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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)

Max Kampelman Paid Fellowships

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe seeks candidates for its Max Kampelman Fellowship. The program is open to students and recent graduates with previous internship experience. Fellows work in political and military affairs, economic and environmental matters, or …

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Call for Papers: Bobby R. Inman Award for Student Scholarship

The Inman Award competition is designed to recognize outstanding research and writing by students on topics related to intelligence and national security. There is no prescribed topic, format, or length for papers submitted. The Inman Award and a $5,000 prize …

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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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“Yulia’s Dream” to support young, at-risk Ukrainian students of mathematics

Sandi Miller | Department of Mathematics | March 30, 2022

Millions have fled the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and for those who are staying, schools are closed. While refugee-supporting programs focus on immediate needs, the Department of Mathematics’ MIT PRIMES program plans to …

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Policy Student Aims to Use Tech for Good

NAGELA NUKUNA MBA ’22 HAS ALWAYS FELT THE PULL OF TWO DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES—tech and policy. In her view, they merge more practically than one might think. “Implementation is so important in policy. Technology expands access and opportunity and helps …

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