Executive Master of Professional Studies in Global Strategic Communications

Center for Social Impact Communication

Elevating Social Impact through Communications

Brands and organizations across sectors have an increasing role to play in addressing the world’s most pressing social issues—and to engage their stakeholders and supporters to join in their efforts. This has created the need for a new kind of communicator: one who is guided by ethics, who takes a strategic approach to using all of today’s tools and who is passionate about using his or her skills to have an impact on the world.

Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC) is the nation’s leading educational resource on the role of communication in fostering social change. CSIC conducts research that sets the standards of practice and helps define the role of a responsible communicator within the industry, hosts unique engagement opportunities for students interested in social impact and infuses its applied research findings into curriculum for custom and executive education courses as well as special courses in the GSC program.  

Launched in 2008, CSIC aims to elevate the discipline by pioneering industry standards in responsible communication practices and by educating and inspiring professionals of all levels to lead the way in creating positive social impact through their work. The Center’s work and philosophy is fully integrated into all four of Georgetown’s professional communications master’s degrees. 

CSIC Benefits

The opportunity to work with CSIC is a key benefit of the GSC program. The Center provides students—and the larger social impact communication community—with many strategic advantages:

  • Informs the program’s curriculum and coursework in classes like Cause Consulting on emerging trends and insights.
  • Conducts and publishes industry-leading applied research on topics like strategic storytelling for nonprofits and corporate social responsibility (CSR).
  • Establishes student leadership opportunities in nonprofit and CSR topics via applied projects with real clients.
  • Offers selective research assistant opportunities with the Center and its partners.
  • Conducts programs, training and workshop sessions with social impact focused organizations across all sectors and sizes through custom and executive education offerings.

Get Involved with CSIC

Admitted GSC students can get involved with CSIC in the following ways: 

  • Become a research assistant.
  • Serve as a social impact blog writer or editor.
  • Attend weekly office hours to get advice on careers in the CSR and nonprofit fields and/or class selection.
  • Attend panel discussions and networking opportunities with social impact professionals.

Learn More

To find out more about CSIC’s resources and opportunities:


“The leadership and learning opportunities I had with CSIC were among the most valuable educational experiences at Georgetown University. From organizing student activities to working directly with nonprofit clients in the Cause Consulting course, I gained the hands-on experience and know-how I needed to take my career to the next level and to secure my current job in social impact communications. Getting involved with CSIC is an excellent option for students who want to use their skills for social good.”
Jill Fisher  (’14)
Senior Account Executive
Weber Shandwick

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