ISC Internship

These flexible internships allow undergraduate and graduate students to gain practical experience in research and strategy development within the nonprofit/philanthropy sectors and on a variety of social initiatives. Interns also develop leadership skills in managing a program and research area including developing materials and online content to inform their chosen field. Successful completion of the program and online trainings results in a Certificate in Social Change Strategy from the Institute for Social Change

SISGI Group work focuses in five broad areas and intern research falls into at least one of these areas.

  • Human Rights, Equality and Social Justice
  • Poverty Elimination and Society Change
  • Youth Development and Education
  • Environment and Conservation
  • Global Health and Wellness

Individuals studying areas related to Gender, Poverty, Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Health, International Affairs, Development, Nonprofit Management, Human Services, Social Work, Substance Abuse, Social Entrepreneurship, Tourism, LGBTQI, Education, Race and Ethnicity, Policy Development, Conservation and Environmental Affairs, Arts and Culture, Service and Volunteerism, and Philanthropy will have the opportunity to have their research published online. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to develop additional expertise in their subject area and practical experience in social change analysis.  Work from this internship will assist in supporting the impact and improvement of global efforts for change and sustainable initiatives.

Project Management with Internship Specific Nonprofit Partners

The SISGI Group provides pro bono capacity building projects to nonprofit partners annually through our SISGI Beyond Good Ideas Foundation and ISC Internship. Interns must commit to participate in the internship experience a minimum of two semesters in order to participate in the external projects. Projects are lead and managed by intern teams with the assistance of a SISGI Group Consultant in areas such as evaluation, strategic planning, program management systems design, social media, community assessments, volunteer recruitment, awareness building and training. These projects change throughout the year and are based upon the individual needs identified by nonprofit partners in project planning. This is a great opportunity for students to gain practical experience assisting nonprofits in solving social problems and developing sustainable strategies.

ISC Internship Program Requirements

  • Successfully complete interdisciplinary certificate program courses through the Institute for Social Change
  • Actively participate and prepare for regular videoconferences with mentor, supervisor and cohort members
  • Submit regular entries for the blog
  • Develop a research plan for your focus area with the assistance of your supervisor
  • Conduct individual research on an area you feel passionate about and submit items for inclusion in The SISGI Group publications and blog
  • Assist and manage aspects of marketing and social media for your research area
  • Create and lead a research presentation as part of our Institute for Social Change Research and Learning Series
  • Flexible virtual learning environment of up to 15 hours per week
  • Occasionally opportunities may arise for you to present your research at additional conferences, to clients and in online seminars.
Certificate Requirements
Successful completion of the following Institute for Social Change online mini-courses and skill assessments:
  • Social Media, Awareness and Engagement for Social Change
  • Critical Analysis and Research of Social Issues
  • Public Speaking, Presentation and Online Training
  • Collaboration and Strategy Across Geographic Boundaries
  • Personal Leadership Development


  • Undergraduate students must have no more than 3 semesters remaining towards their undergraduate degree at the time of application.
  • Graduate students must have completed at least one semester at the time of application.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Coursework in interest area
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Awareness of multiple perspectives on area of interest
  • Open to learning and gaining additional knowledge about issues around the globe
  • Applicant should be a team player with innovative problem solving abilities and original ideas.

To apply please submit a resume, cover letter and 5 page writing sample with our application form.  Applicants from across the globe are encouraged to apply. This is an unpaid learning and internship opportunity.