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Consulting Program

The Social Enterprise Program aims to make a positive contribution to the practice of social entrepreneurship throughout the world.

• It does this by providing graduate-level education to carefully selected students who show promise to be the leaders and major contributors to the future development of this field.

• It also directly serves the social entrepreneurship community by assisting start-up and established enterprises through its Consulting Program. 

Lowering the wall between the campus and the real world 

This assistance is provided through consulting projects staffed by Social Enterprise graduate students and supervised by university faculty. Students’ work on these projects is a central part of the experiential learning component of our curriculum, and is integrated with their coursework. Some of these consulting assignments were part of the student’s initial immersion experience into the Program (“the Plunge”), others were done for their Capstone Practicum Project. In addition to benefiting clients, consulting projects teach students key skills essential to their careers in social enterprise: 

• Diagnosing a problem 

• Benchmarking ways other organizations have solved similar issues 

• Planning and executing projects on a tight schedule

• Operating effectively in a team 

• Drawing on other’s knowledge and resources 

• Developing creative solutions 

• Creating a realistic implementation plan 

• Earning trust and managing client relationships 

• Selling ideas 

 

Clients 

Organizations served include NGOs, for-profit businesses, and social enterprises: 

100k Strong 

ACCESS Health Worldwide 

Case Foundation 

Cause-the Philanthropub 

City Blossoms 

Compass Partners 

Dreaming Out Loud 

Empowered Women International 

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves 

Grameen Caldas 

Grameen Foundation 

Handicap International 

Heartbeat

Honest Tea 

Mi Casa 

Mission Launch Inc 

New Rules for Global Finance

OXFAM 

Partners of the Americas 

Partners for Tunisian Development 

Pepa 

Snack Packers 

Solimar International

United to End Genocide 

US-Mexico Foundation 

World Vision 

 

Quals

For more detailed information about these projects, how they were approached, and what results were achieved for each client, please download a copy of our consulting quals (PDF).

Quals

For more detailed information about these projects, how they were approached, and what results were achieved for each client, please download a copy of our consulting quals.

Download (PDF)


CONTACT US

Interested in working with our students and faculty? 

Send us your inquiry at: socialenterprise@american.edu