The 2016 Summer Fund internship program was a great success all around. Students from Ross, Ford, School of Social Work, Natural Resources, and other programs developed their skills while helping mission-driven organizations in Detroit and around the world.
Our co-sponsored Ross Open Road sent eight Ross students to work with nine social enterprises in seven U.S. states over a one month period. Numerous other interns worked in organizations with strong social impact missions. A BBA focused on his fish feed start-up in Kenya, while an MBA got the opportunity to create her own internship experience in her hometown.
In this post, we share snapshots of some interns, providing a window into the broad experiences that the Center for Social Impact offers.
Now you can gain deep exposure to the opportunities and challenges faced by social enterprises. By working alongside a leading Detroit-based mission-driven business, you can develop skills and perspectives important for balancing a social mission and achieving financial sustainability. Current students are treated as part of the organization in which they are placed, and receive ongoing feedback during the placement.
We are currently offering Impact Corps – Academic Year as a 3-credit course.
The Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium (#UES2016) will convene leaders across sectors in the city, region, and country to apply entrepreneurial innovation to Flint and similar communities.
U-M Ann Arbor students can attend for free through the Center! This year’s Social Impact Challenge will focus on economic development and entrepreneurship in Flint, so we will unveil more and provide a great preview of the topics to be addressed for the upcoming Challenge.
Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium
in Flint, MI
The Center will cover registration for students who have a financial hardship. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Center for Social Impact is teaming up with Innovation in Action to give students the opportunity to learn about ecosystem mapping, an important tool for anyone trying to solve complex social problems. Students participating in the Social Impact Challenge or the Social Impact Track should attend, as ecosystem maps allow teams to contextualize their social change efforts based on key stakeholders and environmental conditions, and their relationships to one another.
Ecosystem Mapping Workshop
Nov. 3, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
@Prechter Lab, School of Education
Thursday, Oct. 6
5:30 – 7 pm
If you are a Ford grad student or a Ross MBA or BBA Junior looking for a challenging, high-level, paid summer internship at a mission-driven organization, then plan on attending this information session to learn more about the Center for Social Impact Summer Fund and the Impact Corps Academic Year Program.
Michigan Business Challenge Info Session
Wed, Nov. 2, 5:00 – 5:30pm
R0230, Ross School of Business
Do you have an idea for a mission-driven business, or are you already developing a social venture? We invite you to join us for an Info Session on Nov. 2, then submit your concept by mid-November to compete in the Social Impact Track of the Michigan Business Challenge. The Social Impact Track in particular offers a pool of $26K, with a $15K top prize! Your mission-driven venture can be for-profit or nonprofit, and a 2-3 page statement is all that is needed to apply.
Ecosystem Mapping Workshop
Nov. 3: 5 – 6:30 pm
@ Prechter Lab
School of Education
Dec. 8: 5:30 – 7 pm
@ Ross R1220
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Currently Accepting Applications
The University of Michigan School of Public Health is seeking student fellows for their interdisciplinary team of designers that design, develop, and deliver sustainable and scalable public health solutions. By examining the desirability, viability and feasibility of our solutions, the Innovation Studio ensures a triple bottom line impact on the world.
Accepting Applications through Oct. 7
Innovation in Action seeks to empower students to innovate solutions that address public health and education problems, and to create a safe environment to take risks and move beyond the classroom. This five-month competition will enable teams to move their idea from concept to reality. Teams will be trained in a variety of skills as they develop their idea. A final presentation will showcase their innovation, and prizes range from $5,000-$10,000.
Tues, Oct. 11
7 – 8:30 pm
@ Rm 100, Hatcher Graduate Library
Accepting Applications through Oct. 11
Fri, Oct. 21
1:45 – 3:00 pm
@Rm 1841, School of Social Work
Nov. 3 – 5
The Net Impact Conference is a great way to travel with your classmates who are passionate about impact, hear from inspiring change makers around the world, and get connected to more than 100 exhibitors and recruiters ranging from REDF and Education Pioneers to Starbucks and Disney.
Funding Is Available
This year Net Impact @ Ross will be offering stipends to all members who attend the National Conference. Book your ticket between now and October 12 to receive an additional 20% your attendance fee using the code: C16_DISC_7BRB Reach out to Brianna Brazell with any questions.