The Haas Social Impact Fund (formerly Haas for Students) was founded in 2004 by Haas students interested in social sector careers. HSIF provides grants to first-year, full-time MBA students who accept summer internships in the social sector. These grants allow students to put their Haas MBA to use for organizations that are doing important work in communities around the world but cannot offer to pay a “typical” MBA salary.
A special thanks to Richard and Cynthia Strauch (MBA 85 & 86, respectively) for creating the Richard & Cynthia Strauch Haas Social Impact Fund – an endowment created in 2017 that provides ongoing support for the Haas Social Impact Fund.

Apply to for the Haas Social Impact Fund 2020

2020 has been extraordinary on all accounts. Many internships have been rescinded. CMG is offering an incentive program to incent companies to hire students. Still, there will be some students who don’t qualify and will be without an internship. For this year, the Haas Social Impact Fund (HSIF) will offer first-year students a payment if they have an unpaid, social impact internship (eligibility requirements below). Funding is limited and we expect awards to range from $500 to $2,000.

Click here to apply

First Priority Deadline is EOD Friday, May 29th. Application Materials submitted before this date with be reviewed first, have priority considerations for funds, and will be notified by Wednesday, June 3rd. 

Please Note: Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis; however, funding will become more and more limited the later in the season. Thus, it is to the applicant’s benefit to submit a complete application as early as possible.

Eligibility Requirements:

1) The internship is at a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or government agency  (employer application)

2) You have already received a written job offer

3) Duration of the summer internship is at least 6 weeks, working 20 hours per week

4) Must be unpaid. For those receiving compensation, you may qualify for CMG’s program

5) If you receive funding you are strongly urged to participate in fundraising for next year’s HSIF fundraising drive and share a blog of your experience with CSSL

6) Must be a first-year MBA student

Finally, it is important to note that we will review each and every application that comes through and accommodate as many grants as we can. Given this, we ask you to be cognizant of the fact that if you do not have the need to apply for this grant and you receive it, you might be using funds that might better support another one of your classmates.

Donate to the Haas Social Impact Fund

HSIF funding comes primarily from Haas first year MBAs, who typically donate one day of their summer internship salary to the fund to demonstrate  Haas’ commitment to supporting non-profit/public sector endeavors. Contributions from matching corporation donations, alumni, and other donors are another integral part of HSIF.

Consider contributing merely a day of your internship or job compensation to help out others. You can quickly calculate your possible contribution here.

Click to Donate to HSIF today!

Please donate online via credit card.

In 2019, close to $25,000 was raised from FTMBA students, far exceeding our fundraising goals and breaking recent records for the Fund. The Fund issued awards to 9 FTMBA students, with 100% of the funds coming from student donations and awards ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. These students pursued high-impact summer internships at mission-driven organizations that pay below-market rates.


HSIF 2019 Blog Posts

For inspiration on your next social impact project and to learn more about the previous recipients’ experiences, visit our 2019 HSIF Blogpost.




From our blog

Megha Kansra

A Crash Course in Scaling Impact: My Summer as an Intern at Rocketship Public Schools — Megha Kansra

I gained an invaluable window into how a charter school network can be scaled, considering finance, community engagement, talent, and other factors in the process. A personal highlight was getting to spend two weeks supporting kindergarten classes during the first days of school, witnessing first-hand what it takes to be an effective teacher and to run a school well.

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A Lasting Impact through Impact Investment — Alex Evangelides

Impact investing is a rapidly growing and shifting industry. As an impact investment advisory firm working to consult funds, family offices, foundations, and more on the entire investment process, D. Capital is uniquely positioned as a trusted intermediary to help mold the field.
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Energy for the People — Thato Keineetse

For my summer internship, I spent ten weeks in Tanzania conducting a product management internship with Off.Grid:Electric, a social enterprise that leases solar systems to the energy poor.
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