Changemaker Collaborative

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The Changemaker Collaborative (formerly known as the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise) brings together students, faculty, staff, businesses, non-profits and government agencies committed to advancing positive change for the good of all. The Collaborative supports the next generation of skilled, courageous and confident leaders, through real-world experiences and the tools of public policy and business, while helping community partners advance their sustainability initiatives.

How does the Changemaker Collaborative achieve this goal? Through a variety of programs and events that serve UNH’s students and alumni, as well as regional businesses, nonprofits, and the community at large. These programs and events include the annual Social Venture Innovation Challenge, the B Impact Clinic, and social innovation internships.

The Carsey School and Paul College founded the Changemaker Collaborative, and in 2019 the UNH Sustainability Institute joined the partnership, a move that reflects the Collaborative’s emphasis on helping students to discover solutions to some of society’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Over the years, many Carsey students have participated in the Changemaker Collaborative's programs. Additionally, we've partnered with the Collaborative to offer educational funding to graduates of the Semester in the City program who pursue a master's degree at Carsey.

  Visit the Changemaker Collaborative website

 

“As we develop solutions to the range of societal challenges faced globally, nationally, and locally, the tools of business, and businesses themselves, can play a significant constructive role. Through its education, research and public engagement, [the Changemaker Collaborative] develops and promotes this intersection between public policy and business.”

~Carsey School Director Michael Ettlinger

Student Profile: Juliana Good '20, '21G (MPP)

Master in Public Policy student Juliana Good has participated in several Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise/Changemaker Collaborative programs, including the New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge and the Social Innovation Internship.

 

Changemaker Collaborative/Carsey Students & Alumni

  • With Student Jordyn Kafka '19 (MPP)
    "I found [the Washington, D.C., Colloquium] to be the most valuable aspect of the program because I got to apply classroom skills to the real world of policymaking."      ~(MPP) Alum Jordyn Kafka '19, '20G
    With Student Jordyn Kafka '19 (MPP)
    "I found [the Washington, D.C., Colloquium] to be the most valuable aspect of the program because I got to apply classroom skills to the real world of policymaking."      ~(MPP) Alum Jordyn Kafka '19, '20G
  • With Student Juliana Good '20, '21G (MPP)
    "In the words of Nike: Just Do It! This is an incredibly flexible, supportive, and engaging program that will translate your plans for changing the world into tangible work."       ~(MPP) student Juliana Good '20, '21G
    With Student Juliana Good '20, '21G (MPP)
    "In the words of Nike: Just Do It! This is an incredibly flexible, supportive, and engaging program that will translate your plans for changing the world into tangible work."       ~(MPP) student Juliana Good '20, '21G
  • With Alum Matt Wilhelm '16G (MPA)
    Matt Wilhelm '16G was considering ways he might be able to take the next step in his career. With a young family and a full-time job, pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at the Carsey School posed a time management dilemma.
    With Alum Matt Wilhelm '16G (MPA)
    Matt Wilhelm '16G was considering ways he might be able to take the next step in his career. With a young family and a full-time job, pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at the Carsey School posed a time management dilemma.

Changemaker Collaborative Academic Programs

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Semester in the City

Semester in the City is a fully-credited fellowship program that gives undergraduate students the opportunity to spend a semester learning hands-on through well-supported internships in the social sector. As a fellow in Semester in the City, you will intern with a nonprofit, social mission business, or government agency for 30 hours per week for a full-semester. Learn More

The Carsey School offers a $5,000 education award to Semester in the City graduates who pursue one of our master's degrees. Additionally, any student who has completed the Semester in the City program and is pursuing the Master in Public Policy program is eligible to have his or her internship requirement waived. Visit our partnership webpage to learn more.

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The NH Social Innovation Challenge

The NH Social Innovation Challenge (SVIC) invites students (as individuals or in teams of up to 5 members) from across the state to identify pressing social, environmental or economic issues at the state, national or global level, and develop innovative, sustainable, business-oriented ideas to solve them. Learn more

Over the years, many Carsey School alumni and current students have participating in the NH SVIC, among them Master in Public Policy graduate Marisa Rafal '20G and Master in Community Development graduate Hannah MacBride '13G. You can read an article on their success at the 2020 SVIC below.

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Social Innovation Internship

Whether you’re already committed to a career at the intersection of mission and business, or curious how to apply your major’s skills towards social and environmental good, the 9-week, paid Social Innovation Internship connects students to leading for-profit and nonprofit organizations for a rigorous and meaningful summer internship. Students are provided support and professional skill building through UNH trainings. Learn more

Master in Public Policy student Jordyn Kafka '19 served as a Social Innovation Intern this past summer. You can read more about Jordyn on the Sustainability website.

Changemakers in the News

Jessica Forrest (fourth from left) and Hannah MacBride (third from right) with judges from the NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge.

Carsey Alum & Student Take Home Prizes at NH SVIC 2019

Hannah MacBride ’07, ‘13, Marisa Rafal ’19, ‘20G win with toy-sharing themed projects
The annual New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC) highlights and awards seed money to innovative, socially oriented projects and business plans submitted by full-and part-time students from New Hampshire universities and colleges, current New Hampshire residents and University of New Hampshire alumni based anywhere in the world. Co-hosted by the Carsey School, the Center for...
Spring cohort of Semester in the City interns

Change Yourself, Change the World

Semester in the City students transition to remote internships
Semester in the City honored its eighth successful semester on May 1. Eighteen students presented five-minute reflections on their recent internships at locations throughout the Boston area. Like previous showcases, participants celebrated the students’ accomplishments and connection with a diverse community focused on making the world a better place. The two-hour event was heartfelt and...
Winners of the 2019 NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge

2019 NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge Winners

Annual contest honors ingenuity
A digital platform to help educators use experiential education to improve students’ lives and a micro-franchise that delivers vitamin supplementation to people in Haiti were the winners of UNH’s seventh annual NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC). Kendra Bostick ’23 and Bryn Lottig took home the top prize in the student track with Kikori, a digital platform that improves students'...