Students come to Georgetown McDonough School of Business because they want to apply business practices and skills to make a profit and solve the world’s most pressing problems.
Beyond the Certificate in Sustainable Business and other academic coursework, Business for Impact students emerge from their Georgetown tenure having transformative experiences through practical hands-on and integrative learning opportunities.
Every academic year, students apply and are chosen as Impact Scholars, who are then designated as Corporate Impact Scholars or Rural Opportunity Initiative Scholars, who work under the guidance of Entrepreneur in Residence, Matt McKenna. These students create a community of current and future business leaders invested in impact investing and rural America.
Impact Scholars understand the complex social, economic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century. They gain hands-on experience by engaging in externships with corporate, non-profit and government leaders, while conducting research and analysis on best practices in the impact world, or key industry, technical or policy issues critical to rural development in the United States.