Make the world a better place – more effectively

Receive the theoretical training and practical experience necessary to transform a community or environment through more effective project work. Delivered in two parts — online and then an optional in-country program — UNC Charlotte Impact Academy answers the need of purpose-driven organizations: to recruit employees with a deep understanding of best practices, context and practicalities.

Our goal: Every graduate builds a long and successful career creating positive change.

UNC Charlotte Impact Academy is offering a digital program

Start date: November 1st

UNC Charlotte Impact Academy is offering a digital program

Beginning November 1st, you can complete the UNC Charlotte 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.

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Our program

Flexible formats, personalized support

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Part 1

Online course

Foundations of effective projects, understanding project context.

Choose one of three formats
Full time

2 weeks | 40 hours per week

Standard

8 weeks | 10 hours per week

Part time

16 weeks | 5 hours per week

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Part 2

International fieldwork

Concentrated experiences of over 11 locations worldwide.

Choose one of two formats
Accelerated

2 weeks | 50 hours per week

Standard

4 weeks | 40 hours per week

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Why pursue an Impact Academy program?

A UNC Charlotte Impact Academy program provides you with exactly what you need to quickly advance your career and make a direct impact in the field of sustainable development.

High demand from employers

Employers want candidates with real-world, practical insight into the on-the-ground realities

Start your impact-driven career

Network with international organizations and gain access to 10,000+ jobs

Hands-on
experience

Gain hands-on experience in 11 different locations.

Build your
resume

Use the 11 concentrated experiences to boost your resume and acquire case study examples for future interviews

Start your impact career

Need career advice?

Book a chat with one of our career coaches

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Our career coaches specialize in guiding professionals in the sustainability and conservation sectors toward career success.

We believe you deserve a meaningful career, which is why this service is completely free.

Simply apply to secure two complimentary half-hour career coach sessions.

Spots are limited, so don't delay.

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Wildlife Conservation

Learn from experts in wildlife conservation and find out what makes wildlife conservation efforts successful in the field.
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Environmental and Corporate Sustainability

Acquire the knowledge and skills to succeed in an impactful career in sustainability, where you’ll analyze the best methods for preserving the environment for the future.
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Global Public Health

Procure insight into the practical realities of working to advance healthcare, and learn to deliver successful healthcare programs on the ground.
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Human Rights and Access to Justice

From human rights to gender equality to sociology, learn to apply development theories on the ground. Gain the experience needed to advance peace and justice globally.
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Marine Conservation

Learn the skills needed to kickstart your career in marine conservation and discover more about the methods used to help preserve ocean habitats.
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Education for Development

Deepen your understanding of educational principles and practices, and increase your potential for career development in organizations engaged with global education issues.
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Climate Crisis and Clean Energy

Empower yourself for a career that engages with the global climate emergency and obtain a deeper understanding of carbon emissions, energy consumption and other factors.
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Social Economic Development

Explore different approaches used across the world to stimulate local economic activity.

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