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Impact Possible

In 2015, 12 full-time MBA students pursued summer internships at the intersection of business and society, with funding from Stern’s Social Impact Internship Fund (SIIF).

"As an intern at New York City’s Department of City Planning, I had the chance to influence how New York achieves its vision of a more equitable, sustainable and resilient home for millions. I chose to come to NYU because it creates opportunities like this, and the SIIF Fellowship helps make them possible to pursue," reflected Simon Lim, an MBA/MPA candidate and one of 12 Fellows chosen for this year’s Social Impact Internship Fund (SIIF).

SIIF is one of several ways NYU Stern helps students partner with public sector, nonprofit and start-up organizations to engage in meaningful summer internship programs like the one Simon experienced. In particular, SIIF supports first-year, full-time MBA students who would like to pursue summer internships at the intersection of business and society, where they can use their business education to impact the broader world around them.

Click on the photos below to learn more about the 2015 SIIF Fellows and their partner organizations, ranging from an international nonprofit promoting business solutions that address poverty in the developing world to an education management program supporting at-risk youth in K-8 schools within Newark, NJ.

Whitney Adair_ 2015 SIIF Fellow Shivansh Aggarwal Jamie Farris_2015 SIIF Fellow
Haley Garrett_ 2015 SIIF Fellow Sarah Janowsky_ 2015 SIIF Fellow Nicole Kenny_ 2015 SIIF Fellow
Simon Lim_ 2015 SIIF Fellow Colin Miller_ 2015 SIIF Fellow Andrea Perez de Celis Lopez_ 2015 SIIF Fellow
Ronica Reddick_ 2015 SIIF Fellow Jaafar Rizvi_ 2015 SIIF Fellow Rita Vinnik_ 2015 SIIF Fellow

The MBA community helps support the SIIF Fellowship through an annual event, "Think Social, Drink Local." Stern’s Social Enterprise Association and Luxury & Retail Club team up each spring for this runway show featuring local fashion designers, and Stern MBA students and administrators (which have included Dean Peter Henry as well as Dean of MBA Students Conor Grennan) model the fashions. The event is catered with locally produced food and drinks, and all proceeds support SIIF. Learn more about "Think Social, Drink Local" in the video below: