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The Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program at Columbia Business School provides support to students engaged in summer internships that create social and environmental value.
Fellowships take place in the U.S. or abroad at nonprofit, government or nongovernmental organizations, for-profit and nonprofit social ventures, and social venture capital firms. MBA students seeking to transition between sectors, industries, and functional areas use the summer to apply their business skills and explore social enterprise areas. Fellows help organizations across a range of projects and issues, including strategic planning, start-up business plan development, marketing and product strategies, financial analysis, operational improvements, and performance evaluation.
Social Enterprise Summer Fellowships:
- Provide organizations and social entrepreneurs that create social and environmental value access to much-needed MBA talent that they could not otherwise afford to hire; and
- Provide students with experience and opportunities to apply their MBA skills to practical issues faced by these organizations.
The Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program (formerly called CORPS Fellowship Program) was initiated in 1992 by MBA students. These Fellowships enjoy strong Columbia Business School community support, and funds are raised from students every year during fellowship fundraising week with support from staff, faculty, alumni, and supporters of the Program. A gift from the Class of 2003 will endow around 5 internships going forward. This support reflects the conviction that Columbia MBAs can make a significant contribution to the field of social enterprise.
Read more about the type of internships and value generated by our students working with leading organizations.
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.”