Over 80% of sustainable development employers say that experience is the main quality lacking in candidates. Organizations (or NGO's) know that contextual factors can make or break impact-driven projects. Our Impact Academy is designed to address this need for practical hands-on experience through an intensive online program that you can combine with an optional international fieldwork component to be completed at the time of your choosing. Through the Impact Academy, you'll receive the theoretical training and practical experience necessary to transform a community or environment, through more effective project work.
Learning Format Online
Duration 4-16 Weeks *
Duration times can vary talk to your student success coach for more information.
Total Courses 8 Courses
Gain an understanding of real-world development or conservation strategies
Ways in which external factors affect initiatives, methods for how to identify the risks, and tips for preventing or managing them to ensure successful implementation
Benefit from exposure to a broad range of organizations through experiential learning opportunities
Methods to prepare for a job search in development through mock interviews, portfolio reviews, recruiting, soft-skills training, and more
The Impact Academy program provides insight into on-the-ground realities of sustainable development. You can either complete only the online coursework, or you can combine the online coursework with international fieldwork to be completed at a later date.
Online courses - Develop practical skills and learn how to apply unique frameworks, as you work through the eight online courses of the program. Our online courses integrate video lectures and interviews, practical tool kits and frameworks, as well as self-assessments and project assignments. There are also opportunities for collaborative learning through discussion forums and webinars.
International fieldwork - Gain unique experience in global development through an intense series of masterclasses, site visits, fieldwork, and a final project with an organizational partner.
This program can be completed entirely online. Fieldwork is optional and can be completed at a later date.
Online Courses - 80 hours
Eight courses covering context, analysis and practice, and best practices and innovation in the selected subject area.
Context Analysis and Practice
Subject Area Foundations
Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation
Communication and Advocacy
Project Management and Delivery
Finance and Fundraising
Best Practices and Innovation
International Fieldwork - 160 hours
Five Speaker Masterclasses
Five Site Visits
One Final Project
Post-baccalaureate or postgraduate students seeking a career in sustainable development.
Students must have between 5 hours (part-time learning) and 40 hours (full-time learning) per week to spare for online coursework. The ability to travel is necessary for the optional fieldwork component.
Impact AcademyThe Impact Bootcamp provides insight into the on-the-ground realities of sustainable development.
Impact Academy: Immersion MasterclassEach student in the Impact Bootcamp will undertake an international field trip to conduct research with an organization in a low and middle-income country, gaining firsthand experience of the diverse range of issues faced by different communities worldwide.
Choose your Favorite from Elective, One is Required
Impact Academy: Community Economic DevelopmentCommunity Economic Development Introduction is an introductory course that focuses on three broad competencies: understanding key concepts, analyzing ecosystems, and explaining key issues.
Impact Academy: Global Public HealthGlobal Public Health Introduction is an introductory course that focuses on three broad competencies: understanding key concepts, analyzing ecosystems, and explaining key issues.
Impact Academy: Marine ConservationMarine Conservation Introduction is an introductory course that focuses on three broad competencies: understanding key concepts, analyzing ecosystems, and explaining key issues.