GU Impacts

"The best part of my GU Impacts experience was certainly the unexpected moments of community immersion that put the work we were doing into sharp focus and allowed me to understand why it was important." - Kshithij Shrinath

GU Impacts

Program Summary

The Beeck Center’s signature student engagement program, GU Impacts, provides Georgetown University students with experiential learning opportunities in the social sector within the U.S. and around the world. GU Impacts fellows participate in an eight-month fellowship centered on a 10-week summer project with cutting-edge organizations and social enterprises in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Through the generous support of our donors, the program has supported seventy-five students to date. Now in its fourth year with the Beeck Center, our 2016 Fellows have partnered with five of the social impact organizations below while we are also planning to launch four new partnerships in 2017. Click here to meet our 2016 Cohort! Applications to join our 2017 cohort are now live – scroll down to learn more about how to apply!

Atlanta, GA, USA

Center for Civic Innovation

Website: civicatlanta.org/

The Center for Civic Innovation is a community-driven research and development lab based in Atlanta for local governments, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs. The Center’s mission is to find, test, and invest in outcome-driven solutions to local social challenges. They host an in-house incubator called Civic Labs, regular workshops for community based social entrepreneurs at all stages, and work with local public institutions to invest in early stage community initiatives and ventures.

Over the past six months, The Center for Civic Innovation has held over 50 programs and workshops with over 1,500 entrepreneurs and has helped facilitate over $100,000 in early stage investments. CCI is also home base for 25 social ventures and over 50 individuals.

2017 Projects Include: (1) Social Entrepreneurship, (3) Communications and Storytelling, (3) Civic Engagement, and (4) Development.

Washington, DC, USA

Federal City Council – Infrastructure DC

Website: federalcitycouncil.org/

The Federal City Council (FC2) is a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization in Washington, DC. Led by former DC Mayor Anthony Williams, the Council endeavors to enhance DC’s economic and social progress by focusing the talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities that are facing the City. Membership on the FC2 is highly selective and is limited to top business, professional and civic leaders.

The FC2 has proposed the creation of the Infrastructure DC (IDC) as a means to leverage private money to finance impactful projects related to public sustainability and economic and social infrastructure in the District of Columbia. IDC would provide the District (and DC region) with an infrastructure investment partner to facilitate growth for decades to come.

2017 Projects Include: (1) Infrastructure, (2) Public Private Partnerships, (3) Urban Planning and (4) Impact Investing.

Managua, Nicaragua

Agora Partnerships

Website: agorapartnerships.org

Agora Partnerships works to establish a dynamic, global ecosystem of investment and support that enables all entrepreneurs to reach their potential and contribute to solving the world’s toughest challenges. We empower small and growing businesses through access to investment capital, strategic consulting and a global community of support.

2017 Projects Include: (1) Social Entrepreneurship, (2) Strategic Planning, and (3) Communications

Mhaswad, India

Mann Deshi Foundation and Mann Deshi Bank

Website: manndeshifoundation.org/ and manndeshibank.com/

Mann Deshi Foundation and Bank work together to develop women entrepreneurs in rural India by equipping them with knowledge, courage, and capital. Mann Deshi Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life of women and their families living in the rural areas of Maharashtra and Karnataka with the primary objective to empower rural women and fight injustices based on gender, caste, and class. Mann Deshi Foundation empowers female entrepreneurs, from management to accessing markets. Mann Deshi Mahila Bank is a bank run by and for women, providing loans, savings plans, pension, and insurance to 25,000 entrepreneurs every year. Since its founding in 1997, Mann Deshi has directly supported over 325,000 women and girls, transforming the whole community.

2017 Projects Include: (1) Financial Inclusion, (2) Entrepreneurship, (3) Storytelling, and (4) Development.

Lima, Peru

Yanbal International

Website: yanbal.com

Yanbal International’s mission is to inspire and positively impact the lives of individuals, offering the best opportunity for professional, personal, and economic development, through the sale of world-class beauty products. Yanbal’s product lines include: skin treatment, makeup, jewelry, fragrances and personal care. Yanbal is among the top 15 ranked companies in the Direct Sales Association and has business operations in eleven countries in Latin America and Europe. Yanbal’s business model uses microentrepreneurs to sell products to customers.

2017 Projects Include: (1) Strategic Sales and (2) Marketing.

Kigali, Rwanda

Akazi Kanoza Access (AKA)

Website: akazikanoze.org

Akazi Kanoze started six (6) years ago as a project implemented by Education Development Center (EDC) under USAID funding. EDC has locations around the world, including Washington, D.C., and has implemented youth employment and empowerment projects in Rwanda. Building on achieved results and successes, the project’s local staff and various stakeholders have established a national NGO called Akazi Kanoze Access (AKA) in order to sustain and scale up the project models with the support of USAID and EDC. AKA’s mission is to provide Rwandan youth with the employability skills, capital, and support necessary to take advantage of economic opportunities. AKA’s vision is to empower Rwandans with employment-oriented skills and services, enabling access to economic opportunities.

Armed with the Akazi Kanoze training, students graduate with the ability to significantly contribute to the economic development of their communities and country by entering the workforce as skilled employees and creating jobs as passionate entrepreneurs. Akazi Kanoze meaning “work well done”, inspires a self-reliant generation by building linkages with the employment market and equipping Akazi Kanoze youth with the necessary tools and resources for productive engagement in Rwandan society.

AKA’s programs include its flagship employability skills development program, its advanced entrepreneurship program, accelerated learning programs, early childhood development caregivers program, and small business and cooperative management programs.

2017 Projects Include: (1) Business Development, (2) Monitoring and Evaluation, and (3) Communications.

Gashora, Rwanda

Gashora Girls Academy for Science & Technology (GGAST)

Website: rwandagirlsinitiative.org/ggast/

The Gashora Girls Academy is an upper-secondary boarding school for 270 girls, which is located in the Gashora Sector of Rwanda.   Our vision for our students is that they will graduate as inspired young leaders filled with confidence, a love of learning, and a sense of economic empowerment to strengthen their communities and foster Rwanda’s growth.

In addition to offering high quality college-prep academics, the Gashora Girls Academy is focused on addressing the needs of the “whole girl” and eliminating the impediments that exist to her receiving an education. The girls are provided nutritious meals, mental and emotional support, access to healthcare, and a supportive learning environment with optimal conditions for assuring their future success.

The school opened in February of 2011 with the first incoming class of 90 students.

2017 Projects Include: (1) Business Development and Social Entrepreneurship, (2) Impact Measurement, and (3) Communications.

Kigali, Rwanda

Knowledge Lab (kLab)

Website: klab.rw/

As Rwanda strives towards establishing a knowledge based economy and achieving its Vision 2020 goals, fostering innovative ICT based SMEs becomes critically important. kLab (knowledge Lab) is a unique open technology hub in Kigali where students, fresh graduates, entrepreneurs and innovators come to work on their ideas/projects to turn them into viable business models. The growing kLab community is also made of experienced mentors who provide both technical and business assistance to needy members. At kLab we also host events, workshops, bootcamp, hackathons and networking sessions to promote collaboration, partnerships, investment and financing.

kLab’s mission is to promote, facilitate and support the development of innovative ICT solutions by nurturing a vivid community of entrepreneurs and mentors.

2017 Projects Include: (1) Social Entrepreneurship, and (2) Business and Development.

Palawan, Phillippines

El Nido Resorts

Website: elnidoresorts.com

El Nido in the Philippines is an area of great natural beauty and high biodiversity. Its highest economic potential lies in the tourism activities in the area, as agriculture and fisheries are best described as sustenance and other industries are non-existent.

The Ten Knots Group of Companies opened its first El Nido Resort at Miniloc Island in Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan, in December 1982. Since inception, Ten Knots has advocated responsible tourism and has exercised stewardship over its natural environment and forged partnerships with local community members. For over three decades, Ten Knots has strived to maintain a delicate balance between achieving tourism development goals, conserving El Nido’s fragile environment, and meeting the needs of the local community. In 2013, Ten Knots became a wholly owned subsidiary of Ayala Land, Inc.

Few businesses have had as much impacts across several frontiers as El Nido Resorts. We ensure best practices in all aspects of our operations. The Company adheres to a Quadruple Bottom Line of Financial Profitability, Environmental Stewardship, Community Engagement and Organizational Development. Individual and corporate key result areas are measured against these bottom lines annually. Compliances to government regulations and benchmarking against industry standards are non-negotiable. During the start of operations in Bacuit Bay in 1981, we lobbied with government to declare the area protected. Since then, incidents of illegal fishing and logging have drastically abated. To mitigate environmental impacts, we harness technology and constantly monitor the market for upgrades. Organic farming practices have produced sustainable menus and reduced food miles dramatically.

2017 Projects Include: (1) Sustainable Tourism, (2) Environmental Conservation, and (3) Community Engagement.

Hear from our 2016 GU Impacts cohort on their experiences abroad and what it takes to make a real impact on the ground.

How to apply to GU Impacts

Applications for our 2017 cohort are now live! Before you apply, please carefully review our project descriptions here

Part I must be completed by Friday, January 13 at 11:59pm. For Part II, you will need to send a single PDF document that includes the following:

1. Resume, no more than 1 page

2. Transcript, unofficial

3. Essays (two), no more than 750 words each. Essay must address the following questions: (a) Why have you applied to the 2017 GU Impacts Fellowship Program? If you indicated a preference or preferences for a specific impact partner, please explain why. Why are you well suited for this program? (b) What does failure mean to you?

Please email the document to Beeck Center Program Manager Matthew Fortier: Matthew.Fortier@Georgetown.edu. Please format the title of your document as follows: Last Name, First Name_Application – GU Impacts Fellowship 2017. Please include the same title in the subject line of your email.


Program Requirements



Finances

The Beeck Center covers all administrative costs associated with the program, including orientation and the yearlong maintenance of all program activities.

The Beeck Center does not cover costs directly associated with the 10-week project, including airfare, housing, local transportation, and day-to-day living expenses such as food. These costs typically range between $3,000-$5,000 per person, depending on the impact partner and project location.

In its commitment to maintaining GU Impacts as a need-blind program, the Beeck Center has set aside a scholarship fund to which students can apply to help cover these direct project costs. The scholarship application will be made available in March, after fellow selections are made. The scholarships will be determined through a combination of factors, including though not limited to financial need and demonstrated effort in identifying and seeking additional funds.

In our FAQ, we have provided a non-exhaustive list of funding sources based on the 2016 program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to do their homework when it comes to funding, familiarizing themselves with these potential funding sources while identifying additional resources as well. This component of the program will be taken into consideration as part of the application process

Fellowship Orientation (March 13 – April 30)

Attend pre-program sessions, including orientations, workshops and project planning activities.

Complete all required paperwork from Georgetown and the partner organization, including visa applications.

Complete pre-departure impact evaluation.

Maintain good academic standing and conduct with the University.

Project Implementation (May 22 – July 28)

Maintain weekly communication with GU Impacts Program Manager and/or in-country Program Coordinator.

Develop S.M.A.R.T. goals with your project supervisor and participate in a mid-project evaluation.

Write 3-4 reflections and develop 1-2 media rich content pieces related directly to your impact partner and project.

Actively participate for the full duration of the summer project for ten (10) weeks.

Capstone and Reflection

Participate in post-program debrief and reflection sessions, including impact evaluation survey.

Complete a capstone project that will provide strategic value to your client, such as a marketing strategy, a business plan, a fundraising strategy, a suite of info graphics or a promotional video.

Present your capstone project on campus.

Sign a GU Impacts commitment form agreeing to all of the above.



For More Information



Please read our FAQ and if you have further questions or concerns, please contact the GU Impacts Program Manager, Matt Fortier at matthew.fortier@georgetown.edu



Testimonials

“The highlight of my GU Impacts experience was working around people who’s passion and drive was contagious. Seeing my boss pursue his goals fearlessly inspired me to do the same.” – Katherine Sullivan

“The most important lesson that I learned from my GU Impacts experience is to not be afraid to talk to other people! You never know what each interaction will lead to, and which relationships will prove the most enriching.” – Meredith Peng

FAQ

If you have a question about GU Impacts, please check here to see if it is included among our frequently asked questions. If you still have a question about our program or would like additional information, please contact Matt Fortier and complete this brief form and a member of the team will get back to you.

Questions

Who can apply?

Georgetown undergraduates – specifically rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are all welcome to apply. Unfortunately, the program is not open to graduating seniors. We are also exploring the possibility of opening up a limited number of spaces for our program in the Philippines with students of MSFS and the GHD Program. Stay tuned!

I am studying abroad in the spring (2016) semester. Can I still apply?

Students must be on campus spring semester to apply for GU Impacts in 2016. The fellowship starts from the moment of selection – in early March, so that we can prepare you for your internship through a robust orientation, workshops and project planning. You’ll need to be on campus for those activities so unfortunately, this opportunity is only open to undergraduates who are on campus spring semester.

When do the GU Impacts fellowships take place?

The GU Impacts fellowship begins from the moment of selection (March) and lasts through the fellow’s return to campus in the fall of 2017. The fellowship-project, which refers to the 10-week period during which GU Impacts fellows work directly with their impact partner, takes place during the summer. The proposed time period for 2017 is May 22 – July 28, 2017. However, the exact time period is pending confirmation as the Beeck Center continues to work closely with its partners towards finalizing the details of the projects.

To what do the terms “fellowship” and “fellowship-project” refer?

Fellowship refers to the entire duration of the GU Impacts program, which begins once fellows are selected in early March and ends in the fall after fellows have returned, completed their reflection sessions, capstone projects, and capstone presentations. The term “fellowship-project” refers to the specific period of time – 10 weeks – during which our fellows are working with their impact partner on a pre-determined project with key deliverables and a final capstone.

We’ve heard the GU Impacts fellowships are selective, but how selective?

In 2016 we had 73 applications and selected 16 fellows. We expect an even greater number of applications for 2017 for a slightly higher number of awarded fellowships.

If I apply this year and am not selected, can I reapply in the future?

Absolutely. This is a highly competitive program and we encourage students to consider applying next year if not selected this year. Moreover, students are welcome to seek direct feedback on their application after selections are made by reaching out to the Program Manager.

What role does the faculty mentor play?

We encourage students to identify faculty mentors who can be directly connected to the GU Impacts program. There is no required commitment for faculty mentors; rather, we are looking for faculty whose work relates to the client partner/project to which you are applying. The more involved that faculty member wants to be, the better – and the more it can be mutually beneficial, the better. For example, it would be good if their research can be furthered by your work on the ground with the impact partner while your own work can be enhanced through their guidance. That way, it’s less of an obligation for them and instead, more of a partnership. From their end, being able to provide mentorship and guidance, before, during and/or after your internship would be key; i.e., through the duration of the fellowship. Again, there is no specific requirement but the more involved they want to be the better.

Do you need a reference letter?

We are not requiring a reference letter as part of the GU Impacts application. Rather, we are looking for a reference who can be contacted by phone or email for a brief reference should it be necessary. If we decide to contact references, you will be notified and will have the opportunity to notify your reference in return.

How is the program funded?

The Beeck Center covers all administrative costs associated with the program, including orientation and the yearlong maintenance of all program activities.

The Beeck Center does not cover costs directly associated with the 10-week project, including airfare, housing, local transportation, and day-to-day living expenses such as food. These costs typically range between $3,000-$5,000 per person, depending on the impact partner and project location.

In its commitment to maintaining GU Impacts as a need-blind program, the Beeck Center has set aside a scholarship fund to which students can apply to help cover these direct project costs. The scholarship application will be made available in March, after fellow selections are made. The scholarships will be determined through a combination of factors, including though not limited to financial need and demonstrated effort in identifying and seeking additional funds.

Below, we are providing a non-exhaustive list of funding sources based on the 2016 program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to do their homework when it comes to funding, familiarizing themselves with these potential funding sources while identifying additional resources as well. This component of the program will be taken into consideration as part of the application process.

(1) Impact Partners: some partners provide in-kind support, such as housing, while others provide stipends or salaries. Financial and in-kind assistance is detailed in the individual project descriptions for each impact partner.

(2) University Scholarships: there are many available scholarships and grants available at Georgetown, including but not limited to the Improving the Human Condition Grant (SFS students), SIPS, GWA, GUWIL, Corp Philanthropy, and Kalorama or Raines Scholarships. SFS students are required to apply for the Improving Human Condition Grant, which historically, has covered most if not all project costs for past GU Impacts fellows.

(3) External Scholarships: External Scholarships: here, students will need to do their research to identify external opportunities for funding. The more you can identify, the more competitive you will be in the application process!

(4) Personal fundraising, including crowdfunding: in 2016, students raised as much as $1,700 individually and a combined $5,500+ through crowdfunding.

Should you have any questions about the financial aspect of the program, please contact the Program Manager, Matt Fortier.

Transcript – Official or Unofficial?

You can send an unofficial transcript, printed from myaccess as part of your application. An official transcript may be requested but is not initially required.

Will I get credit for participating in the program?

In short, no – you cannot receive credit on your transcript for participating in the GU Impacts program. However, there are opportunities for credit summer reflection classes through both MSB and CSJ, which the Beeck Center recommends as a complement to the GU Impacts program. Students who have enrolled in the CSJ Intersections course for either 1, 2, or 3 credits, have found the program to be incredibly rewarding and we strongly encourage you to consider this option, for which financial aid is available.

While you will not receive credit on your transcript for participating in the GU Impacts program, this experience is invaluable, providing you with hands-on experiential learning that will inform important academic and professional decisions in your future. Moreover, this experience will help you develop your network and provide you with the professional experience coveted by real-world employers.

How are the impact partners selected?

Our Impact Partners include non-profit, business, and government partners around the world, all working towards achieving a social impact. When we select our impact partners, we do so under the principles of Fair Trade Learning. To understand the key principles of Fair Trade Learning, that projects are (1) community driven, (2) caring is credible, and (3) partnerships are capital-conscious, check out this quick video. In 2017, we are working closely with both current and new impact partners in confirming partnership and developing project details. The development of project details is an ongoing process, and a key component of a GU Impacts fellow’s orientation period will be to work directly with your host organization to further refine project details and key deliverables. In the descriptions of our impact partners above, we have provided a broad overview of our partner organizations and an idea of the types of projects on which our students have worked on in the past, and will work on in 2017.

How are the projects selected?

We work closely with our impact partners to identify their greatest needs and most significant challenges in achieving their social impact mission. We then work to align these projects and the outcome goals with the larger body of work at the Beeck Center, focusing on the areas of civic technology, financial inclusion, impact investing, and innovative government and the potential for scale. During the orientation and pre-departure planning period, beginning in March 2017 and up until the time of departure in May, GU Impacts fellows work closely with Beeck Center staff, alumni mentors, faculty advisors, and the impact partner supervisors, in order to dive deeper into each project, developing comprehensive work plans, outcome goals, and identifying the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve impactful results.

What preparation do fellows receive before the internship?

GU Impacts fellows will receive comprehensive orientation and training before their departure, which will include working closely with Beeck Center staff, alumni mentors, faculty advisors, and the impact partner supervisors. We will provide cultural orientation, logistics planning, work planning, team building and workshops to equip our fellows for success.

What is expected of GU Impacts fellows upon their return to campus next fall?

GU Impacts fellows are expected to participate in formal and informal reflection activities, which present opportunities for fellows to learn about one another’s work and for Beeck Center staff, Georgetown faculty, and other key stakeholders to better understand the successes of the program, along with the challenges and areas for improvement. This is the fourth year in which the Beeck Center is running the program and we are always interested in making the program better and more impactful.

GU Impacts fellows are also expected to complete a capstone project that is directly related and beneficial to their client. For example, GU Impacts fellows may complete a strategic plan for a certain project of the client, a series of promotional videos, or a funding report. Fellows will work closely with their client supervisor, the Beeck Center staff and their academic advisor in identifying and executing their capstone project. Upon completion, GU Impacts fellows will present their capstone in different campus forums, including but not limited to Beeck Center events such as our open house and GU Impacts Reception.

How will I communicate with my family and friends back home? How will I stay in touch with the Beeck Center?

Speak to your internship supervisor about what type of Internet access you will have ahead of time. You will be able to purchase a local sim card and possibly secure an Internet plan, if you do not have adequate access at the office of your client. Plan on checking in with the Beeck Center once a week over phone, Skype, or email.

What will my work schedule look like?

Check with your internship supervisors but typically, work schedules are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Some impact partners require hours that go a bit longer while others might require work on Saturdays.

Will there be opportunities for travel outside of my internship?

You might want to make independent travel plans after your internship finishes. The Beeck Center encourages you to take advantage of being immersed in another culture and exploring their rich histories. Please be sure to email your family, the Beeck Center, and Georgetown Global Services your detailed itinerary and emergency contact information.

What will the living situation be like?

Housing details are being finalized with each impact partner, so continue to check back frequently for updates on our website under the client and project descriptions. Housing will vary depending on placement, and often fellows will be housed together, with their cohort peers in either residential or dormitory housing. As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to discuss the details of your housing with your internship supervisor.

What should I bring?

We will provide you with a recommended packing list, informed by the feedback of program alumni, during your orientation.

What type of medicine or immunizations do I need if I am traveling to a foreign country?

Please make an appointment with student health or the physician of your choice to discuss your recommended immunizations and preventive measures.

Can you provide me information on Visas?

GU Impacts fellows will be provided with a program handbook upon selection. This handbook will include information regarding travel, including visas. Typically, you should expect that a visa will be required for travel outside the U.S. and you should prepare to apply for your visa as soon as you accept your fellowship as in some cases, the process can take a long time. More information for U.S. Citizens can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html

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