Join the Next Class of Pivot Fellows!

Applications for the Pivot Program class of 2022 are now closed.

Why Pivot?

The Pivot Program is an opportunity for formerly incarcerated people to advance their careers and pursue their passion for business, entrepreneurship, and education. Graduates from the program earn a certificate in business and entrepreneurship from Georgetown University and gain professional work experience.

Participants take classes with Georgetown faculty, work in internships in local businesses and nonprofits, and have access to business coaches at the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies at Mt. Vernon Square in Washington, D.C. Our entrepreneurship curriculum combines training in business fundamentals, like accounting, marketing and strategy, with technical and communications skills.

The program is designed to prepare graduates for a range of outcomes: professional employment, owning their own businesses, and continuing their education.

“Once I entered the classroom, I knew there was no turning back. I was finally in the company of like-minded individuals who all wanted change.”

Antonio Arnett, Pivot Class of 2020

What to Expect

The Pivot Program is a full-time commitment, which requires Fellows to be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Given these expectations, Pivot Program Fellows will receive a weekly stipend to support themselves for the duration of the program. Most classes will be held at the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies building.

The curriculum provides both training in the fundamentals of business and entrepreneurship, as well as general knowledge and liberal arts courses (literature, economics, philosophy, and civic engagement). The program also includes modules on professional and life skills, such as personal finance, career planning, business communications and business etiquette, public speaking, self-advocacy, and conflict resolution.

While fellows are not required to start a business, they are taught how to adopt and apply an entrepreneurial mindset to whatever their career goals are.

Pivot graduate Victoria Hunt receives her certificate.