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Friday, April 19th 2019

Social Entrepreneurship Internship Program

An entrepreneurial experience with a nonprofit spin.


The Social Entrepreneurship Internship Program at San Diego State University, supported by the Qualcomm Foundation, matches talented graduate business students with nonprofit organizations. SDSU graduate students are hungry for real-world experience in a dynamic environment where they can bring talent, expertise, and entrepreneurial spirit to a project or initiative within your organization.

A SDSU MBA intern is capable of:

- developing marketing/fundraising strategy- operations review and assessment
- strategic planning - performing program analysis
- financial analysis & modeling- implementing new initiatives

Apply todayto secure your Social Responsibility Grant

How the Program Works:

Phase One:
Nonprofit organizations submit internship applications, outlining the scope of the project and intern qualifications. Before the start of each semester (fall, spring, and summer), students apply for an internship through the program by submitting resumes to the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.

Phase Two:
Interviews are arranged for the nonprofit representative with students who match the project requirements. After interviewing 3 to 4 candidates, the nonprofit selects their ideal candidate for the internship. The selected intern is then matched with a SDSU faculty and employee project advisor who would provide additional support and guidance.

Phase Three:
Internships last for 150 hours over the course of one semester. The intern is the individual primarily responsible for the internship project and is expected to take leadership to ensure a successful outcome. A wrap-up event is held at the end of the semester for interns and nonprofits to present on project outcomes.

All interns are paid, but nonprofits are only responsible for $1,950 of the internship costs—a fraction of the cost associated with new hires or consultants..

Entrepreneurship Distinction
  • Top 25 among America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities 2015.
  • Top 10 in list of "America's Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs."
The road to success is having the right people on the bus.
~ Zeynep Ilgaz, SDSU'00
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The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University serves SDSU students, entrepreneurs and business leaders through entrepreneurial curriculum, workshops, internships, resources and events. For information browse the Programs section of our website, subscribe to the Lavin Center Calendar and sign up for the Center's Entrepreneurial Fuel Newsletter. Entrepreneur resources such as the Lavin Center resume guide, marketing and business planning tools and more can be found in the Resources section of our site.

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