The GU Impacts Fellowship

Make an Impact.

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.

Program Summary

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.

Partners matter.

We create diverse partnerships with common missions to create social impact at the local level. Our ten partners are located in eight different countries and include non-profit, NGO, and corporate organizations, proving that impact can be created in all sectors. Having diverse projects ensures any student can get involved with social impact no matter their interests. Projects include community engagement, disability advocacy, eco-tourism, entrepreneurship, women's empowerment, and more. 

Akazi Kanoza Access (AKA)

Kigali, Rwanda • Non-Governmental
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.
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Agora Partnerships

Multiple Locations • Nonprofit

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. Agora’s offices are located in several Latin American cities: Managua, Nicaragua; Santiago, Chile; Bogota, Colombia; Mexico City, Mexico.

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Center for Civic Innovation (CCI)

Atlanta, Georgia • Nonprofit

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.

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El Nido Resorts (ENR)

Palawan, Phillippines • Corporate

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.

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Federal City Council (FC2)

Washington, DC, USA • Private Nonprofit

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.

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Gashora Girls Academy for Science & Technology (GGAST)

Gashora, Rwanda • Nonprofit

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.

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Kunde Social Cafe

Astana, Kazakhstan • Non-Governmental

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.

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Mann Deshi Foundation and Mann Deshi Bank

Mhaswad, India • Non-Governmental

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.

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Women for Women International (WfWi)

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina • Nonprofit

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.

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Yanbal International

Lima, Peru • Corporate

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.

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GU Impacts Fellows

The next generation of social impact leaders.

Our GU Impacts fellows work on meaningful projects implemented on the ground. Students return to campus with new mentors, new ideas, and new passions. We work intentionally with each of our alumni to help them continue their social impact journey -- whether that be through their classes, careers, or personal lives. 

Past fellows discuss how GU Impacts enhances leadership skills.

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

Past fellows discuss their motivations for joining the GU Impacts cohort.


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.


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 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.


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.

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.

How to Apply

Applications for 2019 are now closed.

In the meantime, sign up here to stay connected with us.