Innovating for Social Impact - ENGAGE REQUIREMENTS

WHAT: Intern or work closely for one or two semesters with a partner organization on a real-world project addressing a sustainable communities challenge in Atlanta (on or off campus) or abroad. The goal of this experience is to learn about the challenge from partners who have been working to address it in innovative ways for many years. The work is complemented by learning and critical reflection through a GT course or SLS seminar.

 

HOW: There are four ways to complete this component:

  1. Intern for one semester with an organization working on issues related to sustainable communities and simultaneously enroll in the SLS Innovating for Social Change seminar (audit credit or non-credit). You may apply for the SLS Internship Program, which offers both paid and unpaid, part- and full-time internships, or find your own internship and enroll separately in the SLS seminar. The seminar meets one evening every other week for two hours. It is run by SLS staff and has two purposes: a) Introduce students to theories of grassroots sustainability innovation, and b) Provide students with an opportunity to reflect on their internship experiences with each other and SLS.

  2. Study abroad on the Leadership for Social Good Summer Study Abroad Program in Central and Eastern Europe, run by the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, which includes three courses, one of which is a six-week internship with a social enterprise. Note that this program fulfills both the ENGAGE and LEARN requirements.

  3. Take a one-semester GT course that includes an in-depth, semester-long project with a community partner - and simultaneously enroll in the SLS Innovating for Social Impact seminar (see #1 above). Here are some examples of SLS Affiliated Courses offered regularly that meet these criteria and will be automatically approved to fulfill the Learn requirement if they are taught by the instructor listed in parentheses. Students may also submit other courses for approval by SLS - either SLS-affiliated or not.

  4. Take two semesters or more of a Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) totaling at least three credits - and enroll in the SLS Innovating for Social Impact seminar (see #1 above) for one of these semesters. The VIP must center on an in-depth, long-term project with a community partner. The following SLS-affiliated VIPs meet these criteria and will be automatically approved to fulfill the Learn requirement. Students may also submit other VIPs for approval by SLS - either SLS-affiliated or not.