Service to Others
Curriculum in Service
Our school’s value of service to others is woven throughout all aspects of the MBA Programs. Beginning with MBA Orientation, you will participate in Service Day – an initiative to conduct volunteer projects in our local community. Our coursework further reinforces principles of service and ethics through classes like Consulting Clinic – where you are matched with consulting projects at local small businesses and nonprofits – and Principled Leadership in Business and Society.
Clubs: MBA Volunteers, Net Impact, and other student organizations coordinate opportunities for you to become involved with the local and global community. From serving as a Board Fellow with local nonprofits to raising money for the international justice mission, you’ll have the opportunity to make an impact.
Month of Volunteerism: This monthlong event highlights Georgetown’s service ethic of women and men for others. Each November, Georgetown McDonough students compete to see which cohort can volunteer the most hours at nearly 100 different events. The winning cohort donates $1,000 to the charity of their choice. Since its creation in 2011, students have volunteered nearly 3,000 hours and served more than 60 organizations.
Service Treks: MBA students volunteer to give back in D.C. and around the world. In fall 2016, MBA students went to Guanajuato, Mexico, to help at Casa de los Angeles, a daycare center for orphans and children of single mothers. The students assisted the teachers by feeding, cleaning, and playing with the children and teaching them how to walk. “We left with new friends and a new perspective on Mexico. Most importantly we left with the children we worked with forever in our hearts and memories,” said John Wenstrand (MBA’16).
At graduation, we honor those who have demonstrated a commitment of service to others through the Community Fellows Program. Those students who have devoted at least 100 hours of community service during their MBA studies are designated as Community Fellows and are honored at an end-of-the-year celebration, as well as recognition at Commencement. In 2017, a total of 199 graduating MBA students submitted community service hours — a 14% increase over the previous year — for a total of 6,214 hours logged by the MBA classes. Nineteen students were recognized as Community Fellows.