“I have become a part of a great movement, a wonderful community, and the opportunity to do awesome things for the world. I am forever grateful for the skills I have gained and the friends I have made. I left the institute feeling excited and proud to be bringing Nourish to my campus.”

- Jason Allenstein, UC Berkeley Chapter Founder

Thursday July 31 – Monday August 4, 2014

The Nourish International Summer Institute is a rigorous and rewarding 5-day conference that prepares our students for the challenges they’ll face as Chapter members. Through workshops, mentoring, and hands-on training, they’ll learn how to earn money, partner with international communities, and run a successful Nourish Chapter on their campuses in the upcoming year.

Participation in the Institute fully enables Nourish students to hit the ground running as they begin new and exciting adventures in the following year. Training at past Institutes has focused on how to increase the profitability of ventures, maximize your project impact, lead a team, build membership, and more.

We also feature speaker and mentors throughout the Institute. Learn more about our past speakers here.


Student Testimonials from Summer Institute 2013

“The diversity of the chapter members and speakers was really great. There was truly something different that each person could contribute and the institute really catered to a variety of interests.” 

–Diana Christensen, Duke University Chapter Leader

“The Institute really helped me get into gear of thinking about Nourish and getting in touch with myself about how to go about getting things moving for this year. It also gave me a great outlook for my personal life and even changed the way I think about where I see myself and how I will get there.”

–Jared Staley, Ohio State University Chapter Member and Student Board Member

“The Institute was invaluable for advice and ideas on how to better lead our team and fix any problems that we’ve had in the past.”

–Remy Bremner, University of Pittsburgh Chapter Leader

Frequently Asked Questions

What expenses does my $225 fee cover?

The $225 fee will cover the cost of attending all workshops, speaker sessions and activities. Your fee also covers all lodging, food and transportation to Institute related activities.

What is the Institute agenda?

Each day of the Summer Institute features workshops running from approximately 9 am – 7 pm. Every day has it’s own thematic focus.

The Daily Themes area as follows:

 .      Thursday: The Nourish Movement

·       Friday: Leadership and Membership

·       Saturday: Social Enterprise and Nourish Ventures

·       Sunday: International Projects

·       Monday: What Happens Next? Taking it back and looking forward to your career


What should I pack?

During most of the conference the dress is business casual. On Thursday, students are invited to wear gear from their colleges or high schools to showcase their school spirit! Jeans are allowed for Thursday only. On Sunday, students are to wear one formal outfit or cocktail attire for the evening’s Banquet event with Nourish’s local supporters. 

Recommended things to bring: water bottle, notebook, and travel mug (no paper cups will be given.)

Students will also need to pack their own towels, toiletries, and bed linens. We recommend students bring bedding for a Twin XL bed, loose blankets, or a sleeping bag.


When should I arrive and depart?

Chapter Founder Conference start time is Thursday, July 31st at 9 a.m. We recommend Chapter Founders to arrive Wednesday evening before 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served for Chapter Founders in Connor Residence Hall at 6 p.m. Optional breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. For those arriving by plane on Thursday morning please plan to arrive no later than 8:20 a.m.

Returning Chapters start time is Thursday July 31 at 2 p.m. Check in and lunch will be from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m

For all students the departure time is Monday, August 4, at 3 p.m. If flying please plan your flight no earlier than 5 p.m. on the 4th.

Those who are driving to the conference we will have parking passes to park on UNC’s campus near the Residence Hall

Where will I be staying in Chapel Hill?

Students stay on UNC’s campus, in the Connor Residence Hall. Connor Residence Hall about a 10 minute walk from the Global Education Center (where the institute will take place). Students will need to pack their own towels, toiletries, and bed linens. We recommend students bring bedding for a Twin XL bed, loose blankets, or a sleeping bag.


Is there a maximum number of representatives per Chapter?

We are hoping for 2 students per Chapter, and will gladly accept more, if space allows!


Who in our Chapter should attend?

We would love to see any member from your Chapter, at any level, at Summer Institute! Many Chapters have used Summer Institute as leadership training for exec board members, incoming Chapter Leaders, Ventures Directors, and International Projects Directors in particular. Rising leaders and members looking to get more involved this upcoming year are also perfect for the Institute. There is something for everyone at the Institute, whether they are most interested in the international project, running ventures, marketing, membership, etc.!