Every year, Penn Impact Lab brings together 25 emerging leaders across undergraduate and graduate schools. Students explore their passion and purpose, connect with a community of changemakers, and learn the leadership skills necessary to create positive social change.
The program kicks off on the coast of Nicaragua, where students dive into seven days of leadership development, design thinking for social innovation, community building, and entrepreneurship training.
When Fellows return from Nicaragua, we encourage students to enroll in a social entrepreneurship course online on Coursera with Dr. Peter Frumkin to complement their social impact and leadership experience in Nicaragua.
Back on campus, you’ll join an on-campus and global community of CSIS alumni with whom you’ll continue to learn, grow alongside, and change the world. CSIS encourages alumni to collaborate across programs, disciplines, and regions — with ongoing support and mentorship from the Center.
We’ll also provide you with tools, resources and techniques to help you carry out your own design research process and take your most powerful ideas to the next level explore your ideas further and deeper.
PIL is designed to help you explore your hunches, test your assumptions, ask difficult questions and encourage one another to see the world from a mindset of possibility.