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SEEED Internship Positions 

Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Brown University’s Social Innovation Initiative seek two interns who are students at either Brown or RISD to lead a team of students in helping to plan the 2016 SEEED Summit. This is an approximately 10 hour/week stipend position from September 2015 through April 2016.

About Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Social Enterprise Greenhouse helps grow businesses that change lives, harnessing the creative energy of its entrepreneurs to cultivate high-impact, purpose-driven, and sustainable businesses.

About Social Innovation Initiative

A program of the Swearer Center for Public Service, the Social Innovation Initiative creates and connects students to meaningful experiences focused on action, identity, and social impact through the lenses of innovation and entrepreneurship.


The SEEED Summit is a space where engaged minds connect to examine and create ways to address challenging social issues through responsible social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs will engage in discussions about critical social issues and areas of opportunity, the current and potential landscape of the field, and build the capacities to unlock social entrepreneurship’s potential. The conference will be a vibrant, creative space where social entrepreneurship as a pathway to social justice is critiqued and explored.

The fifth annual SEEED Summit, this year’s conference is being reinvented to ensure that we are providing a valuable and unique experience for our audience. During the summer of 2015, a planning team developed a vision and strategy for the 2016 SEEED Summit where our goals and audience were established, and we created an initial design scope for the content of the conference.

About You

You would attend SEEED even if you weren’t planning it. You are passionate about issues of social justice and want to explore how social entrepreneurship addresses social problems, but don’t need to have extensive knowledge of social entrepreneurship as a prerequisite for the role. Most importantly, you are creative and interested in curating powerful experiences for others. You are excited about getting to work with the latest thinkers and practitioners in the field to create a vibrant community where the best, newest, and craziest ideas are explored.

About the Positions

Interns will have the following responsibilities, all of which are critical to the success of the conference:

Building off of the strategy and design work accomplished during the summer, identify potential speakers/facilitators/presenters to invite to SEEED, and further hone and develop content;
Create systems and materials to communicate effectively with all conference speakers, ensuring they are fully supported and prepared for their roles;
Recruiting a small team of students to help with the design and coordination of the conference;
Overseeing day-of student volunteer recruitment, training, and management;
Planning social and other fun events during the conference;
Supporting social media and marketing efforts to create and communicate a cohesive, well-designed brand identity that extends through all aspects of the conference.

Position Benefits

  • A $1000 stipend
  • Hands-on experience with innovation through project management, operations, and strategic design
  • Connections to the social entrepreneurship ecosystem at Brown and in Providence, through engagement with social entrepreneurs, faculty, Social Enterprise Greenhouse staff, local and state government, and others
  • The chance to lead an event that has the potential to be a breeding ground of disruptive dialogue and ideas for social change.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Accepting applications until September 11.


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Student Staffers

Each semester, the Swearer Center hires several students to work at 25 George Street as paid staffers. These students take on roles ranging from programmatic development to administrative support, social media, event organizing, and more.

Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 positions are now filled. Please check back again in the fall semester for spring positions!