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Principled Leaders with proximity to problems

We develop next-generation systems thinkers and problem solvers through both coursework and hands-on experiences including global travel modules, consulting projects, mentorship, fellowships, and student clubs & activities.

The Business & Society Institute's Social Enterprise Fellows Program recognizes undergraduate and graduate students demonstrating both a deep interest in social enterprise and commitment to Institute’s core focus areas. Fellows access hands-on education, exposure and experiences to develop their capabilities as next generation social impact leaders in a variety of careers and industries.

Program Benefits

  • Career coaching and mentorship through Executives in Residence and faculty/staff
  • Cohort-based learn events and activities
  • Membership to Atlanta's Center for Civic Innovation
  • $500 annual stipend to offset the cost of attending a social enterprise related conference, event, or social impact focused global travel module
  • Opportunity to apply for summer or post-grad internship stipend funds (up to $5,000)

Application Information

Prospective students applying to the One-Year MBA or Two-Year MBA should complete Social Enterprise Fellows application which includes two short essays. Current BBA or MBA students should apply through our annual application process which takes place each September.

Fellowship Application

Current Student Inquiry

Business & Society Courses

What is a corporation? How do corporations maintain legitimacy, acquire resources, and build partnerships as they create, confront, and sometimes attempt to solve complex global problems? This course is about the corporation in global society, including its culpabilities, responsibilities, and possibilities.

Professor Wes Longhofer

This course surveys the evolving role that nonprofit organizations and their leaders (both management and board of directors) play in delivering social impact through a blend of academic content including traditional case examples, emerging business model frameworks, and guest lecturers from nonprofit leaders.

Brian Goebel

Randy Martin

This course is designed for the undergraduate business student who wants to examine the impact(s) that business and markets have (and might have) in an important and pervasive industry sectors. The course is also open to non-business students who want to explore their perspectives on how culture and society merge with current and potential business and market practices. 

Students that complete the course are eligible to apply to participate in a follow-on directed study which provides an opportunity to work directly with specialty coffee farmers in Latin America via one of the Grounds for Empowerment workshops.

Professor Peter Roberts

This directed study course examines specialty coffee markets and how improved business acumen can empower coffee farmers that work at origin in Guatemala. Students will read and discuss topics related to specialty coffee, storytelling and financial planning. As they become familiar with these topics, students will also learn about the specific Grounds for Empowerment Learning Modules.

During the 3-day workshop in Latin America, students will engage with the Grounds for Empowerment team by facilitating each module, supporting mentors, and guiding farmers through various exercises. Post-workshop, students will help complete the workshop deliverables including farm stories, financial analyses, and seed grant applications. Read more in Impact Report.

Professor Peter Roberts

This trip is designed for Full-Time MBA and Evening MBA students and explores coffee farms and their communities (including cooperatives), visit social enterprises / social entrepreneurs, tour colonial cities, and participate in outdoor adventure activities (volcano hikes and more). MBA students receive course credit and can enroll through their program office.

Giselle Barrera

Professor Peter Roberts

Social enterprises are mission-driven organizations that trade in goods or services for some defined social purpose. At times, the profits from a business are used to support a specific social goal. Other times, the organization itself accomplishes a defined social aim through its own operations. This class discusses the evolving role played by the social enterprise in the context of changes in both the private and government sectors along with the core group of “investors” that fund such enterprises.

Professor Peter Roberts

This experiential course which is part of Philanthropy Lab National Network introduces undergraduate students to the role of philanthropy in solving public problems, particularly with regard to inequality and urban development in Atlanta. Students put learning into action by making $50K-$75K in philanthropic grant investments in Atlanta area nonprofit organizations working to tackle inequity. See syllabus.  See sample grant application.

Brian Goebel

Tene Traylor

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