Thank you to everyone who applied to the Social Innovation Academy. We have begun reviewing the applications and interviews will begin to roll out in the next two weeks.

Due to an overwhelming amount of interest in Social Innovation Academy, we are considering applications that are submitted on or before Wednesday March 20, 2019 11:59pm PST. Note - Get your applications in early: we have already begun reviewing applications.

Want to get involved with SIA but already have plans for the summer? We are also opening up applications for "SIA Analyst” positions in April 2019. Keep an eye out! Sign up here to be notified.



We’re excited to be working in partnership with SVX in Toronto and SauderS3i & Railyard Lab in Vancouver. Several SIA interns will be selected to work with these organizations on their projects advancing the social innovation ecosystem in Canada. More partnerships will be announced soon!


About the Social Innovation Academy

Supported by HSBC Bank Canada and led by UBC SauderS3i, the Social Innovation Academy (SIA) is a national network of top student analysts from leading undergraduate and graduate programs across Canada to support the growth of the social innovation and impact investing ecosystem in Canada. SIA will be launched in spring 2019.

SauderS3i is Canada’s leading research centre focused on social innovation and impact investing. The Centre is based at the UBC Sauder School of Business and is led by Dr. James Tansey.


The details

Position Title: Social Innovation Academy Fellow

Locations: Across Canada (major cities)

Participate as an:

  • Intern: May 2019 - August 2019 (full-time, paid) Hiring now, deadline Wednesday Mar. 20, 2019
  • Analyst: September 2019 - April 2020 (part-time, 10 hrs/wk, paid opportunities available). Recruitment begins April 2019

We are hiring

We are seeking versatile, energetic, impact-driven Social Innovation Academy Fellows.

There are two opportunities to join the Fellowship:

As a summer intern (May 2019 to August 2019): A full-time, paid summer internship. Interns will be selected competitively and will support social ventures and impact investors through applied projects (e.g. marketing, strategy, research, investment). We're currently hiring for interns!

As a fall/ winter analyst (September 2019 to April 2020): A part-time (10 hours/wk, paid opportunities available) fall & winter analyst. The analysts will support regional and national impact investment funds and complete applied projects for Canadian social ventures. Recruitment begins August 2019.

SIA Fellows do not necessarily have to be part of a business program - we welcome applicants of all backgrounds and disciplines!


Why become a SIA Fellow?



Yup, we get it - you want to create impact in the world!

The Fellowship helps students thoroughly understand an issue, the existing barriers and solutions landscape. You’ll come out of the program with a better understanding of how to tackle the issue(s) you care so deeply about.

Hands-on Experience

You also want to develop practical, useful skills?

By the end of the Fellowship, you will have built your own digital portfolio of impact projects, and develop strong technical skills ranging from marketing, strategy, research, and finance to help launch your career. Fellows will also get a certification of recognition upon completion of the program.


Social innovation & impact investing applies to government & policy, banks and finance, non-profits, foundations and everything in between.

Build your network in a fast-growing social innovation and impact investing ecosystem! Get access to a national network of organizations, ranging from incubators and universities, to investors and ventures, spanning across Vancouver to Montréal.



Get a jump-start to your career with mentorship from our various industry partners and national supporter.

As a Fellow, you will receive mentorship and support from experts and other industry partners throughout your Fellowship to ensure you have the tools to succeed in all your projects.


How does it work?

You will participate in the Social Innovation Academy as (1) an Intern and/or (2) an Analyst. Summer interns have the opportunity to continue on as an Analyst.


+ Social Innovation Internship (May – August 2019)

  • Recruiting now!
  • Time commitment: Full time, 40 hours/ week, paid

Fellows will participate in a full-time paid internship that will work on two types of projects: (1) Impact Investment projects that help investors understand issues & sectors, and (2) Social Venture Projects to help social enterprises with their operations. Because most of our partner companies are early-stage, fast-growing ventures/ funds, you can expect a variety of tasks ranging from market research to financial strategy support. Though the internship may be focused on market research and business development you must be prepared to work in a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment that is constantly changing.

Students will be working with the following partners in their respective cities:

  • Vancouver: SauderS3i & Railyard Lab
  • Toronto: Social Venture Connexion (SVX)

Click below for internship position examples.

+ Internship Position Examples

Marketing and Communications

  • Conduct market research and customer discovery; develop product positioning in a given market to develop distributor and customer relationship in that space
  • Develop pricing analysis and comparison for competitive substitute products and provide recommendations for pricing strategy
  • Assist in planning and executing marketing and communications campaigns, including graphic design, copywriting and digital marketing/ social media


  • Develop a value proposition analysis and strategy to deliver the most effective message to prospective clients
  • Identify highest potential customer segments and developing a growth strategy to acquire new segments
  • Provide recommendations on how to prioritize business development efforts while balancing ongoing operations


  • Identify key trends in investment funds’ core focus sectors and develop investment strategy
  • Work with deal flow partners to identify high potential venture investments
  • Perform due diligence on social venture impact investments

Sales & Business Development

  • Prospect and reach out to potential clients
  • Help develop and attend presentations and conferences to pitch and interact with customers
  • Develop a customer communication strategy to track key metrics


  • Assist and assess operations and workflow and recommend any improvements to efficiency that can be made
  • Assess staffing needs and develop plan for staffing development
  • Support in implementing tools for efficient inventory management

+ Social Innovation Analyst (September 2019 – April 2020)

  • Recruitment starts April 2019 Sign up here to receive updates when recruitment begins.
  • Time commitment: 10 hours/ week (paid opportunities available)

Analysts will receive training from social innovation experts and participate in two types of projects: impact investing and social innovation. Example of impact investment projects include sector overviews, industry analysis and due diligence. The social innovation projects include working with social ventures on marketing, strategy, research, and design.

Click below for Analyst project examples.

+ Analyst Project Examples

Impact Investment Projects

  • Support a regional and national impact investment funds identify high-potential social ventures
  • Research and analyze issues and sectors to develop investment memos
  • Assist in designing investment deals and support portfolio ventures (strategy, operations, marketing, etc.)

Social Venture Projects

  • Complete applied projects that Canadian social ventures have issued on Riipen
  • Work with your postsecondary institution's courses and/or clubs to engage social ventures.

Selection Criteria

You are eligible if:

  • You are an undergraduate or graduate student in a program at a post-secondary institution in, or near, a major Canadian city (e.g. Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, or Montréal).

  • Availability

    • If you are applying for the internship, you are able to commit to working full-time for 4 months (May 2019 - August 2019)

    • If you are applying for the analyst (recruitment starts August 2019), you are able to commit to 10 hours/ week for 8 months (September 2019 - April 2020).

  • You are able to legally work in Canada.

Desired skills: We are seeking energetic, versatile, impact-driven SIA Fellows who:

  • Has demonstrated excellent ability to learn and potential to perform one or more of the following skills:

    • marketing and communications

    • branding & design

    • strategy & operations

    • operations & logistics

    • finance & investments

    • research & data analysis

    • software development

    • law & policy

  • Has demonstrated interest in social/ environmental issues, social enterprise and/or impact investing

  • Demonstrates a high level of self-motivation and organization

  • Is able to take initiative, be flexible, and work well under uncertainty

  • Possesses excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Is a quick learner with great problem-solving skills

  • Is driven to make a tangible difference, not only in the world but in themselves

  • Experience with working “on the ground” with organizations tackling social/ environmental issues not required but an asset

  • Experience with venture capital/ private equity not required but an asset

  • Experience with entrepreneurship/ start-up development not required but an asset

+ Don't fulfill one of these criteria? Click here.

Graduating in Spring 2019?

  • We are happy to consider your application for the summer internship. The fall/winter analyst position is available only for students continuing their programs in the 2019/2020 academic year.

Don't go to school in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal?

  • We're happy to consider students living near major Canadian cities (e.g. London, ON) - please apply anyways and we'll consider applications on a case-by-case basis.

Going on exchange or co-op during the 2019/2020 academic year?

  • Unfortunately, we aren't able to accommodate students who are going on exchange during the 2019/2020 academic year. We require our student analysts to be "on-the-ground" in their communities to work with social ventures and impact investors.
  • If you are going on co-op, we are happy to consider your application on a case-by-case basis. We want to make sure you can reasonably commit to 10 hours/ week without overloading yourself.

How to apply:

Download the Social Innovation Intern Job Description PDF here.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 20th at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Given the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

We're beginning applications for SIA Analysts positions in April 2019. Sign up here to be notified.



+ Eligibility and Availability

I’m interested but already have a summer internship. Can I still apply?

  • Yes! Please apply when we recruit for the Analysts in the Fall/Winter. Recruitment will begin April 2019. Sign up here for an update when we send begin applications.

I’m interested in the Analyst opportunity but I’m going on exchange during the 2019/2020 academic year, can I still apply?

  • Unfortunately, we aren't able to accommodate students who are going on exchange during the 2019/2020 academic year. We require our students to be "on-the-ground" in their communities to work with social ventures and impact investors.

I'm interested in the fall/ winter Analyst opportunity but I'm going to be on co-op. Can I still apply?

  • We're happy to consider applications on a case-by-case basis. There may even be an opportunity for the SIA Analyst position to be part of your co-op. We just want to make sure you can reasonably commit to 10 hours/ week without overloading yourself.

I’m not a business student but I’m interested in this program, can I still apply?

  • Yes, of course! Students of all disciplines are welcomed and strongly encouraged to apply.

If I’m not in Vancouver, Ontario, Calgary, or Montreal, can I still apply?

  • Yes, we're happy to consider students living near major Canadian cities.

+ Hiring Process

When is the deadline for filling out the Application Form and Case Study?

  • Both the Application Form and the Case Study should be submitted by Wednesday March 20, 11:59pm Pacific Time

I sent in my application, when should I expect to hear back?

  • We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, but you should hear back from us by mid-March. However, we will only be contacting those who are selected for an interview.

Where will my interview take place?

  • Depending on your location we will be scheduling in-person and video interviews.

How many interview rounds should I expect?

  • There will be only 1 round of interviews, taking place in mid-late March.

+ During the Fellowship

What is the difference between the Internships and the Analyst portion of the Fellowship?

  • The short answer is that both interns and analysts will do similar types of work - supporting impact investments while helping social ventures. The key difference is the time commitment: the internship is a paid, full-time, four-month internship, whereas the Analyst portion is 10 hours/ week.

If I'm selected to be a Summer Intern, can I still participate as an Analyst in the fall/winter?

  • Absolutely. We hope to have Summer Interns transition into the Analyst position. However, an internship does not necessarily guarantee a position as an Analyst.

When will I know the social venture I’ll be working for in the summer internship?

  • You will be working with a variety of social ventures throughout the summer. The social venture projects will be determined in March.

Will I get an office space during the summer internship or will I work remotely?

  • Depending on your location, you may have an office space or will work remotely! Details will be confirmed upon confirming the internship.

What is the time commitment during the academic year as an Analyst (Sep 2019 – April 2020)?

  • We expect SIA Fellows to commit 10 hours per week.

Are the 10 hours per week paid?

  • There are paid opportunities for Analysts. These are provided on a case-by-case basis.

Will I get to meet other SIA Fellows?

  • We will organize meet-ups during the summer and fall/ winter terms to connect Fellows, ventures, our industry partners and our national supporter.


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