The UC Irvine Impact Academy program provides insight into on-the-ground realities of sustainable development.
The program answers the need expressed by employers in purpose-driven organizations: that candidates gain first-hand experience of the cultural, political, logistical and economic issues that impede development.
The UC Irvine Impact Academy is powered by GVI, an experiential education organization that has been in operation for over 20 years. Guided by the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the development goals of local communities, its programs seek to address the greatest challenges in development today.
UC Irvine Impact Academy is offering a digital program
Beginning June 1st, you can complete the UC Irvine Impact Academy program, online! You can finish the online component only, with no requirement to book or complete your international fieldwork, though we encourage the fieldwork component once it is safe to travel. We’re offering you total flexibility.
Develop practical skills and learn how to apply unique frameworks, as you work through the eight online courses in the program. Our online courses integrate video lectures and interviews, practical toolkits and frameworks, as well as self-assessments and project assignments. There are also opportunities for collaborative learning through discussion forums and webinars.
How you will advance
The following courses contribute to your learning journey prior to your international fieldwork.
Gain unique and valuable experience in global development through an in depth series of masterclasses, site visits, fieldwork, and a final project with an organizational partner.
Due to COVID-19, travel is not compulsory on the UC Irvine program and international fieldwork is optional. Should you still wish to travel, with our international standards of health and safety, you can continue to make a positive impact in the world and pursue the causes you’re passionate about. In order to do this, we have put in place new and extensive procedures and protocols that will help us to ensure a safe experience for all and to help reassure our students about travelling during and after COVID-19.
What you will learn
- You will learn that the success of development or conservation initiatives is determined by how well the realities on the ground are understood and managed.
- You will see first-hand how external factors affect initiatives, how to identify the risks and how to prevent or manage them to ensure successful implementation.
- You take part in experiential learning opportunities across a broad range of organizations.
- You gain access to career services including mock interviews, portfolio reviews, recruiting, soft-skills training and more to help ensure they are successful in the job search.
Want to know more about our curriculum?
Join a webinar. It’s absolutely free. Senior members of our team will discuss how our curriculum was developed to provide candidates with the specific competencies required by employers in the sustainable development and conservation sectors.