Social Impact Practicums (SIPs)

What is a Social Impact Practicum (SIP)?

A Social Impact Practicum is a project-based experiential learning opportunity connecting undergraduate courses at Dartmouth with community needs identified by nonprofit organizations throughout the Upper Valley.

Dartmouth students take the skills and content that they are learning in their academic courses and apply them to relevant projects for, and with, local community partners.

In other words, an SIP is a real-world project with real-world impact.

Ideal SIp Projects

Contact DCSI to receive the Community Partner SIP Guide, which outlines the scope of projects that are best suited for Social Impact Practicums.

For organizational needs that do not intuitively align with Dartmouth's liberal arts curriculum, we also partner with Tuck Business School’s Center for Business, Government & Society as well as the Thayer School of Engineering’s Senior Design Challenge initiative to match projects with the Dartmouth resource best-suited to address them.

Get Involved

The Dartmouth Center for Social Impact conducts a Community Needs Assessment every summer to gather the universe of project-based needs for each organization. That said, we understand that needs are an ever-evolving phenomenon so we are always glad to add additional projects to our database during the academic year as well.

To learn more about the Social Impact Practicum (SIP) initiative or to propose projects for your organization, please contact Ashley Doolittle.

Organizations Involved in SIPs

The list below highlights some of the community organizations that have partnered with the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact on this initiative:

  • Aging Resource Center (DHMC)
  • ALL Together (DHMC)
  • Aloha Foundation
  • Child and Family Services
  • Connecticut River Conservancy
  • COVER
  • Crossroads Academy
  • David’s House
  • Dismas House of Vermont
  • Four Winds Nature Institute
  • Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley (GBUV)
  • Good Neighbor Health Clinic
  • Grass Roots Soccer
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hartford Autism Regional Program (HARP)
  • Hartford Police Department
  • Hartford School District
  • Inspiring Kids
  • Kendal at Hanover
  • Lebanon School District
  • LISTEN
  • Marsh-Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park
  • National Center on Special Education in Charter Schools
  • National Park Service
  • Norris Cotton Cancer Center
  • Potter’s House
  • Public Health Council of the Upper Valley (PHC)
  • Second Wind Foundation
  • Senior Solutions
  • The Family Place
  • TLC Family Resource Center
  • Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup (UVAW)
  • Upper Valley Educator’s Institute (UVEI)
  • Upper Valley Land Trust (UVLT)
  • Upper Valley Trails Alliance (UVTA)
  • Valley Court Diversion Programs (VCDP)
  • Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences (VINS)
  • Vital Communities
  • White River Partnership
  • Willing Hands
  • WISE
  • Women’s Health Resource Center (DHMC)

SIP Faculty Pamphlet outlines the faculty, courses, and community partners who were involved in the Social Impact Practicum initiative last year.