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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

B Lab
Calvert Group
Education Pioneers
Environmental Defense Fund
Harlem Children's Zone
National Park Service
Learn about Career Development at Stern and view more Stern employers

Learn about the NYU Stern Loan Assistance Program

Student Podcasts

Hear more about Social Enterprise at Stern from students Stephanie Lin and Abby Jones:

Social Enterprise Career Paths

The Social Enterprise Association

Social Impact Internship Fund

Board Fellows 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 admchair@stern.nyu.edu 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

Video: Alumni Journeys

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Dan Saccardi, MBA/MPA 2007
Principal, CleanTech Group

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

Alumnus Profile

full-time mba social enterprise alumnus
Mel Ochoa, MBA 2008

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications,
Achievement First

Pre-Stern work experience: Built marketing, publicity and multicultural outreach campaigns at a children's museum

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