Multiple position available. Students will conduct community research and create a social innovation plan to address a social issue of their choice in Washington D.C. Students will be supported as they fill out the GWUpstart application, which provides financial backing GW student ideas to deliver solutions through projects and initiatives in partnership with Washington, DC area organizations. Students in this position are required to identify a GW faculty advisor to meet with bi-weekly in order to see through the execution of this social innovation project. Students can view the general GWupstart application to get a sense of the innovation plan they will need to complete, go.gwu.edu/GWupstartApply.
Partner Organization: GWUpstart, Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service
GWupstart is GW's central hub for social innovation training, mentoring and funding. It builds on GW’s strength as an institution that fosters the next generation of citizen leaders. The Nashman Center defines social innovation as creative approaches to addressing social problems. All projects supported by GWupstart strive to be ethical, creative, systematic, sustainable and created in partnership with community organizations and the residents who will be affected by the project. Students will be encouraged to cultivate student-led social innovation projects by providing institutional support to individuals and organizations to carry out innovative, feasible community service programs and ideas.
Position Description and Tasks
- Identify a social issue that students would like to address with an innovative or enhancement project
- Research and collaborate with a community organization in order to find an appropriate approach to the social issue of choice in order to create a solution that will provide community members with long-term change
- Fill out the GWUpstart grant application for final approval prior to project execution
- Identify a faculty to serve as the faculty advisor for this project and meet with bi-weekly to provide feedback on the project research, planning and execution
- Students will be required to attend four social innovation training workshops (virtually) on Wednesday evenings that will provide additional support for project execution and peer collaboration
Changemaker spirit, willingness to listen and learn from community leaders and community members, open to feedback.