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
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Learn about the NYU Stern Loan Assistance Program for graduates entering careers in Social Enterprise

Experiential Learning

  • 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.
  • Stern Board Fellows - Students are matched with boards of prominent nonprofit organizations, serve as non-voting board members for one academic year, and complete a strategic project in support of the organization's mission.
  • Social Impact Internship Fund (SIIF) - A highly competitive fellowship, SIIF supports select first-year MBA students pursuing summer internships with nonprofit organizations and for-profit social enterprises. SIIF recipients have interned at such organizations as Ashoka, Education Pioneers, Environmental Defense Fund and Millennium Challenge Corporation.
  • Social Problem Based Entrepreneurship - Conducted over 3 weeks in India, this fieldwork-based course allows students to incubate a series of social ventures in "start-up" teams. Students gain hands-on exposure to innovative models for serving the world's poorest populations and to international social enterprises that are making a tangible impact.
  • Learn more about experiential learning at Stern

Social Venture Competition

  • Sponsored by the W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab, the Social Venture Competition is part of the annual Entrepreneurs Challenge. Winners receive the $100,000 Stewart Satter Family Prize.

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)
Entrepreneurship & Startup Association
Government and Business Association (GBA)
Social Enterprise Association (SEA)
Stern Energy & Infrastructure Club

Related Specializations

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