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get involved

A comprehensive overview of the classes, research, student groups, support programs and living groups that contribute to the international development community at MIT

student groups

One way to get involved in International Development while at MIT is to work with one of the many student groups on campus. This is a list of many of the groups that are active on campus.


AID-MIT is a group committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development in India. AID-MIT closely collaborates with various chapters of AID across the country, particularly AID Boston. Our efforts are directed towards supporting non-government organizations in India at the grassroots  level. Our collaborations span various interconnected spheres such as education, human rights, rehabilitation, environmentalism, public health, women’s empowerment and social justice.

Africa Information Technology Initiative

AITI is an MIT student group that sends MIT students of all disciplines to teach information and communication technologies (ICT) and entrepreneurship to high school and university students in Africa.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a non-governmental, non-partisan organization working for the protection of human rights. As one of the largest human rights organizations in the world (over 1 million members in 45 countries), Amnesty International uses its broad international membership to publicize cases of human rights abuse and brings international pressure to bear on the governments in question, thereby aiding the development of political and human rights around the world.

Asha For Education

Asha for Education is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization working to educate underprivileged children in India based on the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. Since its inception in 1991, Asha has raised and disbursed over $5 million and has directly supported 385 projects in 24 states benefiting thousands of children in India. Asha’s MIT chapter, founded in 1995, has developed long-standing ties to people and organizations in India working to expand and improve education.


Aspire runs a fun weekend volunteering activity in which you can support fellow academics in war-torn countries. We provide roughly 25,000 medical and engineering textbooks per year to universities in Iraq, Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda, and other nations.

Association of International Relations and Model United Nations

AIRMUN is a group that organizes trips to Model United Nations conferences, hosts guest speakers relevant to current global issues, international development and international relations, and organizes a high school Model United Nations conference, MITMUNC.

China Development Initiative

CDI is a student-run organization that is focused on providing sustainable programs related to China's development for MIT students. The goal of CDI is to provide MIT students with more opportunities to learn about China's development. 

Community Water Solutions

Community Water Solutions’ mission is to address the urgent need for clean water and prevent diarrheal disease in developing countries by establishing sustainable water treatment businesses in communities of the developing world. These businesses employ inexpensive and simple water treatment technologies and are adaptable to any community. CWS has recently launched the CWS Fellowship Program, a three-week water education and leadership training experience in Ghana that teaches individuals about the global water crisis, and to hopes inspire them to become leaders in the field of international development.  Interested in working with CWS in Ghana? Apply to the CWS Fellowship Program! We are offering 4 sessions in 2011.

Emerge Global, Inc

Emerge Global supports Sri Lankan girls, ages 10-18, who have been removed from their homes due to past abuse or the threat of abuse. The Emerge Bead Program equips these girls with skills and resources for their futures, using a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes leadership, life skills, and business knowledge, while simultaneously generating a financial foundation for each participant through the creation of unique jewelry. We hope to one day enable young women around the world who have survived abuse to rediscover and celebrate their personal beauty, develop their self-sufficiency, and become leaders within their own communities.

Engineers without Borders

EWB is a national, non-profit, humanitarian organization aiming to improve the quality of life in developing communities worldwide through the implementation of technology, education, and lasting community relationships. EWB-MIT partners with communities to design and implement technologies and has current water and energy projects in Uganda.

Expediting Access to Standard Education

MIT EASE works hand in hand with EASE Ghana to ensure that under-privileged children in rural parts of Ghana receive basic education; school fees and other requirements for school are provided.

Food and Agriculture Collaborative

The MITFAC brings together students – and other MIT community members - to coordinate and support work in the areas of food and agriculture. Members are actively engaged in advocating for and supporting the development of a more sustainable food system on our own campus and in our local community. We also work to enhance MIT’s role in contributing to the broader discourse on agricultural sustainability across the global system.

Global Cycle Solutions

GCS develops and sells affordable and clean technology in the form of bicycle add-on devices. Our current product portfolio includes a corn sheller and mobile phone charger. The vision of GCS is to disseminate appropriate technology and its accompanying knowledge around the world. As strong believers in co-creation, we work within existing infrastructure and channels to spur community development through pedal-powered innovations.

Global Poverty Initiative

The Global Poverty Initiative at MIT is a student‐led organization that directly engages the MIT community in the fight against global poverty. We were started just about 3 years ago by a small group of undergraduates dedicated to raising awareness about the need for more support for international development. GPI envisions a broader MIT international development community where departments and programs are coordinated in a way that maximizes the impact of their projects and is accessible to undergraduate and graduate students alike.

GlobeMed at MIT

GlobeMed at MIT is part of a national organization of college chapters that partner with grassroots organizations to promote global health equity. Our chapter is partnered with Hope Through Health, a non-profit working in Togo, Africa to improve health, social, and economic conditions for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Throughout the year, we raise funds and develop projects that we implement with Hope Through Health over the summer.


Komaza is a unique student-run magazine featuring the international development experiences of MIT students and alumnae.  Issues of Komaza have a bright design, an informal style, and ample amounts of eye-catching photos. We present diverse content ranging from students' project details to their cultural experiences in a fun and easy-to-read format.

Middle East Education through Technology

MEET is an innovative educational initiative started in 2003 that aims to create a common professional language between Israeli and Palestinian young leaders. Working together with students and faculty at MIT, MEET has created a three-year computer science and business program for Palestinian and Israeli high school students.

MIT International Development Consulting

IDC pairs passionate MIT students with exciting international development projects on four continents. Our mission is to improve the efficiency and sustainability of development efforts by offering consulting services using the business knowledge and engineering talent of MIT students.

MIT Sloan Africa Business Club

Sloan ABC is an all-inclusive organization that strives to increase awareness of African business and culture within the MIT community. The club is committed to: promoting discussion of economic and social issues in Africa, providing an avenue for students interested in careers in Africa to interact with potential employers and other like-minded students, and strengthening ties among students, alumni, and African business professionals.

MIT Students Taking Action Now: Darfur

MIT STAND is a student anti-genocide group that began with activism concerning the Darfur genocide but has expanded to speak out against genocides in general as well. MIT STAND works with the national organization of STAND, which operates under the umbrella organization of Genocide Intervention Network. Our primary concern right now is the coming referendum in Sudan. On the education front, we will ask speakers to talk about the situation in Sudan. On the activism front, we plan to collect letters from the MIT community to send to Washington, D.C., and organize mass phone calls to the capital.

MIT Water Club

MIT Water Club serves as a platform that galvanizes the diverse water community on and off campus. This is important because multidisciplinary research and collaborations are needed to solve the global water issues.

One Earth Designs

One Earth Designs is a social enterprise led by young entrepreneurs from the US and China. OED works with Asian and Himalayan communities to design and implement science and engineering solutions that help maintain healthy environments in a locally appropriate manner. Their current work includes energy technology development, water quality and supply, ICT4D, and environmental education.


More than 2.6 billion people lack access to sanitation in the developing world. This leads to over 1.7 million deaths each year through water-borne diarrheal diseases.  At the same time, access to energy in the developing world is extremely limited and expensive. Sanergy, founded by three MIT Sloan students, provides sanitation services to previously unreachable slums of Kenya through a network of franchised sanitation centers. Sanergy collects the waste and converts it into electricity and fertilizer for the surrounding community. Over the summer of 2010, Sanergy launched two pilot sites in Kibera and Lunga Lunga (both slums of Nairobi.)

Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development

Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development (SEID) seeks to drive sustainable global development through entrepreneurship by fostering productive collaborations between students and new ventures in emerging markets and by raising awareness of current challenges and success models. Throughout the school year, SEID helps students at Sloan and across MIT engage in international development by offering a series of events and speakers, developing short-term consultancy projects and providing career-related networking opportunities.

Southeast Asian Service Leadership Network

SEALNet is a nonprofit organization established in 2004. Its mission is to promote the spirit of service leadership in Southeast Asia.  Every year, SEALNet sends teams of college students to Southeast Asian countries to conduct summer projects with local communities and students. These projects focus on various social issues, such as health, arts revival, education, and environment.  Although the projects only take place during the summer, the bonds forged through SEALNet are long-lasting, creating a support network of service leaders spanning the globe.

Solar Turbine Group International

STG International is a non-profit organization founded with the dual goals of renewable energy technology development and micro-enterprise fostering, specifically focused on rural areas of developing nations.

Students for Bhopal

The mission of MIT Students for Bhopal is to support the survivors of the Bhopal disaster and to raise awareness about the disaster and its consequences in the MIT community.

Unite for Sight

Unite for Sight is an international organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness, one of the world's most urgent problems. The MIT chapter holds free community vision screenings, vision education programs, fundraising events, and eyeglass drives.

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