Students: Learn More and Get Involved

6 Steps for Students to Learn about Social Impact

Penn and Wharton undergraduate students, graduate students, and PhD candidates: if you want to learn more about Wharton Social Impact Initiative—or if you just want to learn more about the intersection of social impact and business in general—here are some steps you can take.

1. Sign up for our student opportunities email list.

Not only will you receive our monthly newsletter, but you will also be the first to hear about any program applications, paid opportunities, virtual events, and other ways to get involved. Sign up here.

2. Explore our student programs.

From real-world impact investing experience to social entrepreneurial support, our programs give students the skills and training opportunities to effect smart and savvy change through business. Explore all programs.

3. Read social impact stories and listen to our Dollars and Change podcast.

Student reflections. Impact investing insights. Research analysis. Impactful start-ups. By reading social impact stories on our website and tuning in to our monthly podcast, you’ll learn from a diverse set of perspectives about the many challenges and hopeful solutions in using business as a force for good.

4. Read the FAQs.

Speaking of reading up on social impact, check out the FAQs on our website. This page is a great place to start if you are looking for an introduction to impact investing, if you want to know how business can even have a social impact, and if you want learn how else you can get involved.

5. Take a social impact course.

Wharton offers numerous courses that will help you understand and tackle many of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world. Each semester, we update our “Social Impact Courses” page so that you can explore and find a course that matches your interests. We list courses that are available for the upcoming semester as well as courses that may be offered other semesters. Tip: You can also take our Coursera course on Business Strategies for Social Impact, or earn a certificate by enrolling in Wharton’s specialization on Business Strategies for a Better World.

6. Sign up for office hours.

Want to just connect with a WSII staff member one-on-one? Our team has regular office hours to meet with Penn/Wharton students each week. First, learn more about our team to see who you’d like to chat with. Then, scroll down to see each team member’s weekly office hours and email Jay to schedule. Just be sure to include the topic for your meeting and which team member you’d like to speak with in your request.

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