SEMI Application, Interview, and Placement Process

We appreciate your interest in the Social Enterprise and Microfinance Internship. Past participants in the program have expressed that these internships utilize their business skills, introduce them to dynamic social entrepreneurs and innovative for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and deepen students’ commitment to making a positive social impact. We invite you to consider participation in the summer of 2016.

SEMI Timeline and Placement Process – Summer 2016

We appreciate your interest in the Social Enterprise and Microfinance Internship. Past participants in the program have expressed that these internships utilize their business skills, introduce them to dynamic social entrepreneurs and innovative for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and deepen students’ commitment to making a positive social impact.  We invite you to consider participation in the summer of 2016.  

The application for Summer 2016 will open on December 4, 2015 and closes on February 7th, 2016.

Timeline

Applications available online: December 4, 2015
Information Sessions:  Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 5:30-6:15pm in Geddes Hall Room 135 and Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 5 - 6pm in Mendoza 121
Applications due: Midnight on February 7th, 2016
Interviews: Monday afternoon, February 15  and Friday afternoon, February 19, 2016 (link will be sent to qualified applicants to sign up for an interview slot
Placement offers: February – March 2016
Orientation: Saturday, April 9, 2016 (tentative)
Internship: eight to ten weeks during summer 2016
Final Paper due: Monday, August 23, 2016
Final Presentation: September 2016 (TBD)
Theological Reflection Discussion: September 2016 (TBD)

Application                                                                                 

Please read through the information on this page before filling out the application.

On your application, please indicate three organizations that you are considering and rank your interest level in each. You will have the chance to change your mind and consider other sites during the interview.

In addition to the online application, all applicants must submit by email to Ben Wilson (bwilson2@nd.edu) a current resume and cover letter.  These two documents will be shared with SEMI internship organizations for which you are being considered.  Your cover letter should be addressed to Melissa Paulsen and Ben Wilson, co-directors of the Social Enterprise and Microfinance Internship, and should be a maximum two page personal statement (one page is preferable) addressing why you are interested in social enterprise and/or microfinance, what you can contribute to a SEMI organization, what you hope to get out of the experience, and any other information you feel is relevant.  Please note that your cover letter will be forwarded to SEMI internship organizations where you are being considered.  We encourage you to speak about specific internship responsibilities at the organization(s) where you are interested in interning.    

Qualifications for participation in the SEMI

Current sophomore or junior in the Mendoza College of Business or students who have taken courses pertaining to social enterprise or have demonstrable interest in this field of work and study.
Academic good standing (not on academic probation).
Previous work experience in high school or at Notre Dame.  Previous service experience preferred as well.
Openness to the exploration of theological themes related to social enterprise and microfinance.

Interviews

Click on the link at the end of the application to sign up for an interview.  Allow for 45 minutes when choosing an interview time. The interviews will be in groups of three to five students at a time.
Interviews are held at the Center for Social Concerns in Geddes Hall and are conducted by Melissa Paulsen of the Gigot Center and Ben Wilson of the Center for Social Concerns.  Please wait in the McNeill Library in the middle of the first floor of Geddes Hall for your interview.
Dress code: business casual

Phone Interviews and Offers

Following the group interview on campus, Melissa and Ben recommend several students to each partner organization for a second round of interviews by phone.  You will receive an email within a week of your first interview to let you know if you were recommended to any organizations for a second round interview.
Over the course of several weeks following the first round interview, partner organizations contact students whom they want to interview.  Organizations rank students and send the results to Ben Wilson who will then make offers to students.
If you receive and offer, you will need to decide by the end of spring break whether or not you will commit to that organization.  When you commit, you need to be sure that you will do the internship, that is, you are not waiting on any other offers.

Contract Signing 

Before signing a contract, be sure that you are available for the eight or ten consecutive weeks of the internship. Students need to inform their families that family vacations, conferences and other travel need to take place before or after the SEMI.
Signing a contract means that the student is definitely going to participate in the SEMI and she/he is not waiting on other internships, jobs, or summer school.
For the contract signing, students need to bring a $100 participation fee (cash or check made out the Center for Social Concerns) and proof of health insurance (insurance card or copy of the insurance card).  The participation fee covers the cost of the course packet.  If financial assistance is needed, please notify Ben Wilson. 
Dress code: casual

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Ben Wilson at bwilson2@nd.edu.

The application will be available between December 4, 2015 and February 7, 2016. The application button will appear on this page starting December 4.