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Social Impact

People who work in social impact come from a range of educational and professional backgrounds and you can find social impact careers in almost all industries. Following your interests and honing skills, both technical and non-technical, can lead you to finding a mission-driven, social impact-oriented career in your field and job of choice. These jobs make a positive impact in the world and address a number of social issues.

Some MIT alumni work in a:

  • Traditional job in a social impact-oriented company
    • Science Program Officer at the Kavli Foundation (Bachelor’s of Biology Alumni)

    • Innovation Lead and Design Thinker at the World Economic Forum (Master’s of Engineering and Management Alumni)

    • Assistant Director of Development Communications and Marketing at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (PhD of Linguistics Alumni)

  • Social impact-oriented job in a traditional company
    • Environmental Consultant at Ramboll (Bachelor’s of Environmental Engineering Science Alumni)

    • Social Business Manager/Consultant at SC Johnson (Master’s of Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management and Master’s of Business Administration Alumni)

    • Assistant Professor of Social and Computer Science at Olin College of Engineering (PhD of Media Arts and Sciences Alumni)

  • Social impact-oriented job in a social impact-oriented company
    • Environmental Analyst at Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Bachelor’s of Materials Science and Engineering Alumni)

    • Foreign Service Officer – Crisis, Stabilization and Governance at USAID (Master’s of International Development and City Planning Alumni)

    • Radiology Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital (Bachelor’s of Physics and PhD of Medical Physics and Medical Engineering Alumni)

The laws of physics and the physics of law

Obiageli Nwodoh ’21 repurposed her STEM skills to pave a pre-law path at MIT and pursue social justice.

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How to find jobs and internships with social impact

If you’re looking for a mission-driven opportunity with social impact, your MIT community is ready to help. In this article, we’ll break down several ways to find social impact work, provide resources, and showcase student experiences.

Whether you’re an undergrad, …

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