The Student Journey

The Student Journey

A training ground for social impact leaders.

From Georgetown students to industry leaders and everyone in-between, we are here to guide lifelong learners on their journeys in pursuit of a better world. 

Learn

Provide an understanding of the field and key tools to close the knowledge gap

Explore

Explore different aspects of social impact and create time for introspection and skill development

Act

Experience social impact in order to understand the tools and approaches in application, working with the Beeck Center and our partners across every sector

Partner

Partner with Beeck as an emergent or current thought leader and join the broader community committed to better outcomes

The LEAP Framework

The LEAP framework centers on our role as a cross-disciplinary, experiential hub that provides students with the opportunity to apply what they’re learning in the classroom to real-world problems.

The GU Impacts Fellowship

GU Impacts is the Beeck Center’s flagship experiential learning program, offering students the opportunity to engage directly in social impact work by working with one of our global impact partners, including for-profit, nonprofit, and public sector organizations.

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The Beeck Center has developed the Social Impact Navigator to help students understand the skills needed for effective social impact leadership.

How it Works

We pair students with cutting-edge thought leaders.

Being at Georgetown University gives us a front-row seat to:

  • Train students to be positive social change leaders in their future fields, whatever they might be
  • Collaborate in an environment where everyone learns from each other, irrespective of sector, experience, or background
  • Develop students and thought leaders alike within an experiential hub to drive leading-edge ecosystem solutions that can be scaled for lasting social impact
  • Interact with the lawmakers, policy-makers, and decision-makers who drive world political and societal agendas here in the nation's capital.

Student Journey: LEAP

The LEAP framework centers on the Beeck Center’s role as a cross-disciplinary, experiential hub that provides students with the opportunity to apply what they’re learning in the classroom to real-world problems as they hone their skills and build a community dedicated to social impact.

Learn

Find a topic that interests you.

We provide students an understanding of the field and key tools to close the knowledge gap. In the first stage of the LEAP journey, students LEARN more about a topic, such as impact investing or data management, to anchor their interest in social impact and innovation.

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Measuring Social Change

This February, the Beeck Center hosted author Alnoor Ebrahim to discuss his new book Measuring Social Change: Performance and Accountability in a Complex World. Nate Wong led the conversation exploring the challenges tracking performance toward reaching these worthy and lofty social goals.

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The Social Impact Navigator

Before jumping into a social impact position, it’s important to understand your motivations, your existing skills, and opportunities for growth. We have developed a self-assessment tool to aid anyone looking to move into this space. Our Student Analysts Casey Doherty and Forrest Gertin explain why we felt the need to create this

Explore

Dig deeper, develop your skills.

The next stage of the journey is to EXPLORE different aspects of social impact and make time for introspection and skill development. Students dig deeper into topics that interest them through a more hands-on, discussion-based workshop or course.

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Discern + Digest

Each week, students take a closer look at the world of social impact and their personal role in it. The discussions center on challenging questions that are meant to be a bit uncomfortable, and equip students with the mindset and skills necessary to become a successful 21st Century social impact leader. Moreover, by learning how to ask good questions, reflect, and discern, we build a community of critical thinkers, committed to social impact.

Act

Participate in the experiential aspects of social impact offered at the Beeck Center and beyond.

At this stage, students join in and ACT on their interests in social impact offered at the Beeck Center and beyond — including contributing to our day-to-day work as Student Analysts, experiencing social impact through working with one of our impact partners as a GU Impacts Fellow.

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GU Impacts Fellowship

GU Impacts is the Beeck Center’s flagship experiential learning program, offering students the opportunity to engage directly in social impact work by working with one of our global impact partners, including for-profit, nonprofit, and public sector organizations.

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Student Analyst Program

The Beeck Center’s Student Analyst program hires students for paid positions that directly support work in our three portfolios, including fair finance, data + digital, and student engagement. Student Analysts support all aspects of our work, from research and analysis to communications, operations, and programming. Students Analysts also participate in our Discern + Digest lunch series and a variety of skill development workshops. You can meet our great team of student analysts here.

Partner

Synthesize your experience to make a difference.

At the final stage of the LEAP journey, we invite our students to PARTNER with Beeck as an emergent or current thought leader and join the broader community committed to the common good. Beeck student alumni do this by working with us from their own social impact platform, from within organizations, or at the helm of a project or initiative. We integrate our own market-research, providing mentors from our incredible team of Fellows and leading initiatives on fair finance and data + digital.

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TEDx Georgetown

We’ve worked with a great collection of partners, and have many more planned for the future. From supporting groups like The Global Human Development Program, Africa Society of Georgetown, OWN IT, and the Center for Student Engagement, to sponsoring events such as TEDx Georgetown (where our own staff member Diana Acosta presented), and the Diamante Fashion Showcase, to partnering with the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown Tech and Society Initiative, McDonough School of Business, if you have an opportunity for students to learn and create a positive social impact, let’s talk.