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.
“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)
Changemaker Collaborative/Carsey Students & Alumni
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.
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.
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