You came to graduate school with a deep commitment to a sustainable economy and a desire to pivot to mission-driven work that aligns with your core values, yet the inclusion of purpose and sustainability is minimal in most schools’ curricula.
We understand your passion for applying your skills and experience to solve complex social and environmental challenges – we were in your shoes once! – but identifying attractive public and social sector opportunities can be daunting.
We believe that textbooks and lecture halls alone cannot impart the skills you need to lead in a sustainable economy.
PGI offers meaningful summer internships to bring your skills and passions to bear on a real-world need. Along the way, we help you to develop lifelong tools for navigating the less-traveled path of a purposeful vocation.
Our Fellowship model is designed to cultivate the clarity, credibility, and confidence you need to launch a purposeful career in these tumultuous times.
What We Offer
A Roadmap to Purpose
Think of PGI as a “purpose guide”: prompting reflection and dialogue about your sense of purpose, leadership style, strengths, and opportunities. We act as a resource for thought leadership, practical tools, and customized guidance long after you complete your internship.
You’ll be joined in this critical inner work by a community that shares your commitment to use your work and life as a force for good, serving people and the planet. A cohort of peers provides feedback and collaboration, and the broader network is full of potential mentors, employers, and partners.
Enhance your graduate education with real-time application and “real-world” immediacy. We are big proponents of the 70/20/10 model of learning and development, which states that 70% of learning happens on the job and not in the classroom, and see the summer internship as a vital proving ground for all that you’ve learned.
How We’re Different
Over 200 purpose seekers like you have participated in one of our Fellowships, gaining critical sector experience and embarking on purposeful career journeys.
Hear from Our Alumni
It was incredible to get real hands-on experience which will definitely help inform my career and life decisions!
– 2021 Business Plan Intern
This opportunity opened a lot of doors for me and really helped me understand what “social impact” and “social good” really mean. The tools and the professional and interpersonal development skills that I gained were really useful.
– 2019 PGI Social Impact Fellow
[The Fellowship] helped me clarify my professional goals and showed me the type of work I’m interested in pursuing throughout my career. It was an incredible professional and personal experience…I’d encourage any of my peers to apply!
– 2016 Business Plan Intern