Innovate Winter Break

Innovate Winter Break is a "mini internship" program jointly administered by the Swearer Center for Public Service and CareerLAB providing opportunities for student interns to work on an engaging project for two weeks during winter break within a social enterprise or nonprofit organization. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with innovative social change organizations and companies as well as build concrete professional skills through the completion of a tangible project. We are excited to announce that for the 2014-'15 academic year placements will be offered in both Boston and New York City. Additionally, all interns in Boston and NYC will be eligible for a modest stipend to help offset living and travel expenses.

Please note: The SII and CareerLAB staff are hard at work recruiting placement organizations for January 2015! We will open applications as soon as we have finalized our list of hosts. The intern application will be available through the CareerLAB Job and Internship Board in mid October and the application deadline will be November 7, 2014. In the meantime, explore the information on the website, brush up your resume, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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Program Expectations:

  • Innovate Winter Break projects will take place from January 5-16. Students are expected to work full time for their placement organization during these two weeks.
  • Each project will have a deliverable (i.e., website, curriculum, project evaluation, training manual) at the conclusion of the 2-week period.
  • Participants are required to attend an opening reception/orientation prior to winter break and two group events during the 2-week period.
  • A written reflective statement is required for submission by January 23.

Eligibility Requirements:

You are eligible to apply if you meet ALL of the following criteria.

  • You must be an active Brown undergraduate student (students graduating in December 2014 are not eligible).
  • Student work must be supervised by a professional in the organization they are working for who agrees to program criteria.
  • You must submit a resume and personal statement via the Brown Student Job and Internship Board by the deadline of November 7, 2014.

How to Apply:

  • When the application becomes available in mid October, log into the Brown Student Job and Internship Board and search "Innovate Winter Break". (Be sure to use quotations to find the correct listing)
  • Application deadline for the 2014-’15 academic year will be Friday, November 7, 2014.
  • If chosen for an interview, employers will contact you and schedule the interview between 11/10 and 11/28.
  • Employers will notify you if you are selected for their project by Monday, 11/28.

Innovate Winter Break (NYC) 2014 Positions:

We will post this year's host information as soon as possible, but browsing information from last year will provide a general impression of the types of opportunities we expect to have available for 2015. To read job descriptions from last year, click here.  And click this link to read "Swearer Sparks" entries from 2014 Innovate NYC interns!

  • Kinvolved (2) - founded by Miriam Altman '08, Kinvolved is a tech and education start-up working to raise low attendance rates in public schools. Kinvolved is looking for a Growth Strategy Intern and an Impact Assesment Intern.
  • Exo (2) - founded by Greg Sewitz '13 and Gabi Lewis '13, Exo is pioneering the consumption of insects as a healthy, sustainable, ethical and inexpensive alternative protein source. Exo is looking for 2 Innovate NYC Interns  to work on Special Projects.
  • Eye to Eye (2) - founded by Brown alum David Flink, Eye to Eye is a social enterprise that aims to create a world in which people with learning disabilities are fully accepted, valued, and respected. Eye to Eye is looking for 2 Innovate NYC Interns to build consistent programs with high leadership turnover.
  • Runa (3) - founded by Tyler Gage '08.5 and Dan MacCombie '08.5, Runa is a social enterprise founded to empower farmers in the Amazon through the use of an indigenous plant, guayusa, which makes healthy, naturally-caffeinated tea. is looking for 2 Innovate NYC Interns to work on sales, marketing, and other projects.
  • She's the First (1) - sponsors girls' education in developing nations, giving them the chance to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school. She's the First is looking for 1 Innovate NYC Intern to research and build profiles of all the countries where they have partner schools.
  • (5) - spearheads national campaigns so 13- to 25-year-olds can make an impact through social change. They are looking for 5 Innovate NYC Interns: Agency Design Intern, Consulting Development Intern, Grant Writing Intern, User Experience Intern, and Marketing Intern.