The Student Journey

A training ground for students

We equip future global leaders with the tools and approaches to further the common good. 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. We use a four-step framework called LEAP.


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


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


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


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

How it Works

We pair students with cutting-edge thought leaders.

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

  • Preparing students to be positive social change leaders in their future fields, whatever they might be
  • A collaborative environment where everyone learns from each other irrespective of sector, experience, and background
  • Giving students and thought leaders alike an experiential hub to drive leading-edge solutions that can be scaled for lasting social impact

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.


Find a topic that interests you.

We provide students with an understanding of the field and key tools to close the knowledge gap. In the first stage of the LEAP journey, students are introduced to a topic, such as impact investing or blockchain, to anchor their interest in social impact and innovation.


Winners Take All

In September 2018, the Beeck Center hosted author Anand Giridharadas to discuss his new book Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Executive Director Sonal Shah led the conversation and invited students to join the author on stage to ask questions as well. This was a controversial topic touching on philanthropy, social good, policy, and wealth.


Dig deeper, develop your skills.

The next stage of the journey is to Explore different aspects of social impact and to 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.


Discern + Digest

The mission of the Discern + Digest series is to help students explore the topic of social impact and their personal role in the space, through learning how to ask good questions, how to reflect, and how to discern.

The discussions will serve to equip students with the mindsets and skills necessary to become a successful 21st Century social impact leader. Moreover, the discussion series will help build a community of deep, critical thinkers, committed to social impact.


Now it’s time to put your skills into practice.

At this stage, students participate in the experiential aspects of social impact offered at Beeck and beyond—including contributing to Beeck’s day-to-day work as Student Analysts and experiencing social impact through working with one of our impact partners as a GU Impacts Fellow.


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.


Student Analyst Program

The Beeck Center’s Student Analyst program invites students to paid positions that directly support work in our portfolio. In addition to conducting research and analysis, student analysts support our Center’s communications and operations.


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 finance, data, and civic voice.



The Beeck Center is proud to be partnering with Plan-It Earth, a team of students dedicated to protecting our environment through inspiring innovative ideas and projects. This Spring, Plan-It Earth and the Beeck Center will be hosting a 2-day ideathon that will ask student participants to ideate tech-enabled solutions that promote the link between environmental protection and economic growth. The ideathon will take place on April 12 and 13, in Reiss 112 and Fisher Colloquium, respectively. Interested applicants should apply here.