Bain provides a platform for externs to work with several of our key partner organizations in the education and economic development space, or to pursue externships with other organizations that have particular meaning for them. Whether it is developing agricultural strategy in Africa, securing support for malnourished children in India or helping to redefine education or health challenges in the developing world, Bain externs are making an impact for those who need it most.

Mayuri Shah, for instance, spent several months with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in India while she was a senior associate consultant. CHAI works on several different health programs in addition to its focus on HIV/AIDS—and thanks to her Bain experience, Shah could play a leadership role on projects such as providing malnourished children with therapeutic food. "I generally would own the project, with assistance from technical experts such as doctors when needed," she said.

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Social Impact fellowships also provide the kind of hands-on experience in the social sector that future leaders need. Social Impact fellows are new MBA hires, receiving offers to start in January, that delay their start date by three months and join a nonprofit or social enterprise with financial support from Bain.

Prior to starting as a new consultant, for example, Brian Bartlett, joined the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic in Tanzania, helping to establish basic design requirements for the ship that serves as the clinic and leading meetings with local authorities.

A popular Bain Social Impact fellowship sponsors people to build homes around the world through Habitat for Humanity. In just two years, Bain teams have built homes in nearly 20 countries, including Zambia, Malaysia and Kyrgyzstan.

Not surprisingly, Bain people also serve on hundreds of different NGO and nonprofit boards, from the United Way to GLAAD. It's another opportunity to bring our training and experience to organizations that are most eager for it.