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Alumni & Connections
Alumni of the Social Enterprise Program are an invaluable resource for MBA students and for one another. They participate in conferences, serve as mentors for the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program, provide career advice and mentoring to students, serve as guest speakers in courses, help source pro bono consulting projects, participate in research projects with faculty, attend the Social Enterprise Program's Annual Reception, and participate in student club lunch time and evening speaker and social events.
Columbia Business School also taps into New York City, which boasts unsurpassed resources for students and graduates alike. As the global corporate center and home to more nonprofit organizations than any other city, New York offers countless opportunities to learn about and contribute to innovations in social enterprise. The Social Enterprise Program facilitates these opportunities through pro bono projects inside and outside the classroom, summer internships, seminars, and volunteer opportunities with local organizations.
The SEP engages a wide network of academic and business leaders who share a vision for finding innovative ways to generate social benefit through business practices. In addition, Columbia University has a vast array of centers and programs that offer activities and courses relevant to students and practitioners interested in social enterprise. These connections not only add exponentially to the MBA experience but also enrich the ongoing professional experience and learning of alumni.
Both the Social Enterprise Program and the student clubs welcome alumni and practitioner involvement in initiatives at the School. To get involved please join our e-mail list or contact us. Columbia Business School alumni who would like to be invited alumni events can update their contact details, interests and email list subscriptions in BANC online.
Social Enterprise Summer Fellows
“My experience working with communities in India and Africa, as well as on developing public-private partnerships with government and non-profit agencies, convinced me of the need for innovative approaches to international development”
“I see entrepreneurs as the key leverage point in development, so interning at Ashoka made perfect sense.”
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy
“This internship matched my interest in harnessing the power and resources in the for profit sector to effect social change.”