University of Southern California

What We Do

The USC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL) provides opportunities for USC students, faculty, and other individuals to use business principles to solve world problems. Through education, programs, events, and career development, we inspire the next generation of enlightened business leaders and social entrepreneurs.

Our Approach

Student programs Through fellowships, mentoring and support for student organizations, the Brittingham Lab prepares the next generation of business leaders to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.

Coursework. Affiliated faculty of The Brittingham Lab teach undergraduate and graduate courses in social entrepreneurship, impact investing, human-centered design, marketing management and venture initiation. USC undergraduates can minor in social entrepreneurship. To equip students to play effective leadership roles in this expanding arena, we offer the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Business. The certificate prepares students to shape solutions to social and environmental sustainability challenges, both from within and from outside the business sector.

Events. The Brittingham Lab hosts monthly luncheons and speaker events to teach students about best practices in social responsibility and social entrepreneurship. These events are often held in conjunction with other USC departments and student organizations.

Career development. The Brittingham Lab provides mentoring and career counseling for students who are serious about using their business degrees to change the world, including subsidies for students who intern at non-profits.