STUDENT Impact Fellows
Empowering future leaders to make a positive impact.
The Impact Fellows program provides unparalleled opportunities (both paid and unpaid) for undergraduate and graduate students of all majors interested in working in the social impact space. Students develop a unique skill set that prepares them for cross-sector, cutting-edge careers.
Specifically, students have the option to work on projects within five different tracks: finance for social good, data science, policy + social innovation, global impact, and graphic design + communications. Impact Fellows gain experience working with firms, funds, governments, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits from different sectors and regions around the world.
Impact Fellows primarily come from The University of Utah; however, outstanding students from other universities are encouraged to apply. We recruit during the fall, spring, and summer semesters and require a two-semester commitment. Ideally, the Center seeks students interested in working for the remainder of their college careers.
Impact Fellows hail from various majors, backgrounds, and levels of study.
For related information, please see our Academics page.
Five tracks, one mission:
finance for social good
Impact Fellows interested in finance can participate in our student-run venture fund (UVFII) and the fixed income impact fund (FIIF). Impact Fellows receive Wall Street-style training (with access to Bloomberg Terminals and other investment software) and collaborate with leading social venture funds, banks, foundations, consulting firms and social entrepreneurs to perform due diligence, to identify and recommend investments, and to grow businesses that have a social impact.
policy + social innovation
Impact Fellows interested in social issues and public policy have the opportunity to work on a variety of government and nonprofit consulting projects. Our fellows receive exposure to the most innovative tools being used to address social issues today, including Pay for Success projects, place-based initiatives, data-driven decision making and performance-based contracting. Issue areas addressed include homelessness, criminal recidivism, public health, early childhood education, and more.
Data science Impact Fellows work alongside the data science team to provide customized data diagnostics for clients, write code, learn best practices around data sharing and security, as well as create data visualizations and dashboards. They are exposed to cutting-edge practices around impact measurement for both public and private sector projects and investments.
The Center works to catalyze social impact globally, providing Impact Fellows with unique opportunities to explore new cultures, research international markets, and study global social issues. Students have the opportunity to work on global development projects, incubate social enterprises in Eastern Europe, and travel abroad to gain first-hand experience with international public and private entities.
Communications and graphic design Impact Fellows work to share innovative ideas and stories in a quickly-expanding space by to building web, video, and print content with the Center. Students have the opportunity to work with all focus areas in the Center to connect with impact investors, governments, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and students.
graphic design + communications
Students also have an option to work with the University Venture Fund II, which will invest in companies that are seeking positive social and financial performance. UVF II’s network will provide best-in-class deal flow of impact investments for the Fund. It builds on the learnings from the original University Venture Fund to provide an unparalleled experiential education for students interested in impact investing, while providing professional governance and investment rigor that sophisticated investors require. Click on the button below for more information.