Social Impact Internships

Connect with non-profits, government agencies, and social enterprises that will help you build your skills while working to address social or environmental change.

Social Impact Internships are paid opportunities for MIT undergraduate students to explore your career options, build your skills and engage in work that yields significant community impact. Strengthen your professional network and your resume, while you strengthen communities.

Social Impact Internships take place over the summer and during Independent Activities Period (IAP) in January. Stay up-to-date on current opportunities by signing up for our newsletter!

Looking for Inspiration?

See how other MIT students partnered up for Social Impact Internships:

“This experience at [Build Health International] has been wonderful in connecting me with people that care very deeply about equitable healthcare, and have dedicated their careers to helping people. Additionally, the experience in researching medical standards has helped me develop skills in organization, communication, and collaboration. I am extremely grateful to both the PKG and to the staff at BHI for providing me this opportunity and I recommend taking advantage of these internship opportunities to anyone interested in the intersection of their academic interests and community service.”Liliana Vela ’22, Chemical Engineering and Biology, Build Health International intern IAP ’22

Through my internship, I learned more about how climate and health equity are connected, a trend that must be used to guide how these issues should be tackled. In Florida, heat, flooding, and air quality are additional issues that will be exacerbated due to global warming, but don’t receive adequate attention. In order to bring greater awareness to these problems and call citizens and lawmakers to action, FIHI and MIT interns have been conducting a literature analysis for further education and policy reform. The PKG Center’s Social Impact Internships are a great way for students to get an in-depth look at the work people are doing to combat the greatest problems society is facing, and I would encourage all MIT students to spend time using their skills to give back to these communities on the front line.”Anika Wadhera ’25, Biological Engineering, Florida Institute for Health Innovation (FIHI) intern IAP ’22

This opportunity with the PKG Center and Learning Seeds has given me the chance to engage in a project that allows me to use my skills to create meaningful social impact while furthering my professional and career development. The internship has led me to think creatively in analyzing data that comes in the form of speech transcripts and natural language, and has made me think and reflect beyond my technical work. Now, while coding or debugging, I am motivated by and think more about how my work has a positive impact on a larger community. The opportunity to engage with people working in a wide array of projects impacting health, both from the policy and biological sides, was meaningful and exciting. ” – Vivian Shao ’25, Computer Science and Engineering, Data Science intern at Learning Seeds, Inc IAP’22

Reach Out

Questions? Not finding an opportunity that meets your interests, or already have an internship or public opportunity in need of funding? We are happy to discuss! Reach out to Julie Uva, social impact employment program administrator, at studentworker@mit.edu.

If you have a social impact project and are in need of funding, we also encourage you to learn more about the PKG Fellowships program, discover other funding opportunities at MIT.