Student program

Training the next generation of impact leaders.

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In alignment with the University of Utah’s mission and values, the Sorenson Impact Center Student Program prepares students to lead in their chosen fields with impact through: a unique pedagogy that includes both theoretical education and practical learning experiences; promoting interdisciplinary engagement; and local and global involvement.

Impact Definition
Assess the current impact measurement process rooted in performance to date. Clarify theory of change and define associated key performance indicators.
Develop Impact Proficiency

This is achieved through a set of workshops around social impact topics and through mentorship. In addition, Social Impact courses are available to University of Utah registered students.

Real Work Experience

The track internships provide the students with the hands-on experience needed to develop skills in a specific field.

Access Meaningful Networks

The program exposes students to a wide network of social impact professionals through career focus events and conferences, with a focus on career development.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The program is inclusive, and designed for equity. We value diversity and do the extra work to ensure it. Impact includes a more equitable world. The students in the program will be part of a diverse cohort with students from all over the country from different backgrounds and diverse fields of study.

The student experience

The student experience

The student experience

The student experience

The student experience

The student experience

The student experience

The student experience

Internship areas

Communications and Marketing
The Marketing Communication team includes Content Writers, Graphic Designers, Film producers, Film makers, PR/Communication specialist, and social media. They have the opportunity to engage with real-world clients while building their skills and portfolio. This client-facing work is always changing and new projects start frequently. Read full description
Communications and Marketing

The Marketing Communication team includes Content Writers, Graphic Designers, Film producers, Film makers, PR/Communication specialist, and social media. They have the opportunity to engage with real-world clients while building their skills and portfolio. This client-facing work is always changing and new projects start frequently. 

Data Science

Data science Impact Fellows work alongside the data science team to provide customized data diagnostics for clients, write code, learn best practices around data sharing and security, as well as create data visualizations and dashboards. 

Impact Investing

The student-led investing team underwrites venture capital deals for investing clients (e.g., venture funds, foundations, family offices). Analysts accepted into the program will receive unparalleled venture capital experience by completing due diligence into early-stage start-ups and recommending investments to our clients. 

Impact Finance

Impact Finance team works to design innovative financing structures that better address social problems including: Pay for Success, Opportunity Zones, community development finance, and innovative finance among others. They work at the intersection of community needs, the needs of underserved populations and the needs and requirements of private and public investment capital. 

Impact Strategy

The Impact Strategy team works with social issues and public policy while exploring innovative tools being used to address social issues today, including Pay for Success projects, data-driven decision making, and performance-based contracting. Issue areas may include homelessness, criminal recidivism, public health, early childhood education, higher education, environmental preservation, economic development, and more. 

Operations

The Operations team oversees the day-to-day management of the center, including the Student Program. They work with HR, communication, and financial processes that touch on every corner of the organization. 

At the Sorenson Impact Center, we envision an equitable and thriving world where everyone is valued, communities prosper, and the measured impact of our actions guides decision-making. Building the world’s premiere impact-focused student programming to train the next generation of impact leaders is central to achieving that vision.
We help realize our vision by integrating world-class academic programming and experiential learning into each of our practice areas. This unique program, which includes both theoretical education and practical learning experiences, promotes interdisciplinary engagement and trains students to approach their chosen fields with a local and global impact lens.
We do all of this while creating an inclusive, rigorous, inspiring, and fun environment to learn and grow.

The student experience

Our students are gaining real-world experience while making a difference. See what it’s like to work for a team that is passionate about what they do.

Program requirements

Student impact fellows are expected to be enrolled in school for the duration of the program and to commit to the following:

  • up to 20 hours per week
  • minimum 2 semesters
  • Friday morning meetings
For more information on the internship program, please email Maria Lara. maria.lara@sorensonimpact.com

Or, attend an info session:

Every other Wednesday at 12pm-1pm from 9/21 until 11/30
Zoom link: https://utah.zoom.us/j/99235432462

Passcode: 616627
University of Utah Strategy

The Sorenson Impact Center Student Program aligns and supports the University of Utah’s Strategy.

University of Utah Strategy
The Sorenson Impact Center Student Program aligns and supports the University of Utah’s Strategy.
Title IX Statement

The University of Utah is committed to providing a supportive learning environment and fostering safe, healthy relationships among our students. To do so, the University will immediately and appropriately respond to reports of sexual misconduct, including the offenses of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are the most egregious forms of sex discrimination. University policy also prohibits discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.  These offenses are subject to the same accountability standards as offenses against individuals in any protected class and the same kinds of support are available.

When OEO receives a report of sexual misconduct, the university will respond by providing information about support and resources on campus and will also explain options for addressing the behavior including filing a Formal Complaint with the OEO under university policy and/or reporting to law enforcement.   Supportive Measures are available to those who experience Sexual Misconduct, whether or not you choose to file a Formal Complaint or report to law enforcement.

 
 
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, we encourage you to report it to the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Sherrie Hayashi

Title IX Coordinator/Director

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

801-581-8365

oeo@utah.edu

Online reports may be submitted at oeo.utah.edu.

More information about the University policies can be found at our website at oeo.utah.edu. Relevant University of Utah’s policies can be found at:

http://regulations.utah.edu/general/1-012.php

http://regulations.utah.edu/general/1-011.php

Student Safety
 

Our student intern safety is important to us, as such we encourage student interns to use the following resources available to them through the University of Utah.  In an emergency, dial 911 or seek a nearby emergency phone (throughout campus). Report any crimes or suspicious people to 801-585-COPS; this number will get you to a dispatch officer at the University of Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS; dps.utah.edu). If at any time, you would like to be escorted by a security officer to or from areas on campus, DPS will help — just give a call. The University of Utah seeks to provide a safe and healthy experience for students, employees, and others who make use of campus facilities. In support fo this goal, the University has established confidential resources and support services to assist students who may have been affected by harassment, abusive relationships, or sexual misconduct. A detailed listing of University Resources for campus safety can be found at https://registrar.utah.edu/handbook/campussafety.php

Our student and staff well-being is key to your personal safety. If you are in crisis, call 801-587-3000; help is close. The university has additional excellent resources to promote emotional and physical wellness, including the Counseling Center (https://counselingcenter.utah.edu), the Wellness Center (https://wellness.utah.edu), and the Women’s Resource Center (https://womenscenter.utah.edu). Counselors and advocates in these centers can help guide you to other resources to address a range of issues, including substance abuse and addiction.

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