Dugal Impact Fellowship Program

The Dugal Impact Fellowship Program provides a stipend for two undergraduate students to spend their summers interning at early-stage social enterprises, thanks to a generous gift from Ish ’05 and Priya Dugal ’05.  Through this program, growing social enterprises benefit from increased access to the University of Maryland’s most talented and vibrant students. Meanwhile, students gain invaluable experience with the challenges of forming and growing new social ventures. The Dingman Center provides up to a $5,000 stipend to supplement any salary offered by the startup.

Student Qualifications

  • Open to current UMD undergraduates
  • Students must have a demonstrated interest in social entrepreneurship or a related field
  • Past participation in social entrepreneurship programming and coursework through the Dingman Center or other campus partners
  • Commitment to work full-time (40 hours/week) for the duration of an 8-week internship

Benefits of becoming a Dugal Impact Fellow

  • Receive up to $5,000 to supplement any additional salary from the company
  • Foster connections within and understanding of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem
  • Benefit from Dingman Center promotion and support

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Produce high-level work and strongly represent the Dingman Center, the Smith School and the University of Maryland
  • Commitment to work full-time during a typical summer internship time frame (early June to early/mid-August), negotiating any vacation dates with the company directly
  • Once designated a Dugal Impact Fellow, students are expected to become ambassadors for the Dingman Center through promoting our courses and programs

What types of companies can participate in this program?

  • Company must be revenue-generating and have 5+ full-time employees
  • Company must provide a detailed job description
  • Intern role must be substantive and useful for the company’s growth
  • Company must provide a direct supervisor for the intern who has the capacity and enthusiasm to effectively manage him/her.
  • For-profit and non-profit ventures are eligible

Application Process for Students

  • We will start recruiting for the Summer 2019 Dugal Fellows in early Spring 2019. If you are interested in learning more about the program, email Associate Director for Social Entrepreneurship Sara Herald at sherald@rhsmith.umd.edu.

2018 Dugal Impact Fellows

Candice Daytner Candice Daytner is a rising senior studying Supply Chain Management and Information Systems at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. After a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, Candice is looking forward to getting hands-on experience in supply chain and operations through an internship in the New York City office of Misfit Juicery, a company dedicated to reducing food waste through making cold-pressed juice from “ugly” and surplus produce that would otherwise go to waste. At Copenhagen Business School, she learned a great deal about corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship in the classroom, and experienced a different culture with a strong focus on sustainability and social issues such as gender equality out of the classroom. Her strong interest in travel and other cultures has led her to a passion of making international supply chains more ethical and sustainable. Through working at the front desk of a dormitory as a Community Assistant, getting involved with the Women in Business Association, and being a mentor in La Familia, a program for mentoring first-year Latinx students, Candice has been able to find a place within the University of Maryland community.
Adam Sarsony Adam Sarsony is a rising junior studying Finance and Operations Management. He is passionate about social entrepreneurship and leveraging new technologies and resources to generate social good. In his free time, he enjoys running, competing in "Spartan Races", and writing science fiction stories. This summer, he'll be working in the DC offices of social enterprise accelerator SEED SPOT, supporting the CEO and Co-Founder as the Grant Writing and Research intern. In the future, he hopes to use the skills that learned at SEED SPOT to help people everywhere realize the benefits of social entrepreneurship and innovation.