Summer of Impact: Internship and Funding Opportunities

Please note: The below information is for summer 2015 and is no longer valid. Access the most recent opportunities for summer 2019. 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 howRead More

Student Perspective: 3 Key Lessons for Social Entrepreneurs

First year MBA candidate Justine Lai shares key takeaways from her experience during the Wharton Social Impact Fellowship in the fall semester. Lai worked with social entrepreneurship accelerator FastFWD, a program launched by WSII, GoodCompany Ventures, and the City of Philadelphia. It’s estimated that nine out of ten startups fail; 42% ofRead More

Student Perspective: Leaping into Impact Investing in Silicon Valley

Wharton and Harvard Kennedy School dual-degree candidate Chian Gong reflects on how her hands-on student experience helped launch her into impact investing. Impact Investing is en vogue, particularly in this generation that seeks a greater purpose in their day-to-day work.  I am part of the new vanguard of professionals that wants toRead More

Alumni Perspective: Teaming up with law school students to pitch a social enterprise

Vasco Bilbao-Bastida, a recent graduate of the Wharton MBA/MA joint degree Lauder Program, shares his experience working with law school students to pitch a social enterprise addressing access to justice as part of LawWithoutWalls. Beyond its clear impact in congressional bills and Supreme Court cases, the rule of law alsoRead More

Welcome MBA Class of 2016!

Welcome! The beginning of the school year is such an exciting time—and our team is especially excited to highlight the different opportunities for students interested in social impact. Who are we? Wharton Social Impact Initiative — or WSII for short — strives to inspire, facilitate, and support the Wharton community inRead More

Student Perspective: Giving More Than Just Time

Already known for organizing popular social and cultural events on campus, The Wharton Graduate Association felt it could be doing more — so the student organization launched a day-long community event inspired by a top firm’s commitment to employee volunteerism. Trisha Chhaya, WG’14, reflects on The Wharton School’s first student-run Impact Day. HowRead More

NEWS: Top Business Schools Compete at Wharton’s Impact Investing Competition

The winners of this year’s MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT) competition were announced at an event attended by over 60 students from seven top U.S. business schools, held at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on March 22. The MIINT program is an initiative of BridgesRead More

Social Aspirations at Business Plan Competition

The Wharton Business Plan Competition recently announced the winner of its newly-instituted Social Impact Prize: Dana Cita, a microlending firm founded by second year MBA candidate Susli Lie, WG’14, and co-managed by impact investor Tom Schmittzehe, WG ’03. The Social Impact Prize, a $10,000 award, is bestowed upon the strongest business planRead More