Innovate NYC

Innovate NYC, a new program of the Swearer Center for Public Service and CareerLAB, provides opportunities for students to work on an engaging project for 2 weeks during winter break with a New York-based 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. 

Read blogs from 2014 Innovate NYC interns!

Please note: The application is now closed. Please check back for information on positions for Innovate NYC 2015.

Innovate NYC 2014 Positions:

To read more about the positions below, click here. 

  • 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.
  • Dosomething.org (5) - DoSomething.org 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.

Program Expectations:

  • Innovate NYC projects will take place from January 6-17. 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 22.

Eligibility Requirements: (you may apply if you meet ALL of the following criteria)

  • You must be an active Brown undergraduate student (students graduating in December 2013 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.

How to Apply:

  • Log into the Brown Student Job and Internship Board and search "Innovate NYC". (Be sure to use quotations to find the correct listing)
  • Application deadline: Wednesday, 11/13.
  • If chosen for an interview, employers will contact you and schedule the interview between 11/15 and 11/22.
  • Employers will notify you if you are selected for their project by Monday, 11/25.

Questions? Email Lizzie_Pollock@Brown.edu or Jim_Amspacher@Brown.edu.