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 10-12 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 121 students to date. Now in its sixth year with the Beeck Center, our 2019 Fellows will be working with ten impact partners around the world.
Open our list to view and connect with past fellows still on campus!

Our GU Impacts interest form is now open; please click here to sign up for more news on how and when to apply as well as direct updates on our partnerships, projects, and program.

Astana, Kazakhstan

Kunde Social Cafe

Website: Lets open Künde – a cafe for everyone!

“The Kunde Social Cafe was founded to combat the social stigma and isolation facing individuals with mental disabilities, (LLC “Best For People Foundation”). The organization trains and employs adults with mental disabilities while fostering a positive space for interaction with the public, including university student volunteers and families of people with special needs. In 2017, Kunde Cafe trained 115 individuals with disabilities. In 2018, Kunde Cafe employed 23 individuals with developmental and learning disabilities and 6 employees have “graduated” to be employed in other partner restaurants and cafes.”

Projects Include: Marketing + Communication; Business Development + Investment

Atlanta, GA, USA

Center for Civic Innovation


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.

Past Projects Include: (1) Communications, (2) Event Planning, and (3) Fundraising

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Women for Women International


Žene za Žene International/Women for Women International was founded in 1993 to offer financial and emotional support to women displaced by the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Since then, it has served more than 63,000 women directly in 50 different communities and provided support to 350,000 women through life skills, business, and vocational training, as well as conditional cash transfers.
Today, 22 years after the war ended, its main priority is promoting social and economic development among Bosnian women, by teaching them skills to increase their income and achieve economic independence, by bolstering civic engagement, and by providing them with the resources to develop new economic activities.

Past Projects Include: (1) Communications and Storytelling, and (2) Fundraising and Marketing

Washington, DC, USA

Federal City Council – Infrastructure DC


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.

Past Projects Include: (1) Community development, (2) Housing, (3) Transportation, and (4) Infrastructure

Managua, Nicaragua

Agora Partnerships


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.

Past Projects Included: (1) Social Entrepreneurship, (2) Strategic Planning, and (3) Communications

Mhaswad, India

Mann Deshi Foundation and Mann Deshi Bank

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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.

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

Lima, Peru

Yanbal International


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.

Past Projects Included: (1) Strategic Sales and (2) Marketing.

Kigali, Rwanda

Akazi Kanoza Access (AKA)


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.

Past Projects Include: (1) Business Development, (2) Marketing, and (3) Communications

Gashora, Rwanda

Gashora Girls Academy for Science & Technology (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.

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

Palawan, Phillippines

El Nido Resorts


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.

Past Projects Include: (1) Information, Education, and Communication, (2) Plans and Policies, and (3) Tourism Assessment

Hear from our 2017 GU Impacts cohort on their experiences abroad and what it takes to make a real impact on the ground.

GU Faculty and Staff, we are accepting nominations for the GU Impacts Fellowship. If you have any outstanding students who you believe would be a good fit for the program, please complete this very quick nomination form.

How to apply to GU Impacts

Applications for our 2019 cohort will be opening November 26! We invite you to review our project descriptions for 2019. Our online application will be due on January 14th and require the following:

• Academic Reference

• Resumeno more than 1 page

• Transcriptunofficial

• Essays (two), no more than 750 words each. Essay must address the following questions:

Online applications can be saved and continued at any time. Early submissions are encouraged.

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Program Specifics


The Beeck Center and its University partners can help to 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. Typically, students applying from the SFS apply to the Improving the Human Condition Grant to cover the cost of their fellowship. We anticipate a similar fund for students applying from the MSB. Students applying from the College, NHS, or a graduate program, should inquire within their schools for additional funding sources.

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 11 – 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 27 – August 23)

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.

Complete reflection pieces on your projects and program to GU Impacts Manager.

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

Presentation and Reflection

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

Present your project and share your experience across campus.

NOTE: Upon acceptance, GU Impacts Fellows will be required to sign a commitment form agreeing to the timeline and commitments mentioned above.

For More Information

Please read our FAQ and if you have further questions or concerns, please contact the GU Impacts Manager, Franchesca Rybar. If you would like to contact any past GU Impacts Fellows who are still on Georgetown's campus, please click here.


Joanna Moley

“I don’t think I’ve ever grown more professionally than from this fellowship. My coworkers had such high expectations for me that I had no choice but to meet them – and I worked very well this way.”

Jo Moley – Georgetown School of Foreign Service (Major: Regional and Comparative Studies)
Yanbal International – Lima, Peru

Luke Butcher

“First of all, GU Impacts made me certain that I want to be involved in a social impact career. I was inspired by my coworkers at Mann Deshi. Getting to know the leaders behind social impact really motivated me and made social impact seem like a tangible part of my future.”

Luke Butcher – Georgetown College (Double Major in Economics and Mathematics)
Mann Deshi Foundation – Mhaswad, India

Past fellows discuss how GU Impacts enhances leadership skills

Past fellows discuss how the GU Impacts experience has changed their outlooks and opinions on how to drive change

Past fellows discuss the type of student that will succeed in the GU Impacts program

Past fellows discuss the built-in program support within GU Impacts

Past fellows discuss their motivations for joining the GU Impacts cohort

Where are our Alumni now?

We have over 100 alumni, whose GU Impacts experience has enhanced their career opportunities and choices post-graduation. Of those who have since graduated from Georgetown, our alumni have entered a variety of sectors, including volunteer and community service, finance, the social impact sphere, entrepreneurship, and consulting. We also have many alumni who have continued their education at different graduate and law programs. Come back soon, as we will be updating this website with alumni profiles. Click here to see more in-depth some of the professional and academic paths our alumni have taken since GU Impacts.


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 Franchesca Rybar.


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. Certain projects will also be open to graduate students, including the project with El Nido Resorts in the Philippines. Stay tuned to see which other projects will also be open to graduate students.

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

Students must be on campus spring semester to apply for GU Impacts. 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. 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 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 or 12 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 2018 we had 85 applications and selected 23 fellows. We expect an even greater number of applications for the next year.

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 past programs. 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 GU Impacts Manager, Franchesca Rybar.

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. 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 going forward.

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 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. We are constantly working to improve the program.

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:


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