What is an Impact Internship?
A high-quality internship is a carefully monitored work or service experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what she or he is learning throughout the experience. Internships promote academic, career and/or personal development and are a proven way for students to gain relevant knowledge, skills and experience while establishing important connections their field of interest. They also greatly increase the chances that a student will gain full-time employment after graduation. An “impact internship” does all of the aforementioned, with one notable exception: the work contributes to social impact and positive social change.
What is the SEI Impact Internship Program?
The SEI Impact Internship Program pairs McGill's top undergraduate students with social-purpose organizations (non-profits and social enterprises) for ten weeks over the spring and summer months. Interns have reported that the experience has allowed them to be more proactive, assertive, and confident in their skillsets throughout the course of their mandates. In turn, host organizations have benefitted from the concrete management skills and youthful enthusiasm which interns bring to their operations.
Now heading into its fifth year, the SEI IIP has supported 58 student interns with 34 different organizations, primarily in Montreal. There has been enthusiastic demand from both students and organizations to maintain and grow this program.
Le Salon 1861
Shannon Chen See
Le Quartier de l’innovation
Le Chantier de l’économie sociale
Florence La Rochelle
Alexandra Levoguer recently completed the BCom program majoring in Marketing with a double concentration in Managing for Sustainability and International Business. She is interested in social entrepreneurship, travel, and the environmental impacts of modern business and how these issues can be addressed through impact investing and renewable energy technology. She will be applying her marketing and market research skills at CoPower this summer.
Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre
Donald Berman UP House
Kymberly Reid is a fourth-year student, close to completing her degree in Anthropology, with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. She is originally from Jamaica but has spent half of her life in Toronto. While growing up in Jamaica, she witnessed widespread economic and social inequality which has since inspired her interest in social business. She is particularly interested in working towards improving inequalities in access for marginalized individuals as well as sustainability. She looks forward to being more involved with the social economy in Montreal by working with Donald Berman UP House.
Anaïs Roger-Evans is entering her final year at McGill, majoring in International Management and minoring in Russian Culture. Her interest in social enterprises was inspired by volunteering for entrepreneur Jeff Baikowitz, and his startup 'Motherfood'. After graduating, she would like to further engage with social enterprises and hopefully apply her learnings to create startups in developing countries aimed at resolving societal problems in a sustainable, forward looking way. Through formative experiences with Habitat for Humanity and UN Women, Anais has had the opportunity to assimilate how NGOs can positively impact communities. However, through classes at McGill and interning with Starbucks in Chile, she is adamant in reconciling social change and compassion with business and efficiency. Outside of McGill, Anaïs is passionate about learning languages and triathlons. She cares deeply about sustainable approaches to nutrition and will be working with Kiffin this summer.
Dan Schechner is a second year student in the Faculty of Management, studying Strategic Management with a minor in Economics. Born in Israel and raised in Toronto, Dan enjoys learning about new cultures. He became particularly interested in South Asian culture through his work with a Canadian-based NGO in Southern India, which he visited most recently last summer. Dan first learned about social innovation and entrepreneurship through his involvement with MyVision McGill, and developed his understanding of impact measurement through his internship with L’Esplanade. In addition, Dan is interested in behavioural economics, journalism and public policy, and how they can be leveraged to generate a positive social and environmental impact. In the future, Dan hopes to be involved with social businesses and enterprises through consulting, law, or international work. Dan will be interning at Ashoka Canada.
Nicholas Toronga is a second-year student pursuing a major in Finance and a concentration in Business Analytics. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Nicholas is an active community builder. Apart from co-founding ExlAfrica, Nicholas was actively involved in Zimbabwe as a facilitator at LUT- a social enterprise that won the 2011 Harvard Innovation Challenge and as a finance controller at Zim Code- a programming non-profit organization funded by the Daves Project for Peace. A MasterCard Scholars Program Student Council Representative for McGill University, Nicholas is also a student ambassador for the Clinton Global Initiative. His entrepreneurial drive has propelled him to lead a team that won 2nd Prize in the McGill Dobson Cup for Entrepreneurship (Innovation Driven Enterprise). He is very passionate about business, technology and helping society and is excited to be interning at The Suspicious Fish Creative Literacy and Arts Program.
The Suspicious Fish Creative Literacy and Arts Program
Juan Diego Ubaque
Juan Diego Ubaque is a third year BCom student majoring in Managing for Sustainability. Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Juan Diego is passionate about social entrepreneurship and sustainable development, especially in Latin America. That passion has translated into his work with SLASummit, a conference and case competition that challenges students to pose community-led approaches to development issues. As Project Coordinator, Juan Diego spent months developing the partnership with the summit’s partner NGO and laying the groundwork for student collaboration. Prior to SLASummit, Juan Diego worked as Sponsorship Coordinator for McGill’s Commerce and Administration Student Charity Organization, which puts on an annual charity event supporting the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Driven, curious, and passionate about social business, Juan Diego will be interning at Esplanade.