Social Innovation Internship Showcase

UNH Changemakers Apply Their Skills in the Field
UNH social innovation interns show off their changemaker t-shirts

Twenty-five students who were selected to participate in the 9th annual social innovation internship presented a summary of their accomplishments to an audience in Hamilton Smith Hall on July 24. The internship program is coordinated by the UNH Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise and is designed to provide students with a rigorous paid summer internship that equips participants with the confidence and competence to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world from within a business setting.

Seven of the students are part of the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. Below is information about their majors, the companies they interned for, and what they were tasked with accomplishing. 

Jessica Holley Clancy ’21, Environmental Conservation and Sustainability
Timberland/The Smallholder Farmers Alliance

Jessica Holley Clancy interned with Timberland/The Smallholder Farmers Alliancer. Together, these organizations are working on a system to sustainably reforest Haiti while reintroducing cotton farming to revitalize the Haitian economy and provide a better quality of life to its people. Jessica was tasked with analyzing current farming practices being utilized by the program and identifying areas where new organic certification standards can be incorporated.

Colleen Dunphy ’20, Environmental Science: Soil and Watershed Management
Marianna Miller ’22, Environmental Conservation and Sustainability
Revision Energy

Colleen Dunphy and Marianna Miller interned with ReVision Energy as their Solar Champions and B Corp Ambassadors. They were responsible for strategizing, marketing and hosting events that educate and advocate for solar photovoltaics and energy grid innovation. They also designed metrics to help ReVision become the best B Corp possible.

Jonathan Gagne ’19, Environmental and Resource Economics & Ecogastronomy
Hannaford Supermarkets

Jonathan Gagne interned with Hannaford Supermarkets/Ahold Delhaize, one of the world’s largest food retail groups. As an intern, Jonathan researched, documented and catalogued the use of plastics within Hannaford Supermarkets retail stores. Jonathan also participated in COLSA’s UNH-in-Italy study abroad program.

Rachel Rymaszewski ’20, Environmental Conservation and Sustainability
Nick Walsh ’19, Environmental Conservation and Sustainability
Prime Buchholz

Rachel Rymaszewski interned with Prime Buchholz, a leading investment consulting firm for clients seeking to align their mission and values with investment goals. As an intern, she assisted members of the Mission-Aligned Investment Committee with the portfolios of clients who wish to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investments.

Emily Croot ’20, Psychology and Neuroscience
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Emily Croot interned at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as part of the Anchor Work Team, where she developed ways to use the hospital’s hiring, employment and purchasing practices, community investments, and environmental stewardship to advance the social and health equity of residents in the local community.

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