Social Impact Initiatives

Social Impact at Stern provides opportunities for you to create shared value while banking real-world experiences, deepening your Stern classroom experience, and broadening your perspective and network.

"OCCO" - for Org Comm students

OCCO participants have an interest in exploring the idea of “social impact”: learning more about the role corporations and government play as global citizens, and, where applicable, expanding capabilities to ably participate in furthering the development of social venture ideas – your own and/or others.


"SWERVE" - for LBS and PRL students

This fall, students participating in the Swerve co-curricular program will inquire: what is justice?, what kind of leaders are required in a just society?, and how should those leaders be educated? We will raise these questions in reference to the broad themes of the LBS and PRL courses, in light of current geopolitical dynamics as well as trends in business, and through a close reading of Plato's Republic. Our goal is to empower students to educate themselves and become wise leaders.    


BIP "FYI" - First Year Impact - for BIP students (spring only)

The First Year Impact (FYI) program provides a forum for reflection and personal discovery through service and discussion. It augments the Social Impact Core, and is one of two opportunities available to Stern first-year students who are enrolled in a spring section of Business and Its Publics.

BIP "SSP" - Social Solutions Project Lab - for BIP students (spring only)

The Social Solutions Project Lab provides a small group of first-year students who have an interest in social entrepreneurship with an opportunity to research and develop business ideas that can create shared value. It augments the Social Impact Core, and is one of two opportunities available to Stern first-year students who are enrolled in a spring section of Business and Its Publics.


Social Impact Stipends (application open to all Stern undergraduate students)

Since 2006, the Stern Undergraduate College has awarded more than 200 social impact stipends to Stern undergraduates who seek to create shared value by tackling 21st century real-world challenges. SI Stipend participants volunteer with nonprofits and government agencies, and explore the early creation of their own social ventures during every semester and break period. Apply.

2016-2017 SI Stipend Application Priority Consideration Dates:
  • Fri., 5/4/18, 5pm - 2018 Summer Cycle Applications
  • Fri., 9/28/18, 5pm - 2018 Fall Semester Cycle Applications
  • Fri., 12/3/18, 5pm - Winter Break 2018/2019 Cycle Applications
  • Fri., 2/8/19, 5pm - 2019 Spring Semester and 2019 Spring Break Cycle Applications
(See also Wasserman Center Internship Grant)

Undergraduate Book Club (participation open to all Stern undergraduate students)

Join us for the Social Impact Undergraduate Book Club Discussion Series. Check back later for the announcement of the Fall 2018 book club selections! 

In partnership with the Undergraduate Social Impact and Advising teams, this student-driven initiative extends the intellectual journey that is initiated in NYU Stern’s social impact courses. Participants tap into their scholarly curiosity and broaden their intellectual horizons. 

Stern International Volunteers: GHANA (SOIM-UB.2000)

As a student in this spring course, you will take a 3-credit seminar in which we will explore Ghanaian culture, history, and laws focusing on the role of property, human rights and environmental concerns. We will consider the roles of law and business as agents for social change. 


Experiential Learning Seminar: Social Impact Consulting (MULT-UB.0103)

In this fall and spring experiential learning seminar course, teams of undergraduates apply lessons learned in the SI Core Curriculum while working with faculty mentors on consulting-based projects that produce value for nonprofit partner organizations.

Social Impact Council (SIC)

Working closely with Matt Statler, Richman Family Director of Business Ethics and Social Impact Programming, and Kristy McCadden, Senior Associate Director of Social Impact Programming, the SIC is a working committee comprised of concerned and involved undergraduate students who fulfill a crucial, on the ground advisory role for the NYU Stern Undergraduate Social Impact administration.

Social Impact @ NYU

Get involved. Create. Social. Impact. There are plenty of opportunities to interact with the larger NYU community. Become a member of the Civic Team, participate in an Alternate Break, or help a child learn to read as a part of America Reads, America Counts. Visit the NYU Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service to learn more about NYU clubs and service and leadership opportunities that await you.