SEI Impact Internship Program

SEI Impact Internship Program

Applications are now closed. If you are student or social-purpose organization interested in applying to the 2018 program, applications are expected to open Nov. 2017.

SEI Impact Internship Program

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.


2017 SEI Impact Internship Program Cohort

Sophie Briques is a third-year management student with a triple concentration in Business Analytics, Strategic Management, and Managing for Sustainability. Her mixed Brazilian and French background has helped her build a global perspective on social and environmental issues. She is particularly interested in how new business tools can help tackle these issues in a global scale. Having experience in community projects in Brazil and sustainable energy initiatives in Dubai, she hopes to have a positive impact in the community around her as well as to develop sustainability skills that can be applied in the global business context. Sophie will be working with Le Salon 1861 this summer.

Sophie Briques

Sophie Briques

Le Salon 1861


Shannon Chen See

Shannon Chen See

MotherFood International

Shannon Chen See was born and raised in Jamaica and is pursuing an honours degree in International Development Studies with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. Her background and professional experiences at Social Justice Connection, a human rights NGO, and the Caribbean Policy Research Institute, a public policy think tank, have all contributed to her passion for the social economy. Currently, she is part of a team working to launch Thryve: an online platform that connects incoming refugees with successfully settled refugees prior to arrival. On campus, Shannon was a copy editor for Chrysalis, the International Development Studies Journal, and will be serving as President of the Caribbean Students' Society this fall. She aspires to return to Jamaica to foster the environment for small and medium-sized enterprises by establishing a centre for entrepreneurship, or through public policy work. As an Impact Intern, Shannon is excited to contribute to Montreal's social sector by fulfilling her mandate at MotherFood International.


Marjolaine Génot is a third year student at McGill University studying at the Desautels Faculty of Management. She is pursuing a BCom in General Management with a triple concentration in Information Systems, International Business and Managing for Sustainability. Her interest in the intersection between sustainability and business, and determination to create lasting impact in a firm has driven her desire to work in the social business and consulting fields. In her free time, she enjoys engaging in activities such as rugby, horseback riding, and yoga, as well as exploring Montréal in search of cozy coffee shops accompanied by a good book. Marjolaine will be interning with Le Quartier de l’innovation.

Marjolaine Génot

Marjolaine Génot

Le Quartier de l’innovation


Félix Giroux

Félix Giroux

Le Chantier de l’économie sociale

Félix Giroux is entering his second year, pursuing a BCom double-major in International Management and Managing for Sustainability. He aims to reframe the values of business by supporting and encouraging social and solidarity economy (SSE) organizations. He is also very passionate about sustainability and social innovation and is excited to be studying in China and Copenhagen in the next year, two countries where these themes are prevalent. On campus, he is working with different stakeholders to promote the SSE, sustainability, and citizenship. Félix is grateful to have been chosen as an Impact Intern and will be working with le Chantier de l’économie sociale this summer. 


Florence La Rochelle is a first year BCom student pursuing a major in Strategic Management and a concentration in Business Analytics. She has been involved in different entities where she had the opportunity to showcase her drive for pressing social issues, including sustainable growth and gender equality. As she arrived at McGill, she continued to volunteer her time to a student-led non-profit organization aiming to empower at-risk youth through fair access to music education. Growing up in the arts sphere, playing for orchestras and founding a wind ensemble, she hopes to ultimately merge these passions into a career in the social impact field in artistic and cultural organizations. She could not be more enthusiastic to be interning at Communautique, as she also has a keen interest in technology and information democratization.

Florence La Rochelle

Florence La Rochelle

Communautique


Alexandra LeVoguer

Alexandra LeVoguer

CoPower

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.


Cécile Raya is pursuing a BCom, Majoring in Managing for Sustainability with a concentration in Strategic Management. As the Vice President Internal of Enactus McGill, a student-led organization which creates community development projects through entrepreneurial action, she has developed a passion for social entrepreneurship as well as witnessed the operational challenges of a non-profit first-hand. She has been involved in multiple green initiatives on campus and hopes to apply the skills and knowledge she has gained in her future career. She is humbled to have been given the opportunity to work as an Impact Intern this summer for Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre.

Cécile Raya

Cécile Raya

Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre


Kymberly Reid

Kymberly Reid

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. 

Anaïs Roger-Evans

Anaïs Roger-Evans

Kiffin


Dan Schechner

Dan Schechner

Ashoka Canada

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.

Nicholas Toronga

Nicholas Toronga

The Suspicious Fish Creative Literacy and Arts Program


Juan Diego Ubaque

Juan Diego Ubaque

Esplanade

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.