The Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) is pleased to announce the Social Economy Initiative’s Impact Internship cohort for the 2017 year. Now heading into its fifth consecutive year, the program pairs top McGill undergraduate students with social-purpose organizations for paid placements over the spring and summer months. Past interns have reported that the experience has allowed them to be more empowered to take on social impact and social change projects. In turn, host organizations have benefited from the concrete management skills and youthful enthusiasm which interns bring to their operations.
Since 2013, the SEI IIP has supported 58 student interns with 34 different organizations, primarily in Montreal. The twelve McGill students named to this year’s cohort are:
- Sophie Briques (Le Salon 1861)
- Shannon Chen See (MotherFood International)
- Marjolaine Génot (Quartier de l'innovation)
- Félix Giroux (le Chantier de l’économie sociale)
- Florence La Rochelle (Communautique)
- Alexandra LeVoguer (CoPower)
- Cécile Raya (Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre)
- Kymberly Reid (Donald Berman UP House)
- Anaïs Roger-Evans (Kiffin)
- Dan Schechner (Ashoka Canada)
- Nicholas Toronga (The Suspicious Fish Creative Literacy and Arts Program)
- Juan Diego Ubaque (Esplanade)
In addition to fulfilling their internship mandates, students contribute valuable research data to the Social Innovators' Integration Lab (SIIL), an observatory and research hub on social entrepreneurship and social innovation initiatives. Students translate the practices and observations from their internships into deeper learning experiences for researchers, community practitioners, and other students.
New this year, the program has partnered with several McGill units to better support students with their understanding of equity and working in solidarity with community-based organizations, their capacity to systematically reflect and identify the skills they have gained throughout their mandates, and their ability to write compelling case studies. Over the past few months, representatives from the Desautels Faculty of Management Soutar Career Centre, Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office, McGill Career Planning Services (CaPS), and McGill Library have lent their time and expertise to further enhance the student experience.
Students and organizations interested in being part of the 2018 cohort are encouraged to follow the SEI Facebook Page or subscribe to the MDIIM Newsletter to be alerted when applications open in late fall.