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Center for Social Entrepreneurship



Internships are a fantastic way to start making an impact in the social space as a student at NIU. Each year students from the social entrepreneurship program work internships in social businesses and organizations. Internships help build the skills and experiences necessary for students to accomplish their career goals after college. For more information visit our internship web page.

Competition Course

The Social Venture Case Competition course gives students the opportunity to work in teams to develop their own social business. With the help of advisors and mentors, students are challenged to develop a business model and business plan for a new social venture. For more information see the following links:


KIVA is an online lending platform that allows people to make loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world. By making a small loan to an entrepreneur, you provide them access to the capital they need to start a business so that they can earn a sustainable wage and escape poverty. To start making an impact through lending or to learn more about KIVA visit their website.