Social enterprises are organizations that work to improve the environmental, economic or social well-being of people in a certain community. Many are looking for people dedicated to using their entrepreneurial skills to make a difference in the lives of others. Here is a list of 20 internships at social enterprises.
Ashoka is a social enterprise which envisions a world in which everyone is a changemaker, meaning that all citizens can contribute in positive ways. They identify and support the world’s leading social entrepreneurs through their programmes in more than 90 countries. Entrepreneurs are invited to join the Ashoka Fellowship in which they are provided with early stage financial support and a lifetime membership into an expansive network of peers and partners. As well as fellowships for entrepreneurs, Ashoka offers a number of internship possibilities. Check the jobs board on the website for more information on available internships and fellowships.
This social enterprise works with young women affected by gangs and provides training for professionals who work with them. They provide frontline services for young women aged between 11 and 24, as well as training for social workers, youth workers, police, health professionals and foster carers who will be working with these women. Abianda was set up to address the gap in services for gang-affected young women and to change the way services are delivered in order to more effectively respond to their needs. Since 2014, they have been working to change the way services are delivered to young women and girls affected by gangs. The Abianda team is committed to their shared values of social justice, equality and working together with young women and girls and they are currently looking for a new member of their team. To view details of this position, see the website.
ENGIE is a global energy and services group, focused on three core activities: low-carbon power generation, mainly based on natural gas and renewable energy; global networks and customer solutions. They aim to contribute to a harmonious progress by taking up major global challenges such as fighting against global warming, enabling access to energy for all and offering residential customers energy production solutions and services that reconcile individual and collective interests. They wish to train a large number of young people, through internship opportunities, and each year they recruit 1,200 interns to take part in their 6-month internship. To find out more about this opportunity, have a look at the website.
This is a non-profit innovation fund, headquartered in London with another office in Washington D.C., that invests in the development, rigorous testing, and scaling of innovations targeted at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people. They believe that the best ideas for solving some of the world’s most critical problems can come from anyone, anywhere and help create solutions to global development challenges from for-profit firms or non-profit organisations to maximise their impact and affect meaningful change. You can find out more about how to apply for available positions on the website.
This foundation creates programmes and invests in people and organizations that embrace their principles and harness the best impulses of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and collaboration to drive exponential impact. In particular, they focus on catalysing movements and collaborating to bring forward ideas that have transformative potential and can uncover new, more impactful ways of addressing chronic social challenges. Their entrepreneurship programme offers students and recent graduates unique and invaluable resume building work experience and networking opportunities. The Inclusive Entrepreneurship Programme works closely with members of the Social Innovation team on the execution of projects that advance opportunities for entrepreneurs regardless of race or gender. View the website for more information on the Inclusive Entrepreneurship Programme.
Techstars is a worldwide network which helps entrepreneurs to succeed through mentor engagement, rapid iteration cycles and fundraising preparation. They aim to foster inclusion and diversity throughout their entrepreneurial ecosystem by breaking down barriers to entrepreneurship worldwide and collaborating with non-profit organizations, corporations and individuals. Currently, they offer a number of internships as well as opportunities for entrepreneurs. View the website and jobs board for more details.
Global Water Intelligence is the leading publisher and events organiser serving the international water industry. Their business is built around being a trusted interface between clients and their markets, providing customers with high-level intelligence that enables them to make the most informed decisions for their businesses. They currently have around 50 employees spread between Oxford, Austin and Shanghai who publish market leading magazines, databases and reports on the international water industry. They are also offering internship opportunities so view the website for more details.
Devex is a social enterprise working to make the $200 billion aid development industry do more for people. They are also a media platform for the global development community and the largest provider of recruiting and business development services for global development. They are currently offering a social entrepreneurship internship working with children in America who are challenged with poor nutrition and access to real food. Visit the website to find out more about the internship.
BRAC is an international development organisation based in Bangladesh, which works to build social enterprises. They act as a catalyst, creating opportunities for people living in poverty to realise their potential. Their social development projects include working on eliminating extreme poverty, expanding financial choices, harnessing employable skills for decent work, and gender equality. Currently, they are running a Health, Nutrition and Population Programme Internship. This internship lasts for 3 months and aims to improve the health status of poor, underprivileged and disadvantaged populations, primarily women and children. Social enterprises have been devised with the objective to provide low cost healthcare solutions for these marginalized communities. For more information about this internship and how to apply, visit the website.
Change.org is an online petition website in which people can create and support petitions that drive social change. Through this platform, they are able to mobilise supporters and campaigns and work with decision makers to drive solutions. They are currently offering several job positions including internships such as the campaigns and communications internship in Madrid, Spain. This internship involves helping the campaigns team to find great campaigns in their platform. For more information and other internship options, take a look at the jobs board on the website.
INSEAD is one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, which aims to bring together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society. They have campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. They offer a Social Entrepreneurship Programme which integrates cutting-edge theory and practice with the deep academic knowledge of INSEAD faculty expert practitioners. Through collaboration among entrepreneurs, companies and investors, they aim to create social and economic value and high-impact social ventures. For more information on the programme, visit the website.
Dreams for Kids believes in replacing charity with opportunity and trains youth as social entrepreneurs, providing practical education, real world training and contemporary job skills as well as creating social enterprises that provide solutions to society’s critical social issues. They offer a social entrepreneurship program called Youth Enterprise Solutions (YES) which was created in partnership with Global Learning Models. Through social entrepreneurship lessons, students will begin to explore the real-world context, and relevance of essential entrepreneurial skills, in partnership with a vast array of professionals. Students will then channel their learning into the creation of social impact enterprises. Find out more about the programme by visiting the website.
The Social Entrepreneurship Akademie sees education as the key to change. Based in Munich, Germany, SEA believes social problems are solved when someone tackles them and education paves the way to dealing with challenges. They train people who want to act entrepreneurially and think socially. As well as training for entrepreneurs, they are currently offering internships for committed students in the areas of networking and communication. See the website for more information on this internship and studying at SEA.
Defy Ventures is an employment, entrepreneurship, and personal development training programme that supports the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated to become successful entrepreneurs and employees. They offer intensive personal and leaderships development support, competition-based entrepreneurship training, executive mentoring and business incubation. They address the limited access to education, skills training, and economic opportunities for men, women, and youth with criminal histories and provide hope and rigorous training for these people. If you would like to work with Defy Ventures, there are year-round internships available for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at an accredited US college or university. View the website for more information.
Founded by an Ashoka Fellow, Satyan Mishra, Drishtee works with communities in rural India who are challenged by growth of manufacturing and large-scale industrialization. Many farmers are forced to migrate for work and remain low in skills and wages. Drishtee has identified 3 core pillars of sustainability: Livelihood, Services and Basic Infrastructure. They work to provide education, health, and availability of household and banking services to villages which face these problems. They believe that sustainability of self-contained communities is needed to build a strong world. Currently, they are looking for an entrepreneur to lead and scale their livelihood skills training model, which has the potential to dramatically improve the lives and farming practices of marginalised famers in rural India. For more information on this opportunity, view the website.
Since 1998, Fair Trade USA has been the leading charge toward sustainable development and corporate social responsibility through forming fair and honest partnerships across the globe. They believe in community and hire bright, talented changemakers, who share their vision, and are also the leading independent third-party certifier of Fair-Trade products in North America. They have been awarded both the Fast Company’s Social Capitalist of the Year award and the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Currently, they are offering internships in projects which make a difference to the lives of farmers, workers, and fishermen around the world. View the website for more details.
Founded in 2005, Kiva is an international non-profit organization based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending, and alleviate poverty. Through small loans, they support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. They are passionate about social impact and creating opportunities for these communities and are also looking for interns to join them. An internship at Kiva gives 6 months of hands-on learning with an innovative internationally-recognized non-profit organization that works with tech start-ups. Visit the website to find out more about the internship.
ME to WE are an innovative social enterprise that provide products that make an impact, empowering people to change the world with their everyday consumer choices. They are part of a family of organizations that empower each of us to make the world a better place. Their socially conscious products and experiences help to support the charity, empowering domestic and international change. They also offer paid internships, so view the website to see available positions.
More than 50 million smallholder famers in Sub-Saharan Africa are locked in annual cycles of hunger because they are unable to grow enough food to feed their families. One Acre Fund is delivering proven tools to these smallholders in remote areas, where yields and access to financing have lagged behind. They measure success in their ability to make smallholder famers more prosperous and only serve farmers. Working with One Acre Fund will give you access to strong mentors and training. They are currently looking for leaders who can take the organization to the next level using entrepreneurial skills to design impactful programs for their clients. For more information on available positions, visit the website.
In 2004, Proximity Designs was launched with the commitment to create a social business for Myanmar’s underserved rural families because of farmer’s profound needs being neglected by the private, government and aid sectors. Working with social entrepreneur and civil rights leader, John Perkins, they learned that deep knowledge and understanding comes from living among those you aim to serve. Since then, they have been working in Myanmar across rural communities. As a social business, their aim is to have deep sustainable impact by investing in product design and using grants to reach thousands of rural villages. They are looking for talented, motivated individuals to move them beyond ideas and towards real action. For information on vacancies and opportunities, visit the website.