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Social Economy and Enterprise Academy Internship


Students participating in this project enroll in an intensive five-week summer course taught by Dr. German Cubas (CLASS), Dr. Pablo Pinto (Hobby School of Public Affairs), and Dr. Ruxandra Boul (CLASS). The purpose of this class is to connect undergraduate students with nonprofit organizations from the Houston area in order to help them meet their social goals. After an introductory week, students divide into teams and, under the direct supervision of faculty, will work closely with the leadership of the NGO’s to develop a social enterprise idea, conduct quantitative research or create a venture plan. Students that qualify will be eligible for the new Honors designation, “Honors in Co-Curricular Engagement” academic plan.


Undergraduate, Master of Applied Economics, Master of Public Policy students will be able to earn 3 credits of applicable undergraduate upper level elective hours or applicable graduate elective/internship hours. The course is open for all majors but it is going to be of particular interest for students majoring in Economics, Public Policy, and Political Science. Students are required to have some basic knowledge of Statistics. More advanced data analysis courses as Econometrics or Regression Analysis are recommended, but not required.


The program will be held in Houston during the Summer 2021 Session 2 from June 7 - July 8.

Financial Aid

We aim to fund 5 undergraduate students ($1,000 per student) based on financial need.


The application deadline is March 26, 2021. Please fill out this application. There will be a competitive selection process. Decisions will be made by April 16th and communication will be sent out to students by April 23rd.

For any questions, please send an email to