Working in Social Enterprise (WISE) is an 11-month Professional Development program designed to work in conjunction with our Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) program.  It is intended for recent college graduates who are already employed in the nonprofit sector with up to 5 years of post-college work experience.

WISE includes the following elements:

  • Training Workers in Social Enterprise meet regularly with RISE (Residency in Social Enterprise) Fellows throughout their terms for training on topics ranging from project management to nonprofit finance, communication to interviewing skills, and more.  Trainers include social sector leaders, consultants, career coaches, and others.
  • MentorshipThrough 1:1 relationships between Fellows and professionals who volunteer to serve as Mentors, Fellows gain individual support for their host site projects, their career planning, or other areas aligned with their individual goals.
  • CoachingStructured and as-needed coaching opportunities offer Fellows support for host site projects and career development, as well as additional learning. Coaching is supported by Learning Teams (peer groups) as well as individual meetings with Fellows and Staff.

New Sector WISE Fellows participate in nearly 200 hours of training, drawing from our curriculum spanning five dimensions of professional development.  The structured training schedule includes:

  • Two weeks of Kickoff Training at the start of the program, which includes six full days of training with the cohort.
  • Twenty full-day workshops (on every other Friday); each workshop includes career development sessions, large and small group discussions on topics ranging from local community issues to career planning, structured reflection opportunities, and cross-cohort skill-share opportunities

A complete overview of our current curriculum can be downloaded here.


“New Sector’s program was by far one of the best professional decisions I’ve made. I learned more about what it means to be an effective nonprofit professional than I could have by just taking an entry-level job. I also met many inspiring and smart people in my cohort…”
- C. Nikole Saulsberry, RISE 10-11, San Francisco

The New Sector Residency in Social Enterprise program:

  • Currently operates in the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Twin Cities areas
  • Upcoming program dates: September 6, 2016 – July 28, 2017

We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Working in Social Enterprise Fellowship.

Application Deadline

Our final deadline to apply is September 6th, 2016.

How to Apply

Email materials below to Brian Garshelis, National Program Director at

  1. Written Materials (Resume, Cover Letter) in PDF or Word formats
  2. Contact Information for Work Site and Supervisor

Qualifications and Eligibility

  • Completion of undergraduate degree before the start of the program
  • Demonstrated commitment to social impact
  • High level of self-motivation and academic, extracurricular, professional, and/or personal accomplishment
  • Core leadership attributes, including: resourcefulness, responsibility, independence, patience, integrity, energy, and a strong work ethic
  • Adaptability in the face of change and resource constraints
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the capacity to understand the needs of multiple and diverse stakeholders, build strong host site relationships, and work effectively individually and as part of a team
  • Excellent project management, analytical, and/or research skills
  • Ability to approach challenges in a structured manner by setting goals, devising a plan to achieve those goals, and meeting those goals in a timely manner
  • Clear commitment to growth and focus on professional development goals