Gaining hands-on experience at real companies and organizations

After six years at Barclays in New York and London, Sandhya Murali came to MIT Sloan because of its emphasis on action learning. In a recent Global Health Lab course, Sandhya worked with a nonprofit research advocacy organization in India.

At MIT Sloan, I’ve learned how to carve out a role for myself and find career opportunities that speak me on a personal level.

After six years working at Barclays in New York and London, Sandhya Murali saw business school “as an opportunity to revisit some of the things I am most passionate about.”

MIT Sloan’s emphasis on sustainability, entrepreneurship and the prominence of Action Learning in the curriculum drew Sandhya to the school. “I wanted to get a hands-on experience in other countries at real companies and organizations,” she says.

Sandhya recently took Professor Anjali Sastry’s Global Health Lab course, where she worked with a nonprofit research advocacy organization in India. Over the summer, Sandhya interned at Buen Power Peru, a social enterprise that sells inexpensive solar lamps to off-grid communities in the Andes.

On campus, Sandhya helped develop an impact investing initiative that organizes events related to sustainable finance. She is also active in Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development (SEID), which helps students forge professional paths in this area.

Sandhya’s goal is to work in a strategy role for a socially oriented healthcare or solar energy company, and in her last semester she has joined a solar social enterprise focused on increasing access to solar energy. “MIT Sloan has taught me how to carve out a role for myself and find career opportunities that speak to me on a personal level.”