Join us Thursday, July 28 – Monday, August 1 for the 2016 Summer Institute!

  • Registration now open; see the links below!
  • At least one member from each Chapter is required to attend SI; the whole Nourish movement is represented!
  • We're excited to announce a new venue for Summer Institute 2016: NC State University, a leading science and technology research university in the heart of Raleigh, NC! And still only a 30-minute drive from Nourish HQ in Chapel Hill.

The Summer Institute is a leadership development conference that unites, trains, and connects Nourish leaders every year.


Register for InstituteAlumni Registration

  • Register using the above links. Registration fees (via PayPal) and deadlines are as follows:
    • $225 early bird price, by March 31
    • $250 regular price, by May 15
    • $275 late price, by June 24
  • Local Student Registration Fee (no housing provided): $100
  • The $225 early bird rate may also be secured with a $50 deposit by March 31, with the balance due by May 31

A limited number of registration and partial travel scholarships are available. If you’re interested in joining us for Summer Institute but need help covering the registration fee, select the appropriate option and pay the $25 deposit during registration by March 31 to be considered for a scholarship.


Interested in more information about Alumni Mentorship? Contact Anna Marie at

About SI:

The Nourish International Summer Institute (SI) 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.

“I have become a part of a great movement, a wonderful community, and have had 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

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 feature speakers and mentors throughout Summer Institute.

“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 alumnus and current Nourish International board member.


View footage from last year's Summer Institute here:

Frequently Asked Questions

What does my registration fee cover?

The $250 fee will cover the cost of attending all workshops, speaker sessions, and activities. Your fee also covers all lodging, food (breakfast/lunch/dinner on each day, excluding dinner on Friday when students eat out on their own in Raleigh), and transportation to Institute-related activities. This is made possible by generous sponsorship from some of Nourish's most supportive donors, including the Fenwick Foundation and the Marcia Angle and Mark Trustin Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation.

What does a typical day at the Institute look like?

Each day of the Summer Institute features workshops running from approximately 9 am – 7 pm. Every day has its own thematic focus, such as International Partnerships, Business Ventures, Membership and Leadership, and Awareness.

What should I pack?

  • Dress for Saturday and Monday of the Institute is business casual; dress for the other days may be casual.
  • On Thursday, students are encouraged to wear a t-shirt or other “swag” from their college or university. Jeans are permitted on Thursday.
  • On Sunday evening, all students will attend the annual Summer Institute Banquet with local supporters, community leaders, and donors. Please bring appropriate semi-formal/cocktail attire for the Banquet.
  • Please bring a water bottle, notebook/paper and pens, and travel mug. Paper cups will not be available.
  • 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?

  • For students who have founded a new Chapter in 2016, the Chapter Founders start time is Thursday, July 28 at 9 a.m. We recommend Chapter Founders arrive by 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, when dinner will be served ahead of Chapter Founders activities. For Founders arriving by plane on Thursday morning, please plan to arrive no later than 8:20 a.m.
  • For students from returning Chapters, Summer Institute will kick off on Thursday, July 28 at 2 p.m. Check-in and lunch will be from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m that day.
  • For all students, the departure time is Monday, August 1, at 3 p.m. If flying, please plan your flight no earlier than 5 p.m. on the 1st.
  • For those who are driving to the conference, we will have parking passes to park on NC State’s campus near the Residence Hall.

Where will I be staying in Raleigh?

  • Students stay in North Residence Hall on NC State’s campus, a brief walk from the buildings in which the Institute will be held. 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 require at least one student per Chapter, and encourage two students per Chapter to attend. We will gladly accept more, if space allows! (Some Chapters send up to 10 students!)

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 international Projects, running Ventures, marketing, membership, or any other Nourish activity!