For MBAs and Undergrads: Set Your Summer Plans with Social Impact Funding, Internships

Working Outside

The summer internship is a crucial part of the business school experience. Spring break may be in the recent past, but have you secured your summer plans yet? Here’s how to apply for funding or an internship position, and how Wharton Social Impact Initiative can help.

Work directly with us.

Contribute directly to our work in advancing the science of social impact: join WSII as a Wharton Social Impact Summer Fellow.

Working in a start-up like atmosphere right here in Philadelphia, you’ll conduct vital research, consult with entrepreneurs, prepare reports, and help grow ongoing work in impact investing, urban job development, impact entrepreneurship, and investing in women. We also have positions for MBAs and Undergraduates to contribute to our work in Philadelphia and Africa.

These exciting positions are full-time for a period of 10-12 weeks and include a stipend. Browse the job board for full descriptions, and submit your application for WSII Fellowships before March 25, 2016.  Applications for summer 2016 fellowships are now closed.

Apply for funding.

We also have limited summer funding available for MBAs and undergraduates who secure their own social impact internships. Students focused on impact investing, gender lens investing, social entrepreneurship, or social impact in Africa are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Grad/MBA and Undergrads: WSII Summer Funding Awards— Wharton Social Impact Initiative will be granting summer internship funding awards to a select group of exceptional Wharton students who have secured social impact internships with nonprofit or for-profit, mission-driven organizations this summer. Awards will be determined based on the specifics of the internship, funding from host organization, and the available funding amount.
  • Undergrads: The Raso Summer Fellowship Award— This funding opportunity enables undergraduates to work over the summer at internships related to impact investing, investing in women and girls and social entrepreneurship. Melissa and David Raso have generously supported students working in these areas over the past year, and have seen students deeply engage in the opportunities and, as a result, develop skills and expertise that they will be able to use in their future careers.
  • Undergrads: The Lockhard-Marduel Internship Award— This funding opportunity is designed to support students’ international internships, with a preference for West or Francophone African countries. Through their generous support, William Thomas Lockard, WG’84 and Alix Marduel have helped to provide students with the opportunity to obtain an unparalleled real-world experience that inspires and prepares them to continue to develop business solutions to important social problems.
  • MBA: James S. Marpe Public Interest Award— This funding opportunity is designed to support Wharton MBA students working in U.S.-based nonprofit organizations over the summer.
  • Open to WAG members only: Wharton Africa Growth Partners (WAG) Internships— Conduct research and consult with African entrepreneurs as part of Wharton Africa Growth Partners (WAG), a student-led WSII program designed to foster inclusive social and economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa.

Apply for internship funding here as an MBA, or here as an undergraduate. Applications for external internships and funding are due by April 4, 2016.

For 2017 summer funding, please see our new student funding page.