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Society and Business Fellows Cohort 1

We offer a range of programs that provide ongoing education and hands-on experiences to enhance and deepen what our students learn in the classroom. In addition to participating in the programs listed below, students who want to learn more about topics in business and society can find reading materials and student clubs on our Resources page. For more information about any of the following student programs, please contact Abby Fifer Mandell, BSEL Executive Director.

MBA Society and Business Fellowship Program
MBA Summer Internship Subsidy
BSEL Scholars Mentoring Program
Global Business Brigades (GBB)
Summer Social Entrepreneurship Internships in Africa
BSEL Internship Program
Student Organization Grants

MBA Society and Business Fellowship Program

Sponsored by the USC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL), the MBA Society and Business Fellowship Program is a highly selective, year-long opportunity for the small cadre of MBA and MBA.PM students who are seeking a business degree in order to pursue careers in poverty alleviation, including homelessness, education, and global health.

As a Society and Business Fellow, you will receive:

  • Personal mentoring from the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL) staff;
  • Targeted guidance and counseling for summer internships and full-time employment;
  • Professional development tailored to non-traditional business careers;
  • Priority registration for BAEP 591: Social Entrepreneurship;
  • Frequent, private opportunities to meet with industry leaders and exposure to best practices in social entrepreneurship;
  • Funding towards professional development;
  • A subsidy of up to $2,500 if you choose to complete a summer internship at an eligible nonprofit organization; and
  • Membership in a cohort of like-minded students and professional networking relationships with colleagues who share your values.

Read about alumni of the Society and Business Fellowship Program here.

MBA Summer Internship Subsidy

The MBA Summer Internship Subsidy encourages and supports the participation of Marshall MBA students in the social enterprise and non-profit sector. Organizations with summer internships represent education, arts and culture, environment, human services, international relief, nonprofit consulting, community development, and other social initiatives.

Learn about current and past summer intern subsidy recipients by following their blog

Subsidy is available for a limited number of students for the summer between their first and second years of the MBA Program according to the following criteria:

  • The employment should be for a full-time summer position lasting for eight to twelve weeks.
  • Preference is given to students who accept a non-profit internship benefiting the social sector. A 'non-profit internship' is defined as a student working for a government agency or recognized nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax status (or overseas equivalent) on a specific project with a deliverable at the end of the summer (e.g. business plan, marketing plan, strategic plan, etc). The Subsidy Committee will not approve positions with job responsibilities that are determined to be sectarian, politically partisan, or that benefit a trade organization (i.e. a non-profit agency that supports fashion designers).
  • Only projects that demonstrate the application of management skills and material covered in the MBA program are eligible. Projects that are exclusively research–oriented are unlikely to be approved.
  • The Subsidy Committee regards financial support from the host organization as a sign of commitment to the applicant. The host organization is expected to a minimum of $1,000 for the summer.
  • Applications will be reviewed the week of May 3 and awards will be announced prior to the last day of spring finals. Awards will be made on a funds–available basis. Students are eligible to receive a maximum of $2,500 in subsidy for the summer. Students can check with the BSEL for the status of available funding at any time in the cycle.
  • At the end of the internship, each subsidy recipient is expected to write i) a paragraph for publication and ii) a summary report (3–5 pages) on his or her experience. This is intended to brief alumni donors who sponsor the program; offer advice to students interested in applying for a subsidy in the future; and increase awareness of program among students. In addition, the recipient may be asked to: speak in both organized and informal settings to other students about the summer experience; attend an event with alumni sponsor; write an article on the summer experience.
  • To apply, students must submit a detailed sponsorship letter from the organization and the organization's IRS letter designating not for profit [501(c)(3)] status (if applicable). The sponsorship letter is a signed letter from a senior executive of the host organization, addressed to the prospective Fellow and setting forth the actual job offer and the specifics of the position including:

Job responsibilities and specific project to be completed by the student

Name, title, telephone number and fax number of project supervisor

Human resources contact

Facility and equipment resources allocated (office, computer, etc.)

Starting date and ending date

Number of weeks and hours per week


Other terms and conditions of employment

Questions about the MBA Summer Internship Subsidy and application materials should be directed to
Abby Fifer Mandell, BSEL Executive Director.

2012 MBA Summer Internship Subsidy Recipients

Sharmin Karim - Marshall MBA.PM, New York City Department of Education through Education Pioneers
Jennifer May - Marshall MBA, ExED through Education Pioneers
Jessie Risch - Marshall MBA, Chrysalis through REDF
Patti Topete - Marshall MBA, LAUSD through Education Pioneers

2011 MBA Summer Internship Subsidy Recipients

Tracy Dennis - Marshall MBA, LAUSD through Education Pioneers
Jessica Dunn - Marshall MBA, Kids Walk Across America
Kevin Futch - Marshall MBA, Teach for America through Education Pioneers
Ayesha Khan - Marshall MBA, Acumen Fund in Pakistan
Arjun Kushwaha - Marshall MBA.PM, USC University Hospital
Jessica Salazar - Marshall MBA, LAUSD through Education Pioneers
Skye Tirsbier - Marshall MBA, California Charter School Association through Education Pioneers
Courtney Treweek - Marshall MBA, CORE Educational Services
Paul (Douglas) Valentine - Marshall MBA, Youth Policy Institute through Education Pioneers
Henry Yeung - Marshall MBA, LAUSD through Education Pioneers

2010 MBA Summer Internship Subsidy Recipients

Jennie Bartkowiak - Marshall MBA, Education Pioneers
Jyoti Gaur - Marshall MBA, Deshpande Foundation
Jesse Goldberg - Marshall MBA, Deshpande Foundation
Molly Larson - Marshall MBA, Chrysalis
Jacob Sullivan - Marshall MBA, Education Pioneers

2009 MBA Summer Internship Subsidy Recipients

David Berman - Marshall MBA, Chrysalis
Courtney Brunious - Marshall MBA, Pacific Charter School Development through Education Pioneers
Anil Chintalpudi - Marshall MBA, Families in School (FIS) through Education Pioneers
Kelly Heintz - Marshall MBA, Green Dot through Education Pioneers
Sandy Hirschberg - Marshall MBA, GE in Mexico
Erin Keller - MBA.PM, Fulfillment Fund

BSEL Scholars Mentoring Program

The Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL) Scholars Mentoring Program is a year-long program that offers personal mentoring from industry experts to an elite group of undergraduate students considering careers in social enterprise.

Students accepted into the program will receive:
  • Professional advice from successful social entrepreneurs (complete bios of past mentors can be found here);
  • Exposure to best practices in social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, non-profit management, and sustainability;
  • An invitation to a formal meal with all mentors and mentees;
  • At least two private one-on-one meetings with your mentor;
  • A career shadowing day hosted by your mentor; and
  • Access to the BSEL student and professional network and advising from BSEL staff.

Program Eligibility. The mentoring program is open to all undergraduate juniors and seniors.

Commitment. In addition to orientation, a welcome dinner and private meetings with mentors, Scholars are expected to attend monthly cohort meetings that take place during business hours.

Application Process. To apply, you must (1) submit a resume and (2) respond to the following questions (500 words total):

  • What kinds of work or other experiences do you plan to pursue as you near graduation from USC?
  • What does having a mentor mean to you?
  • What social issue (e.g., poverty, education, health, etc.) would you like to affect using your business skills?

Please be sure to include your major(s) and minor(s) and note whether you have taken BAEP 491: Social Entrepreneurship and/or BAEP 471: Social Innovation Design Lab on your application.

Deadline. Applications are due to Michelle Chow in Stonier Hall, Rm. 315, by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015. An interview sign-up sheet will be affixed to the door of STO 315. All applicants must sign up for an interview when submitting their applications.

Contact Information. For questions and additional information, please visit or contact Michelle Chow, BSEL program specialist.

Greg Woodburn, '12  BSEL Scholar
Greg Woodburn, '12 BSEL Scholar Alum

2012-2013 SBL Scholars Orientation
2014-2015 BSEL Scholars Orientation

2012-2013 SBL Scholars Orientation
2013-2014 BSEL Scholars Orientation

2012-2013 SBL Scholars Orientation
2012-2013 BSEL Scholars Reception

2011-2012 BSEL Scholars Orientation
2011-2012 BSEL Scholars Orientation

Global Business Brigades (GBB)

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in a week-long service learning experience in Honduras, Ghana, or Panama. Students work with a local micro-enterprise to improve the success and sustainability of the business. This includes living in the rural community for a week, learning about the business, and using business skills to help with marketing, operations, finance, and accounting. Brigade members will work directly with micro-enterprise members, prepare and present workshops, and spend a few days exploring the nearest city with Global Business Brigade guides.

For more information, please visit Marshall's Office of Student Services website.

Summer Social Entrepreneurship Internships in Africa

In partnership with ThinkImpact, the USC Marshall School of Business offers summer social entrepreneur internships in Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, and South Africa.

ThinkImpact builds social businesses in rural Africa by taking students to live and work with community entrepreneurs. You will identify and evaluate supply chains, and develop a socially innovative business plan. You will learn through an asset-based community development curriculum and help create jobs, products and services that change lives. You will also get to explore Kenya or South Africa.

For more information, please contact the Marshall Student Services Office in HOH 200.

BSEL Internship Program

BSEL interns help us plan programs, manage events, and perform research. If you are hardworking, energetic, interested in social enterprise, and can work well in team settings and independently, we want to meet you! BSEL hires interns on an as-needed basis. For more information, please contact Abby Fifer Mandell, BSEL Executive Director.

Student Organization Grants

BSEL is pleased to offer funding to recognized student organizations for programmatic events.

Student organizations may apply for grants of up to $500 for one-time events. Interested applicants should contact Abby Fifer Mandell, BSEL Executive Director, no less than six weeks in advance of the proposed event.