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)

Exploring careers? Start with the Career Exploration Series!

CAPD is coordinating the second annual, institute-wide Career Exploration Series that begins on September 12th and runs through IAP! This series is a collaboration between MIT departments, programs, employers, and alumni to help all students learn about the different career and graduate/professional school options available to you.   

Visit the events page …

By Tianna Ransom
Tianna Ransom Assistant Director, Career Exploration
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Mining social media data for good

Erin Walk, a PhD student in social and engineering systems, studies the impact of social media on the Syrian conflict.

By Olivia Young | Office of Graduate Education | June 22, 2022

For Erin Walk, who has loved school since she was …

By Libby Doucet
Libby Doucet Assistant Director, Career Advising and Training
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Max Kampelman Paid Fellowships

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe seeks candidates for its Max Kampelman Fellowship. The program is open to recent undergraduates (the beginning of the fellowship term should be less than one year since graduation), current graduate students, and …

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Graduate Education Now Has Its Own Caucus in the House of Representatives

Adapted from Kelley Karnes, Council on Graduate School (original article here)

The Graduate Research and Development (GRAD) Caucus launched in July. This new bipartisan caucus in the House of Representatives was formed to address the needs and issues of graduate …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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Seeing the whole person

Alumna, Margaret ‘Mo’ Okobi ’16, prepares for a career combining medicine and public health research to improve mental health care services in vulnerable communities. Read the full story by Leah Campbell for the School of Science.

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