Experiential Learning

Triple ImpactThe flagship approach of the Center for Social Value Creation is experiential learning. Through semester-long engagements students sharpen critical thinking and teamwork skills while enhancing their resumes. They consult with business organizations, pitch ideas to start companies, and travel abroad to work in developing economies.


The Social Innovation Fellows Program teaches undergraduate students to recognize opportunities that arise from social and environmental issues. This is an interactive practicum experience that includes an optional internship and co-curricular programming aimed at developing skills in the areas of sustainability, social enterprise/entrepreneurship, impact investing, marketing, and new media. Students leave the program with a deep understanding of how to apply their business skills toward issues of social and environmental importance. To learn more and to apply, visit the Social Innovation Fellows Program page.


Beginning in the spring semester of an MBA student’s first year a six credit experiential consulting opportunity is available. In the area of social value creation students may elect to participate in the Sustainable Systems Practicum or the Social Venture Practicum. To learn more about these courses, visit our Course Listings page.


The Center for Social Value Creation has partnered with Grassroots.org, harnessing the expertise and enthusiasm of students from across the country to benefit nonprofit organizations. With support from Make Change! Trust and led by the University of Maryland, the ChangeTheWorld.org Consulting Program matches talented undergraduate and graduate students with nonprofits around the country, combining capacity-building consulting services with hands-on learning experiences. The ChangeTheWorld.org program is an extracurricular, resume-building, non-credit offering for all students. Learn more about becoming a Change The World consultant at ChangeTheWorld.org.


Innovation Fridays is a campus-wide effort to foster innovation and entrepreneurship across the UMD campus. Every Friday during the Fall and Spring semester Social Entrepreneurs in Residence (SEIRs) and staff from the Center for Social Value Creation will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to offer expert feedback to students who wish to pitch their social impact business ideas. Stop by and share your ideas! Second Floor, Mckeldin Libary beginning in September.


The center is pleased to offer unique opportunities for social change around the world, including projects in developing countries like Burkina Faso, Honduras and Ethiopia. Through partnerships with the Smith School’s Office of Global Initiatives, the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), and Engineers without Borders, you will gain academic credit while developing innovative business skills. For information on upcoming Group Field Projects, email Valerie Mahar, vmahar@rhsmith.umd.edu.


By generating and supporting community-based, self-sustaining small businesses, the Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) has proven remarkably effective in combating third-world poverty. This unique eight-week study abroad and internship program enables UMD students to learn the basic principles of social entrepreneurship through lectures, discussions, and hands-on, practical experience as they work side-by-side with SEC professionals developing micro-consignment businesses. Summer 2014 SEC opportunities will be available soon. Check back here in the next couple months or email us for more information. Watch Video.