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Social Enterprise Summer Fellowships

April 15, 2016
Arts and Humanities
Social Science
First Year


The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise supports the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program, a unique and exciting opportunity for students to apply learning from the classroom with an organization making social change in the world. This fellowship was expanded in 2015 to provide financial support to Columbia and Barnard undergraduate and graduate students engaged in summer internships that create social and environmental value.

Eligibility: Currently enrolled full-time first-, second-, or third-year undergraduate students and graduate students in good academic standing may apply for funding for a 6- to 10-week, full-time summer internship (at least 35 hours/week) with a social venture or social entrepreneurship-focused organization in the US or abroad, provided that the internship has been secured and accepted at the time of application. The Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program contributes a $200 to $600 per week stipend to assist with expenses associated with the internship to summer fellows, depending on the availability of funds. Note: This fund does not cover students working on their own ventures.

Students should assess the viability of the venture here prior to accepting and applying for funding by consulting with professors, career advisors at the appropriate home school, or the Tamer Center. Before accepting the internship offer, if you’re unsure of whether your employer is an eligible social venture or social entrepreneurship-focused organization, please email:

Deadline: While applications will be accepted until April 15, please keep in mind that you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible (first round of applications is due March 1). There is an anticipated high-demand for the fellowship and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted, which may occur before the final deadline. For further information, see here.