligibility / OPT / CPT)
If you have any questions about your eligibility please contact your university.
You are expected to work approximately 5+ hours per week for the duration of the internship. While this is unpaid, it’s not a huge investment of time. The goal is to give you an experiential understanding of consulting outside of the classroom, allow you to engage with mission-driven companies, and help you “talk the talk” in future interviews. Since we are not related to any particular university, you can proudly add this to your resume as a skill building internship instead of a college course.
Much of the project work can be done on your own time, but you are expected to fulfill all responsibilities and meet deadlines (you’ll sign up for a consistent time that works for you).
Each week, there will be one virtual team check-in that should last approximately one hour.Failure to attend these check-in meetings will result in the immediate dismissal from the internship. Scholars should also manage check-ins / briefings for the client (typically on a weekly or biweekly basis).
Scholars are required to give anonymous feedback on a weekly basis to 1) their Team Lead and 2) the Client. Your insight and feedback is invaluable to both these parties and is an essential piece of Social Impact Scholar’s mission. There will be 1-2 programmatic surveys throughout the summer as well.
If you need to take vacation time during the summer, you must submit for the time-off prior to the start of the internship. If you unexpectedly must miss a check-in meeting for acceptable reasons, you need to document it with the Team Lead and Executive Director prior to the meeting.
You are able to participate in this program virtually, so you do not need to be in New York City. However, you must be able to meet at designated check-in times (in the NYC timezone). For those who live in the New York area, there will be a few in-person opportunities to interact with your client and team (this is a big change for 2019 based on feedback from last summer’s cohort).
There is no expectation that you have taken any particular coursework or that you are an “expert” in a certain area. The projects that we work on with our client require strong critical thinking and time management, the ability to work with a team, and dedication to the client and the meetings.
Internship Funding Options
The Social Impact Scholars does not have the funds to pay its student interns at this time (even a minor stipend per student would cost over $50,000.00 per summer!) However, we firmly believe in allowing all interested students the opportunity to gain experience regardless of their ability to pay. As such, there are two options:
Unpaid Part-Time Internship
The internship is designed to be 5+ hours per week and be somewhat flexible around when you complete your work product (note: check-in meetings will occur at a fixed time determined before you start your internship) so that you could participate in paid employment elsewhere. This allows you to earn an income from a job that doesn’t necessarily provide you with relevant experience while still getting consulting / social impact experience with us!
Our internship may be eligible for university funding for those with financial need. NYU students should look into: