As the 2015-2016 academic year wraps up, 23 talented and motivated students from The City College of New York are going into the summer with a different perspective on the impact they can have on society with their future careers.
Through the BNY Mellon Social Impact Internship Program, these students were matched with paid internships with nonprofits and social enterprises throughout New York City, including organizations like Echoing Green, Bridges Ventures and B Lab. In partnership with the Zahn Innovation Center, a business and social impact venture incubator at The City College of New York, the BNY Mellon Foundation sponsored the program, which offered a unique work experience within the nonprofit sector to students interested in looking at social problems with a fresh perspective. At the same time, it provided social organizations with access to bright and talented individuals, allowing them to increase their capacity.
“With our philanthropic focus on workforce development and the critical role that innovation has played in BNY Mellon’s success over the past 230 years, supporting the Zahn Innovation Center in its mission to help young innovators is a natural fit for us,” said Daisey Holmes, head of Philanthropy and Employee Programs in the New York metro region.
During finale events after the fall and spring sessions, the interns presented on their internship experiences, which included leading marketing and social media campaigns and serving as community managers, engineers and software and app developers.
Anika Islam, a student who interned at B Lab this spring, said, “I saw that companies can and should stand for something more than the bottom line. This is a value I intend to bring to every team and organization I go on to join.”
The BNY Mellon Foundation’s support for the program will continue for the 2016-2017 academic year, enabling an additional 30 students to pursue internships.
Commenting on her aspirations for the program, which led to full-time jobs for two students and a continuation to summer internships for two more students, Holmes said, “Through their internships, the students have gained a clear understanding how social organizations serve the community in numerous ways. It is our hope that these innovators will apply their unique insights to developing and advancing social ventures through the vibrant community that exists at the Zahn Innovation Center.”