SEI Impact Internship Program
*Announcement* The SEI Impact Internship Program is on-hiatus for Summer 2019. We are using this summer to partner with social innovation practitioners to co-create different models with the aim of making this special experience available to larger and more diverse cohorts of students and organizations across Montreal.
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.
These high-quality internships are 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. Such 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.