Undergraduate Women's Impact Award

McKinsey & Company invites undergraduate women at select U.S. campuses to apply for a financial award and a McKinsey mentor to support summer plans in global public health, economic development and opportunity creation, sustainability, and/or social innovation and technology, among other topics.

At McKinsey you don’t just come to work, you come to change - to change a client’s perspective on a challenging issue, to change your growing capabilities into expertise, and to change the world around you. With the Undergraduate Women's Impact Award, we celebrate and support women like you who strive to meaningfully change the world. 

Program overview

McKinsey will select award winners from each school noted below to receive:

  • A financial award of $1,000 - $1,500
  • A McKinsey mentor to advise you as you consider your career aspirations
  • An invitation to join our Keep in Touch program for educational opportunities
  • Opportunities to showcase your work to the McKinsey community and your peers on campus

What are the eligibility requirements?

Eligible applicants will be:
  • Currently enrolled as a freshman, sophomore, or junior
  • Any applicant who identifies as a woman, regardless of the sex they were assigned at birth
  • Pursuing a summer opportunity pertinent to one of four topics listed on your school's application page

Please see your school's page for specific eligibility requirements, project examples, and instructions to apply.

Hear from some of our previous winners

"The McKinsey Women's Impact Award allowed me to pursue my research on community engagement and leadership in the slums of Bangalore.  I had the flexibility to design my own initiative and the mentorship to expand and evolve it.  It's a unique grant because it offers expertise from the private sector to refine goals in the social sector. My mentor, Maria, helped me to think about how I could scale up micro-finance initiatives with young women in the slums."

- Tara, Duke Impact Award Winner 2015

"With the McKinsey Impact Award, I was able to work full-time on the project Tink Knit last summer and eventually compiled a 70-page report of our Pilot Program, providing a deep insight into our venture’s strengths and weaknesses. It gave me the opportunity to restructure our team and adjust our business plan based on the suggestions from McKinsey consultants, which was extremely essential to our success in the following semester. I learned a lot during this meaningful experience."

- Julia, Brown Impact Award Winner 2015

School details

For details about the Impact Award at your campus, including eligibility and project details, please see below for deadlines and school-specific application links:

Brigham Young University
Deadline: April 2, 2018
Application link

University of California, Berkeley
Deadline: April 22, 2018
Application link

Duke University
Deadline: April 1, 2018
Application link

Stanford University
Deadline: May 13, 2018
Application link