The Center for Business, Government & Society provides ample opportunities for applied and integrative learning. These transformative experiences enable students to immerse themselves in issues of interest at the intersection of business, government and society during their time at Tuck, while also serving as points of access to the broader world.
Allwin Community Outreach Day happens annually during first-year orientation when members of the entering class devote a half day to share ideas on an organizational challenge for nonprofits in the local area. In this way, all incoming Tuck students engage with and contribute to the social sector in their community immediately upon their arrival at Tuck, developing an early appreciation for the opportunity and responsibility of business leaders to serve as civic leaders. The nonprofit organizations benefit from practical, timely business advice from the Tuck team that they can continue to develop and implement, improving their programs and organizations for greater social impact. The day culminates with a dinner where a prominent guest shares personal views on the power of individuals to make a difference in a community and the world.
Listen to Vermont Public Radio's coverage of how a group of Tuck students explored different solutions to a major problem facing LISTEN, a local nonprofit thrift store in White River Junction.
The many fellows programs enhance the academic experience through research and experiential learning opportunities and high-quality engagements with external thought leaders to identify career pathways and develop scholarship on issues that intersect business, government & society.
- Tuck Social Venture Fund (TSVF) is an experiential learning program in impact investing where students have the opportunity to make direct investments in mission-oriented businesses with the potential to make a venture-like financial return. TSVF invests in enterprises with attractive risk-adjusted financial returns and a measurable social impact. In collaboration with the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship, CBG&S advises and supports the student-led TSVF
- MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT) is an experiential lab designed to give students at business and graduate schools a hands-on education in impact investing. At the beginning of the academic year, Tuck students will form teams to source and conduct diligence on early stage impact investments. Students then participate in training modules around impact investing before competing on campus against other Tuck student teams. The winning team will proceed to the final competition against other leading business schools where they will present recommendations to a judging committee composed of industry leaders for a potential investment of up to $50,000.
Tuck Builds was developed by a Tuck student and is run each year by second-year students with support from the Center for Business, Government & Society. This pre-term program is for incoming Tuck students and approximately 30 students volunteer for three local nonprofit organizations over the course of five days. Volunteer services include building projects for low-income communities and trails development and maintenance for public use. Evening programs with faculty, alumni, and community leaders focus on the issues affecting the community, key topics in community engagement, and pathways for becoming the difference in one’s local community.
First-Year Project (FYP)
Tuck's core curriculum provides a solid foundation in management, quantitative skills, and leadership. The First-Year Project takes the learning experience outside the classroom. Local nonprofit organizations may propose a project of strategic importance in areas including marketing, finance, and business development for a team of 5 Tuck students to work on in the spring of their first year. Collectively, students contribute 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. Participating organizations receive thorough analysis and actionable recommendations. Past students have embarked upon various social sector and nonprofit FYPs to work on projects at the intersection of business, government and society. Projects included:
On-Site Global Consulting (On-Site)
OnSite Global Consulting (OnSite) is a second-year MBA elective course, operated through TuckGO, that offers professional quality consulting services to a host of worldwide clients and an extraordinary experiential learning opportunity for students. OnSite provides an entry point into real-time industry experience while serving organizations and nonprofits that do not have sufficient resources to address important initiatives. Past projects have included:
- The Sustainable Preservation Institute (SPI), a New York based nonprofit organization, asked Tuck to conduct a feasibility study and create a potential entry strategy into the country of Jordan. The Tuck team of 7 students and Professor John Vogel examined 35 archeological sites and conducted interviews with tour operators, NGOs, public officials, and tourists. The team ranked the sites via a newly created scorecard and recommended which ones SPI should pursue.
- The Vaclav Havel library named for the former Czech president was one of the client organizations involved with the Tuck Global Consultancy in Prague. A team of 7 second-year students and Allwin Initiative executive director, Pat Palmiotto, spent 3 weeks in the Czech Republic to gather data and provide recommendations on a wide range of complex philanthropic and organizational challenges aimed at rebuilding open dialogue which had been suppressed for decades under Communist rule.
Global Insight Expedition
Global Insight Expeditions (GIXs) bring together students and faculty in experiential courses that take place around the world. The aim of GIXs is to help prepare students to lead across cultures by immersing them in a new country. Each begins with classroom sessions on Tuck’s campus. Students then spend March break traveling with a faculty member in a country outside the U.S. During travel, students interact with corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, nonprofits, governments, and local people from different walks of life. After the travel period, students complete a course project. Upcoming programs:
- TuckGO and the Center for Business, Government & Society are partnering for a course in Mississippi taught by professors Andrew King and Emily Blanchard, conceived by center fellow Thomas Allin T'17.
Spending a term overseas allows students to gain knowledge of a different culture’s educational and business environment while enhancing their understanding of global business issues. Tuck's exchange partners are selected based on their reputations for excellence and their fit with the Tuck MBA curriculum, structure, and academic calendar.
More Experiential Learning
Please see Programs & Events, Student Organizations, and Research & Scholarship for additional student programs and experiential learning opportunities. For additional volunteer opportunities in the Upper Valley, connect with the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact.