Social E Fellowships allow students to explore social entrepreneurship as a pathway of public service and social change. Fellows can spend a summer working full-time in the social entrepreneurship arena with an established social entrepreneur as a mentor.
The Social E Fellows program is a partnership of the Haas Center and Stanford Social Entrepreneurial Students’ Association (SENSA), a student-led affiliate of the Haas Center. Selected fellows can spend a summer working full-time with one of the organizations listed on this SENSA page. These organizations have previously partnered with SENSA and/or have ongoing connections with Stanford.
Each Social E Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,500 to cover most of the essential costs associated with an unpaid service experience. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.
The Summer 2020 placements will be at the following organizations (please see below for more full information regarding each placement before you apply):
- Accountability Counsel amplifies the voices of communities around the world to protect their human rights and environment. As advocates for people harmed by internationally financed projects, we employ community driven and policy level strategies to access justice (accountabilitycounsel.org). *This opportunitity is co-sponsored with CS+Social Good. Please apply through CS for Social Good's application*
- Build Change works to greatly reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses caused by housing and school collapses due to earthquakes and typhoons in emerging nations (buildchange.org).
- Data for Black Lives is a group of activists, organizers, and mathematicians committed to the mission of using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people (d4bl.org).
- Unum ID (also ePluribus) is a seed-stage startup building a single online identity for each offline human using blockchain. ePluribus is Unum ID’s civic engagement platform, implementing its identity verification technology for impactful use cases across city and state governments, homeless shelters, political campaigns and health clinics (unumid.org).
- Impact Experience builds bridges and deep relationships between impact investors, foundations, entrepreneurs, artists and local leaders to co-create solutions with marginalized communities (impact-experience.com).
- Real Industry is an education nonprofit that brings leading technology companies directly into the university ecosystem. Through university partnerships, events, and online mentorship, we help students and recent grads explore how companies really work and prepare them for the roles and careers available in the industry (realindustry.org).
Applications require one letter of recommendation from a Stanford faculty member, a Stanford staff member or a previous supervisor.
Accountability Counsel (San Francisco, CA)
For 10 years, Accountability Counsel has amplified the voices of communities around the world to protect their human rights and environment. Our team of world-class advocates works directly with communities challenging human rights and environmental abuses financed from abroad. We specialize in the accountability offices that have been created to address these abuses. Our policy advocates work to ensure that those accountability offices are transparent, independent, fair, accessible, and effective. Our research tracks global complaints and exposes patterns in the accountability system that can be used to prevent harm. We also convene a global network of advocates to foster a movement for accountability in international finance. In all our work, we employ respect-based methods to ensure that marginalized people, particularly women and girls, are included as full participants in community strategies seeking accountability.
Role and/or project description:
Interns will work within our Research program to contribute to ongoing data projects. They will support our Research team by collecting, organizing, and analyzing data on complaints, and building analytical tools to more effectively use available data. In addition to the Accountability Console, our Django-built database of all community complaints filed to accountability offices, the Research program creates a number of web-based tools to assist communities. Interns are expected to contribute both to the development of the database and some of our ongoing community-based projects including a global phone survey system, and a satellite mapping tool, and qualitative research. Interns can expect to learn Python-based programming, data analysis techniques, and qualitative research methodologies as they apply to international human rights advocacy work.
Strong analytical thinking skills and an interest in learning new research and data analysis methodologies
Students from any discipline are welcome to apply
Familiarity with statistical modeling, database management, and coding languages such as Python or R is helpful but not required
*This opportunitity is co-sponsored with CS+Social Good. Please apply through CS for Social Good's application*
Build Change (Bogotá, Columbia)
Founded in 2004, Build Change is an innovative international non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to save lives in developing countries susceptible to earthquakes and windstorms before disaster strikes. This is accomplished by designing disaster-resistant houses; training homeowners, builders, engineers and government officials to build them; working with governments to develop and implement building standards; partnering with the private sector to improve building materials quality and create jobs; and facilitating access to incentive-based capital for reconstruction and retrofitting by partnering with financing institutions and government subsidy programs. Over the past 15 years, we have been able to ensure 332,000 people are safer as a result of 61,500 safer homes and schools worldwide. Build Change is the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2017 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship, OpenIDEO Urban Resilience Challenge Winner, and was a top three finalist in IBM’s inaugural Call for Code Developer Challenge in 2018. We currently have program offices in Colombia, Nepal, Indonesia, the Philippines and the Caribbean. Please visit our website to learn more.
Role and/or project description:
Build Change is involved in the Casa Digna - Vida Digna (CDVD) Program for the Ministry of Housing in Colombia, which aims to improve 600,000 houses from 2018 through 2022. We support this program on a technical level by contributing our global experience in housing – which involves assessing homes, determining what types of homes require intervention, identifying the types of intervention needed, and analyzing how to pursue the necessary intervention with the government subsidies available among other tasks. Additionally, we support the development of technological tools that allow the program to run more efficiently. By Summer 2020, we will be producing technical documents to support the Casa Digna - Vida Digna Program and will also be in the production as well as testing stages for technological tools in the field. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting a student from Stanford University committed to the social welfare of others to help us further our mission with support of this project as well as share our message that safe housing is a human right.
An individual who can be described as optimistc, flexible, humble, patient, and having a good sense of humor
Background in one of the following areas of study: Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or Computer Science.
An ideal candidate has knowledge or experience in programming with Fulcrum or similar applications.
Excellent written communication skills. Experience with producing written documents, particularly for public policy, would be preferable – especially if the candidate has any knowledge, experience or interest in housing.
Ability to work among a diverse group of individuals.
Fluency in English. Working knowledge of Spanish would be an advantage.
Additional note in regards to Bogotá:
The safety of travel to any international destination is reviewed up until time of departure. The fellowship program must adhere to the Provost’s International Travel Policy, which states: Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized trips are prohibited to countries or regions and locations within a country where the U.S. Department of State has issued an official Travel Advisory of Level 4 (“Do Not Travel”) or Level 3 (“Reconsider Travel”) for either the country destination, or for the particular region or location of intended travel within the country destination, or where there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks. No university funds or resources may be used, or university sponsorship provided, in support of travel to these locations.
Data for Black Lives (New York City, NY)
Data for Black Lives (D4BL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of using data and technology to make concrete change in the lives of Black people. Through advocacy, movement-building, and leadership development, we are working to support the vital work of grassroots racial justice organizations to challenge discriminatory uses of data and algorithms across systems. With our national network of over 4,000 scientists and activists, we are building a future in which data and technology are forces for good, rather than instruments of oppression, in Black communities.
Role and/or project description:
In the digital and automated world in which we find ourselves, the threats facing Black communities are increasingly data-driven and algorithmic. The black codes and redlining of the past have been replaced with high-tech forms of discrimination mediated by risk assessments, predictive policing, welfare algorithms, and targeted advertisements. Grassroots organizations on the front lines of racial justice struggle to fight these 21st century civil rights battles with limited technical resources, capacity, and expertise. At the same time, data scientists, software engineers, and mathematicians all across the country are eager to find ways to contribute their skills to the fight for racial justice, but often don’t know where to begin. Data for Black Lives is in the early stages of developing a two-sided marketplace to facilitate effective collaboration between activists and organizers on the frontlines of racial justice and individuals with technical skills in their communities. Data for Black Lives seeks a Technical Implementation Fellow to project manage the pilot and community engagement phase of the D4BL Switchboard -- an online infrastructure for cultivating collaborations supported by an external team of technical experts and management by our Chief Technology Officer and Operations Director, to provide ongoing support. Over the course of the fellowship, through meetings with our data council, stakeholder interviews, and membership analysis of our network, the Technical Implementation Fellow will:
● Outline goals, measurements, outcomes for community reception,
● Work with the external technical and design team to make adjustments to the platform based on user feedback
● Formally roll out the switchboard in targeted communities through launch event(s), development of toolkits and modules, and in-person trainings. The fellowship may culminate /or begin with (depending on Fellow start date) testing user groups at a national Data for Black Lives event.
Responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:
● Driving the project management of the community implementation phase of the Switchboard project, maintaining task trackers, scheduling meetings, and summarizing progress to national team, communicating where addition support is needed
● Design, conduct and analyze qualitative interviews and quantitative surveys and their results
● Develop a research-based outline to assess progress and measure outcomes
● Build training modules and toolkits for potential users of the Switchboard
● Liaise with staff at our host and partner institutions to coordinate logistics and planning for pilot user testing
● Support efforts in effectively launching and publicizing Switchboard for various stakeholders Data for Black Lives is a tight-knit team deeply invested in the professional development and personal wellbeing of our community and team members. The Fellow would be encouraged and supported to explore opportunities to build their leadership skills during and after their experience with us.
The Fellowship will be based in New York City.
● Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to effectively work with technical and non-technical teams
● Excellent research and analysis skills
● Strong interest in data science, public engagement, and/or issues of equity and racial justice
● Must be detail-oriented, flexible, able to multitask, work collaboratively, create and meet deadlines, think critically and creatively
● Previous project management experience is a plus
● Previous technical experience with development or design is a plus
● Quantitative or qualitative survey design experience preferred
Unum ID (formally ePluribus) (San Francisco, CA)
ePluribus uses Unum ID to prevent bots and fake accounts, letting people sign petitions and send messages to their government representatives as verified constituents. ePluribus provides a variety of other tools that integrate with Unum ID, like a widget that makes it extremely easy to contact elected officials. Epluribus is currently hosting a #SecureOurDemocracy petition online and working on a variety of exciting applications of personal identity verifications. Founded by brothers out of Stanford, the company is backed by Samsung NEXT, has partnered with the TRON blockchain, and was featured by TechCrunch as a Top Pick for Disrupt SF. Unum ID and ePluribus started in political technology, helping Americans prove their identity as constituents when reaching out to elected officials.
Role and/or project description:
This intern will work on business development and marketing for ePluribus, the civic engagement branch of Unum ID. The role will include market research, customer discovery, cold calling, cold emailing, and working through existing networks to extend the impact of ePluribus in civics while generating new opportunities for Unum ID in civics, government, volunteering, healthcare, and a variety of other impactful use cases. This could include, for example, city and state governments, homeless shelters, political campaigns and health clinics. The organization recently received the #Outliers accelerator Impact Award, and is using technology to give power back to the people in democracy.
Must have some experience doing customer discovery or cold outreach
Some technical background preferred, since the product is quite technical
Background in business of any kind (including interning at a previous company)
Impact Experience (Oakland, CA)
Impact Experience builds lasting relationships between investors, philanthropists, innovators, entrepreneurs and community leaders — linking vision with action and directing investment to solve society’s greatest challenges. By invitation, they go into some of the most disadvantaged communities to facilitate convenings designed to generate trust, enhance strategy and accelerate transformation. Their goal is that together we can ensure every community has the access, relationships, and resources they need to reach their full potential and contribute to a more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous world. They have a particular focus on implicit bias and increasing proximity to provide more context in the process of engaging in marginalized communities.
Role and/or project description:
Join Impact Experience as we work towards social and environmental impact, ensuring maximum diversity and inclusion to inspire and prepare the next generation of passionate leaders working for the common good. You will gain valuable insight and training throughout the program to help you maximize your internship experience while developing your skills through hands-on experience with social impact, strategic initiatives, and impact investing. Design, experiment, implement, test and iterate are the key goals to make the Impact Experience ecosystem uniquely personal to each community. We encourage innovative approaches to educate by experience and mentorship, not just by textbook, and support personal goals while building your leadership potential in delivering impact at an even greater scale.
Responsibilities of the role may include:
CONVENINGS OR EVENT MANAGEMENT GROUP
Assist in fostering on-going relationships between current and potential investors, community, and committed stakeholders
Aiding in the facilitation of meetings and discussion regarding projects that break boundaries between assumption and reality
Participate in Impact Experience events and area coordinating committees to promote sustainability
STRATEGY & PLANNING DEPARTMENT
Collaboratively design a strategy to measure, communicate, and expand the social impact of Impact Experience’s model of engagement and programming with a focus on research and resource mapping
Work collaboratively and independently to help in all aspects to identify new opportunities for site visits
RESEARCH OR ANALYSIS
Assist in researching and developing scalable metrics for convenings with a commitment to raising awareness of unconscious bias and promoting Diversity & Inclusion best practices
Create in-depth case studies from impact investor surveys and interviews
Create presentations that support the implementation of the Impact Experience framework
Contribute in the grant-making process by assisting in developing request for proposals (RFPs) and help prepare planning for new grant structures
Learn how to achieve scale with integrity by strengthening engagement and developing client education and marketing materials
Proposal development for ongoing potential partnership building (fundraising and business development)
Planning and organizing place-based Impact Experiences
Organization and curriculum development for Impact Experience Institute programs
Other projects to be determined at time of internship
Commitment to the Impact Experience mission and focus
Mission driven with a deep commitment to equality and community-based change to drive innovative social and economic impact
Creative force who will bring bold thinking and fresh perspectives to employ best strategies for profitable diversity and economic inclusion
Ability and willingness to be flexible in dealing with ambiguity and open to new experiences
You are self-motivated, detail-oriented, have a great work ethic, and can meet deadlines
You value collaboration, innovation, creativity, and like diversity in your days
Demonstrated ability to multi-task and handle multiple projects, excellent communication skills, networking skills, and leadership skills
Real Industry (San Franscico, CA)
Companies are only as effective as their next product release and that is only made possible by the acquisition of smart, networked and digitally-savvy young talent, like you. That’s why there are no shortage of companies lining up to meet students at Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, MIT, and USC. But, what about the rest of the nation. While the same tech companies recognize that innovation requires diverse perspectives, their practices in recruiting first gen and people of color from a wider swath of prestigious institutions have not changed much in the last decade. Real Industry aims to disrupt this space. We are leveraging our longstanding relationships with top companies (Pandora, Sonos, Facebook, Bose, Autodesk, Bose, Turtle Beach), universities, and socially-conscious artists (Common, The War on Drugs, Jon Batiste, Jack Antonoff, Tegan and Sara) to help bridge the digital divide. Join Real Industry and Stanford University Innovation Fellows’ founder Humera Fasihuddin to design and build a scaleable program that aspires to achieve systems change. By leveling the playing field for underserved populations, we can solve some of the fundamental challenges facing our nation. Read more about Humera’s work here: Designing for Change, Does America Need More Innovators? and A Moonshot Approach to Change in Higher Education.
Role and/or project description:
Sales & Marketing Internship:
Real Industry is a non-profit that educates, inspires, and empowers university students to thrive in the arts and technology industry. We create hands-on programs where students work with industry mentors to tackle real-world problems. Students are exposed to new career paths, develop new skills, and rapidly expand their professional networks. Our nonprofit will serve close to 1,000 students in workshops, university courses, and events in 2020. Our mission is to help our students discover and prepare for successful and fulfilling industry careers. Events consist of lectures, campus-wide design challenges and hackathons, group events, online challenges and more. As sales and marketing intern, you will help us design and execute a sales strategy with 10 newly-identified high-value corporate prospects. You will leverage Real Industry’s extensive network of university partners, press outlets, community (10,000+), and donors. To execute on this mission will require a lot of design thinking, experimentation, collaboration, coordination, strong communication skills, tenacious hustle, and lots of follow-up. Responsibilities include:
● Attend, report on, and manage all communications for Real Startup summer meetup
● Collaborate with Chief Designer and Business Development Manager to design and execute a strategy that cultivates 10 major corporate partnerships to support our nonprofit programming and operations. Our goal is to raise $650,000 in corporate partner support for our 2020-2021 university programming.
● Facilitate strategic dialogue between student and corporate stakeholders designed to fuel engagement, give voice to the need, influence policy and cultivate Real Industry’s thought leadership on the subject.
● Support our existing corporate sponsors, working closely with companies such as Facebook, Pandora, Sonos, Bose, Dolby, and more!
● Design strategies, campaigns, and proposals to support new and existing sponsors.
● Handle communications and public relations that support our partners.
● Develop marketing and sponsorship collateral to be used for fundraising and business development opportunities
● Create and publish newsletters reporting on our accomplishments and goals for 2019
● Revamp realindustry.org based on conversations with internal stakeholders, external marketing mentors, and Google Analytics
● Manage and learn external community management tools (Mailchimp, Salesforce, Squarespace) to onboard new volunteers and mentors to our community
● Coordinate press and social plans with amazing artists and their management teams
● Coordinate with external industry partners (including Pandora, Bose, Autodesk, Sonos, and more!)
● Working with external industry partners, our industry mentors, and student, develop marketing materials, educational resources, and interactive experiences
● Own the creation of all marketing and event collateral for our Fall university challenges season ● Coordinate marketing and integrations with student groups to provide details and secure their RSVPs
● Create weekly progress reports for all stakeholders
● Strong attention to detail
● Superb communication skills (written and verbal)
● Professional written communication
● Understand the power of storytelling
● Ability to communicate complex topics simply to any audience
● Ability to juggle and coordinate multiple simultaneous activities
● Able, willing and excited to work in a fast paced collaborative team environment
● Pleasant to work with and loves a high-energy and positive attitude team
NICE TO HAVE A PASSION FOR
● Purpose-driven work
● Digital media, music, and entertainment technology
Funding for this fellowship has been generously provided by Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.
For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policies in its entirety.
Currently enrolled first-years, sophomores, and juniors from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, public service involvement, and experience.
Selected Social E Fellows are expected to begin service after the conclusion of spring quarter and no later than July 6, 2020. All summer fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows are expected to work on-site with their host organization, and have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor. Please review the complete program policies for additional requirements. Other commitments include the following:
- Complete the program orientation.
- Attend the Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Design a personal learning plan for the summer, and share the plan with community partner and academic mentor.
- Students participating in an international service project must complete international service preparation requirements.
- Submit a brief preliminary report.
- Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
- Participate in outreach activities to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
For those who seek assistance, advising is offered to help students develop their applications.
This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate:
- an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
- prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework
- a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs
- strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Applicants should respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to a fellowship offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts a fellowship offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.