Current and Former Recipients of NYU Stern’s Social Impact Internship Fund (SIIF) Celebrate the Fellowship’s 9th Anniversary

Current and former recipients of NYU Stern’s Social Impact Internship Fund (SIIF) gathered with Dean Peter Henry to celebrate the collective achievements of the community. SIIF, which began in 2008, supports first-year full-time MBA students who wish to complete a summer internship working at the intersection of business and society, including non-profit organizations, for-profit social enterprises and government agencies.

Students, alumni and donors were welcomed with remarks from the Dean before hearing from past recipients of the fellowship. Jennifer Gootman, MBA ‘10, highlighted her experience interning at Agora Partnerships, which showed her “how to combine passions and aptitudes to create a career.” Today, she works for West Elm in ethical sourcing. Ken Herrera, MBA ‘13, who spent a summer working with the NYC Department of Education, said his SIIF experience showed him the type of organization he wanted to pursue and the impact he could have. Herrera now works for Uncommon Schools, a nonprofit charter school network that serves low-income students.

Simon Lim, MBA/MPA ‘17, credited SIIF with alleviating the risk he felt he was taking on by exploring a career in government and public policy. “SIIF gave me the opportunity to better understand how the city touches 8 million people’s lives, and it reinforced my desire to continue down the path of social impact.”

The evening concluded with a networking reception and refreshments. To read about this year’s SIIF recipients, click here. To learn more about the fellowship, visit the website.