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Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Energetic Community

Experiential Programs

Summer Funded Internships: Since 2009, the Center has placed and funded 106 full-time summer internships at 60 unique and innovative nonprofits and social enterprises in the New York metro area. Each intern is paid a $4,200 stipend for the summer, resulting in $445,200 in disbursed funding over the last seven years. Hosts include Trust for Public Land, The F.B. Heron Foundation, Hour Children and Control Arms. Several of our former funded interns have maintained relationships with their host organizations, who have consequently hired them in full-time positions post-graduation. Learn more about our funded internship opportunities.

Student Run Fund Appropriations Committee: 8 student leaders allocate up to $84,000 in funding each year - 15-20 internships - by reviewing and selecting intern hosts and positions. These student leaders represent an undergraduate student and a graduate student from each Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, Lubin Business of Business, School of Education and Seidenberg School of Compuster Sciences and Information Systems.

Student Research Assistants: The Center host 2 to 3 student research assistants each year with 100% graduation and job placement rate. Among them they have obtained various prestigious awards, including but not limited to Pace Top 100 Scholars, the Henry Birnbaum Award and the Award for Outstanding Leadership in Social Innovation.

Student Sponsorship is offered for all co-sponsored events and conferences.

Social Ventures

More than 10 unique student social ventures have been launched with the support of the Wilson Center since 2005. Pace Pitch Contest Social Venture winners have been awarded over $26,000 in prizes.

Career Panels

Each year, the Wilson Center co-sponsors a series of career panels in collaboration with our faculty partners across several departments. Wherever possible we feature Pace alumni working in the government and/or nonprofit sector; who can provide our current students with insights for potential career paths and an opportunity to network with practitioners in the field. 

A Conversation On...

In collaboration with faculty from a number of departments, this speaker series facilitates and hosts leaders from social enterprises and nonprofits to guest lecture in the Pace classroom. Recent speakers include representatives from Society for Rural Improvement (SRI), Grameen America, Kiva Zip USA, Impact America, and MicroRate. Discussion topics have ranged from evaluating performance in microfinance to impact investing and person-to-person lending.

Student Associations

The Wilson Center is proud to partner on events and activities with MPA Student Association (MPASA) and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).

SE in Residence

Each year, the Wilson Center hosts a Social Enterprise in Residence; our current Social Enterprise in Residence is Latino U College Access. This program connects an innovative social enteprise with the Pace Community, giving the resident organization the opportunity to fully participate in the academic community, and offering our students and faculty a living case study, or a learning laboratory in which to study social enterprise-in-action. Past year residents include Impact America, DonorsChoose, Greyston Foundation and Bakery and Stoked Mentoring.