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Summer Fellowships

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.


2014 Social Enterprise Conference

Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

When: October 31, 2014,
8:30 am-6:00pm

The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036

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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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Summer Fellowship Program

Microfinance models help women of Burkina Faso

Read about the experiences of our summer fellows as they help create social and environmental value.


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