Graduate Consulting Group (GCG)
The Graduate Consulting Group (GCG), founded by Woodrow Wilson School graduate students, allows graduate students to gain practical experience related to their course of study through the provision of pro bono consulting services principally to non-profit and community-based organizations, both locally and internationally.
The GCG is a formal operating arm of the Woodrow Wilson Action Committee (WWAC). The organization is made up of students committed to participating in pro bono short-term consulting projects throughout the academic year and managed by a graduate student acting as the GCG Representative.
The GCG Representative and membership reach out to potential clients through advisors, the WWS Career Services Office, faculty, alumni, summer internship contacts, and existing personal networks. Potential clients submit their proposals to the GCG and are selected as a function of student interest and capacity to provide the requested services. Projects can be submitted and undertaken on a rolling basis. Most projects are completed in one semester, but may take longer if necessary.
The focus of GCG projects may change from year-to-year depending on student and client interest and capacity. During the academic year 2011-2012, GCG teams will work on a number of projects including monitoring and evaluation, microfinance and entrepreneurship, best practices for public organizations, and charter school development.