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Social Enterprise

Stern supports your passion for making the world a better place

NYU Stern provides a comprehensive program for students interested in social enterprise. The curriculum covers topics such as social entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. To complement academic preparation, students may capitalize on numerous experiential learning opportunities.


Selected Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Employers of NYU Stern MBAs

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Business for Social Responsibility
Charity Water
Education Pioneers
Environmental Defense Fund

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Golden Seeds
Lean In
National Parks Service

Taproot Foundation
William J. Clinton Foundation
World Health Organization
Learn about Career Development at Stern and view more Stern employers

Learn about the NYU Stern Loan Assistance Program

Social Impact Internship Fund

  • Provides funding to selected students who pursue opportunities in the social sector
  • Students apply for funding and complete an interview with the selection committee
  • Grantees have interned at such organizations as Agora Partnerships, Education Pioneers, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Taproot Foundation and USAID

Stern Board Fellows Program

  • Students are matched with boards of prominent nonprofit organizations and serve as non-voting board members for one academic year
  • Complete a board-level strategic project in support of the organization’s mission and gain an in-depth understanding of the role of business leaders on nonprofit boards
  • Receive upfront training and ongoing support through sessions with experts from the nonprofit and NYU communities

Stern Consulting Corps & Stern Signature Projects

  • Stern Consulting Corps (SCC) -  Aligned with a 1.5 credit course entitled 'Consulting Practice: Process and Problem Solving,' SCC students work in teams to tackle a critical business issue or opportunity for a client while applying in real time the key steps of the consulting process taught in the classroom. Past partners have included Carnegie Hall, City Harvest, International Rescue Committee and the William J. Clinton Foundation.
  • Stern Signature Projects - Through Faculty Fellow Projects, The Clinton Foundation Haiti Initiative, CFDA Masters Workshop & the new IDC Global Strategy Project, Stern Signature Projects provide students with unique opportunities to tackle real business challenges through targeted project engagements.
  • Gain valuable consulting experience that is transferable to future careers, while developing a sense of social consciousness
  • Learn more about experiential learning at Stern
  • Revitalize Possible - SCC students partnered with Jersey City's Economic Development Corporation to revise its strategy and expand its impact on a limited budget. Read more about this project in the Financial Times.

International Social Impact Strategies (ISIS) Course

  • Apply classroom learning to real-world issues by conducting field work in a developing country such as India or Colombia
  • Gain hands-on exposure to innovative models for serving the world's poorest populations, as well as to international social enterprises that are making a tangible impact
  • Complete team-based projects on areas such as poverty alleviation, energy, health, and sustainability

Social Entrepreneurship Resources

Partnership with Teach For America and Teach for India

As a result of an exciting collaboration with Teach for America and Teach for India, NYU Stern provides application fee refunds to program alumni. To request a fee refund, please contact and include documentation of service. Please note that the refund comes in the form of a check after you pay your application fee by credit card online.

Student Clubs:

Emerging Markets Association (EMA)
Entrepreneurs' Exchange (EEX)
Government and Business Association (GBA)
Social Enterprise Association (SEA)
Stern Energy Club

Related Specializations

Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Global Business
Leadership and Change Management
Social Innovation and Impact

Approved Electives at NYU Wagner School of Public Service

  • Environmental Impact Assessment: Process and Procedures
  • Finance in Developing Countries
  • Financial Management for Nonprofits and NGOs
  • Global Health, Governance and Management
  • Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Urban Economic Development: Theory and Practice

Alumna Profile

Gianna Shepherd - SE CP
Gianna Shepard, MBA 2010

Director of Alumni Leadership Initiatives, Education Pioneers

Undergraduate: Anthropology, Yale University

Pre-Stern work experience: Fundraising and development for performing arts nonprofit ODC

Stern specializations: Strategy, Social Innovation & Impact

Club involvement: VP of Academics, Social Enterprise Association; Helped launch Board Fellows Program and International Social Impact Strategies (ISIS) Course

Favorite Stern courses: Nonprofit Capital Markets, Managing Growing Companies, Restructuring, Implementing Strategy

Summer internship: Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship


"Because Stern is a student-driven school, you have the opportunity and agency to make the experience uniquely yours. If there's something you want out of your business school education that doesn't currently exist at Stern, you are empowered and supported by the administration and your classmates to make it happen. I got to be part of launching new programs, like Board Fellows, the ISIS course, and the Loan Assistance Program, which allowed me to both learn a lot and to give something back to the school for the benefit of future Sternies."

Intersect Possible

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In 2014,18 Full-time MBA students pursued summer internships at the intersection of business and society, with funding from Stern’s Social Impact Internship Fund (SIIF). Click above to learn more.

Video: Powerful Answers

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Two Sternies won a $1m Verizon Powerful Answers Award with their portable vision examination idea. Watch the video above to learn more