Wharton graduates have the skills and resources to create positive social impact throughout their professional lives.
Social Impact Career Advising and Recruiting
For MBA students and alumni pursuing careers in the social sector, Wharton’s office of MBA Career Management provides our network with valuable resources and information to effectively navigate the career management process and facilitate successful career transitions.
An industry-focused team advises students on all elements of the job search, and provides opportunities to connect with employers from social impact, public interest, nonprofit and government careers.
Student advisor Jennifer Savoie is particularly experienced in helping students build and navigate social impact and public sector job search strategies. She also work closely with student organizations such as Wharton Social Impact Club and the International Development club to develop and implement a wide range of career initiatives for their members.
Recruiting relationship manager Marco Smith works with public interest/social impact employers to maximize their job postings and their on-campus engagement strategies, as well as offer various interview options.
Managed by the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, The John M. Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund for Public Service provides financial support for recent Wharton MBA graduates pursuing careers in public service, nonprofit, government or social impact.
If selected, Wharton will send up to $20,000 per year to an individual’s lender to pay down his or her student loan. Eligible candidates must be pursuing careers in the public and non-profit sectors, and the awards are based on a combination of activity, career goals, and financial aid.
The application process is competitive, but there is no limit to the number of times an alum may be chosen as a recipient during the first five years after graduation.
MBA Nonprofit Connection
Additional one-on-one nonprofit career coaching is available through Wharton’s relationship with the MBA Nonprofit Connection (MNC). MNC provides individual career counseling to students pursuing nonprofit careers and helps them identify opportunities suited to their skills and experience, as well as guide students in tailoring their resumes and cover letters.
Wharton’s relationship with MNC also provides our MBA students access to the MNC Summer Jobs program of 45-50 pre-screened summer jobs each year. Nonprofits that regularly recruit through the MNC include Acumen fund, Benetech, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Goodwill Industries, the Positive Coaching Alliance, and REDF.