Collaborate, innovate and make an impact.
Through UB's Social Impact Fellows program, students from the School of Management and School of Social Work spend the summer learning about and creating social innovation in Western New York. Presented in collaboration with the Blackstone LaunchPad at UB, the program pairs action-oriented MBA and Master of Social Work students together for an eight-week internship at a local mission-driven organization, where they work together to address pressing social issues and make an impact on our community.
After a successful first cohort in 2017, the program will be offered again in summer 2018 thanks to the generous support of the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Family Foundation. In late May, fellows will complete a five-day social innovation course and two-day program orientation. From June 4 to July 27, participants will spend eight weeks with their internship organizations.
For more information or questions on the application process, contact Ezra Staley, executive director of social innovation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for the 2018 cohort of Social Impact Fellows, complete the student application form by Feb. 2, 2018.
To apply to be a 2018 partner organization, submit
a proposal by Jan. 31, 2018, with a project or challenge
statement for students to address during their summer
Ten for-profit or nonprofit organizations that are working to
address social issues will be selected as internship sites for
2018. If your organization is chosen, one Master of Business
Administration student and one Master of Social Work student will
spend 32 hours a week, Monday through Thursday, for eight weeks at
your site working on their project. The experience culminates in
the Pitch for a Cause competition, in which the fellows compete for
funding for the projects they helped start.
The Social Impact Fellows program prepares students to address
societal issues using principles of entrepreneurship and
sustainable social innovation.
Across the globe, social innovation is rapidly growing, as companies, nonprofits and governments partner to bring together their skills and perspectives to tackle sweeping challenges. That's the spirit that guides the Social Impact Fellows program — and provides great benefits for each stakeholder.
"The pairing of MSW and MBA students was exactly what we needed to create a plan that was person-centered, fiscally responsible and sustainable." — Sandra Lauer, Director, Continuum of Care, Erie County Medical Center
“The students created a comprehensive program based on a
solid foundation of research that has the potential to help youth
aging out of foster care find and afford stable housing, support
their educational and financial goals, and help set them up for a
self-sufficient future. We were so impressed with their
professionalism, initiative and how well they worked as a team,
while each bringing their specific strengths to the work." —
Amanda Wilton, Housing and Financial Coach, Belmont Housing
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