Learn With Us
The Beeck Center offers a series of experiential courses, seminars and pop-up classes that provide students with the necessary skills and tools for addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. Students apply a host of interdisciplinary, cross-cutting conceptual frameworks and best practices to actual case studies; oftentimes with real world clients. All Beeck Center courses are highly interactive in nature, utilizing both the socratic method and the design thinking process to arrive at truly innovative solutions.
Social Impact At Scale
Led by Beeck Center Executive Director Sonal Shah and Dr. Hollie Russon-Gilman, this 3-credit course couples academic coursework with consulting for a real-life international client. Past client engagements have included (1) scaling a feeding program for at-risk Filipino children, led by Ateneo University in Manilla; and (2) promoting a financial literacy training program for female entrepreneurs in rural India, led by Mann Deshi Bank. Students apply their cross-disciplinary classroom training in social innovation, design thinking, rapid prototyping, economic development, data and technology studies to build scalable solutions for their social sector clients.
Social Innovation at Scale has been my favorite course at Georgetown thus far.Ali Walton
Social Movements in the 21st Century
This four-part seminar led by national social sector leader Paul Schmitz explores the history and development of modern social movements, ranging from the Civil Rights movement to the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter. The seminar looks at each these movements through the lens of how the rapid explosion of digital tools and citizen engagement technologies has allowed for large stakeholder groups to connect and organize in new ways.
Technology and Democracy
Led by Sonal Shah and Dr. Hollie Russon-Gilman, this intense full day socratic seminar examines the role of technology in our lives and future trends in civil society. Students explore and reflect on the intersection between data, technology and policy and how they affect modern day governance structures.
Work with Us
Do you want to gain real world work experience while making a positive social impact? Then consider working with us here at the Beeck Center! We offer several paid and unpaid fellowship opportunities depending on your interest and availability; please fill out this form to formally express interest in the program, and we will let you know of our next open positions.
Student Analyst – Fall 2017
We are seeking both graduate and undergraduate applicants for the position of Student Analyst with the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation for Fall 2017. Both internal (Georgetown) and external applicants will be considered, though applicants must be available on the Georgetown campus during the semester.
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline to apply is Friday, September 1, 2017 at 12pm ET.
About this Position
Student Analysts at the Beeck Center are motivated self-starters looking to drive social change at scale. They are passionate, responsible, detail-oriented, and intellectually curious. As an Analyst, you will be expected to contribute to team efforts, requiring flexibility and a strong work ethic. Specific duties include, but are not limited to: business operations, events and programming, digital communications, research, and administrative support.
Student Analysts will be assigned to roles that match their interests and areas of experience. Analysts may rotate between roles throughout the course of the fall. Responsibilities may consist of the following tasks (but not limited to):
Research + Programming
- Research, analysis, and writing/editing in core Center areas
- Support for grant proposals and reports
- Monitoring legislative developments, news reports, and relevant publications
- Attend briefings, panels, and lectures on behalf of the Beeck Center
- Logistical support for events
- For graduate level student analysts: project management and coordination, lead logistics, help draft papers and reports, and author blog posts
- Support Beeck Center events and programming
- Support on and off campus engagement
- Contribute to student programming, including New Student Orientation
- Help track and document impact of Center engagement
- Help manage and maintain Center database
Communications + Design
- Develop and manage content for the Center’s social media channels, website and blog
- Compile and analyze data for Beeck Center channels
- Identify external and internal opportunities to leverage the impact of the Center
- Build out and maintain a robust media contact list
Business + Operations
- Provide support for office management
- Help organize and manage the Center’s operations
- Contribute to a business and sustainability plan for the Center’s operations
- Help track and maintain information and the impact of Center operations
Ideal candidates are comfortable with a start-up work environment and strive to tackle social challenges greater than themselves. An understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the social sector is preferred, but not required. Knowledge of ongoing efforts in areas such as policy innovation, innovative social finance, and data for social good is a plus. In addition, the following skills and abilities are desired:
- Strong organizational, writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills
- Strong technology and digital skills
- Visual design abilities and experience with Adobe Creative Suite is a plus
- Familiarity with social media management & scheduling tools, i.e. Buffer & Hootsuite, is a plus
- Basic HTML coding skills are a plus, along with experience updating content on a CMS, especially WordPress or Drupal
***Positions involve access to confidential material. Discretion, maturity, and confidential management of all incidental information acquired on the job is essential.
Reporting and Compensation
Must be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week. Wages for hourly student employees are based on Georgetown University’s Student Employment Office guidelines, starting at minimum wage for undergraduates ($12.50/hr) and $15/hour for graduates.
Please email the following information to Matthew.Fortier@Georgetown.edu
- Resume (1-2 pages)
- Cover letter: your cover letter should address the following questions:
- Which area(s) of our work interest you most.
- How do your experiences and/or interests align with the mission and goals of the Beeck Center?
- What unique qualifications can you bring to this position?
- Share an example of something that you’ve done that “made an impact” (and reflects how you might contribute to the Beeck Center).
In addition, please be sure to provide the following in the body of your email:
- First and Last Name
- School and year
- Availability, including: Number of hours you can commit each week; Days you are available; Potential start date and end date
- Please indicate if you are eligible for work-study.
- For applicants external to Georgetown, please indicate if you have any sources of funding, such as a scholarship or stipend from your current school of enrollment.
The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation is recruiting for a Research Assistant to work with Senior Fellow Adam Neufeld. The position will begin in early September and will continue, ideally, through the end of January 2018. The position requires 5-10 hours/week and is paid, starting at $12.50/hr for undergraduate students and $15/hr for graduate students.
To apply, please send your resume to Matthew.Fortier@Georgetown.edu. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
- Developing case studies of how data is currently used in the public sector, and when and how the government uses private sector data;
- Conducting research on topics such as: Trends in amount and type of data being collected in private sector; Innovative methods of protecting privacy in data collection and analysis; Budget for statistical agencies; Security protections for federal data;
- Conducting and participating in interviews with a wide range of experts;
- Organizing (and possibly attending) trips to NYC and SF to talk with people about inter-sector data;
- Helping draft portions of report on the potential for inter-sector data;
- Helping organize and execute rollout of report.
Biography – Adam Neufeld
Over ten years, Adam Neufeld has worked in four government agencies as well as consulted with two others while at McKinsey & Co. As the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, he was the second highest official at the 11,500-employee agency with an approximately $25 billion annual budget. Adam joined GSA in the wake of management failures to reform an under-appreciated but critical government agency. At GSA, he was critical in charting the agency’s transformation over the past several years, playing a vital role in reorganizing and streamlining the agency, increasing efficiencies of government acquisition, and helping agencies transform their space into more efficient, mobile, open offices. He has also been at the forefront of the government’s efforts to bring innovative new approaches to the federal government including the Presidential Innovation Fellows and 18F (a group of coders and designers), a unit of behavioral scientists, and human resources reform.
Prior to joining GSA, Adam served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Management and Budget. In this position, he worked on efforts to improve government management and budgetary issues. His efforts included issues ranging from improper payments to personnel policy to performance management to customer service. In addition, he has worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., with a focus on serving the federal government.
Previously, he was an honors attorney at the Department of Labor working on trial, appellate and regulatory matters as well as a special assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. He is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.
Write With Us
Interested in contributing your voice to the Beeck Center blog? We would love to share your research, reflections and recommendations with our community to encourage, educate and empower our readers. Take a look at our editorial guidelines for more information on how to contribute.
Explore With Us
The Beeck Center’s signature student engagement program, GU Impacts, provides Georgetown University students experiential learning opportunities in the social sector within the U.S. and around the world. GU Impacts fellows participate in 10-week summer internships with cutting-edge organizations and social enterprises in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Convene with Us
The Beeck Center provides monetary and consulting support to a select number of on campus student-led convenings and events every year. To qualify for Beeck Center support, the event must follow an interactive format (think Hackathons, design challenges and competitions), be cross-disciplinary in terms of content and approach, be located either on campus or in the D.C. area, and must aim to address a systemic social or environmental challenge. If your convening matches this criteria, please complete this form and a member of the Beeck Center team will be in touch.