The Social Impact Fellowship (SIF) is a partnership between
UB’s School of Management and School of Social Work in
collaboration with Blackstone LaunchPad. This fellowship connects
16 entrepreneurially and socially minded students to local
organizations where they are encouraged to develop innovative
solutions to issues affecting our community.
SIF prepares students to address societal issues using
principles of entrepreneurship and sustainable social innovation.
The program includes guest speakers whose lectures will focus on
local economic development and social justice issues in addition to
site visits at local organizations that have a social good/social
impact emphasis woven into their work.
- One student from the School of Management and one student from
the School of Social Work will be placed at each organization.
- Fellows will conduct their internship with their nonprofit
Mondays through Thursdays. On Fridays, they will participate in a
Friday Startup Experience session.
- Students will attend orientation prior to internship placement
to learn about the opportunities and challenges of community
nonprofits working to advance social justice, cultural, health care
and educational initiatives.
This experience provides students with a comprehensive
introduction to entrepreneurial principles and innovation,
including attending forums with guest speakers on specific local
economic development and social justice issues, sharing of
students’ project experiences and participating in field
trips throughout the City of Buffalo to highlight social
This opportunity, with its focus on guiding students through
strategic planning and creative problem-solving, will make
participants marketable to prospective employers and further
distinguish them from their peers.