Meredith Dworkin ’20
Internship: Sesame Workshop, New York City
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Favorite Yale SOM class: Employee [now called Workforce]
Clubs and affiliations: Social Impact Consulting Club, Nonprofit Board Fellows, Hockey Club, Yale Philanthropy Conference, Honor Committee
This summer, I interned at Sesame Workshop, an organization that started 50 years ago with the introduction of the show Sesame Street. Sesame Street is still going strong, but the organization now does much more than just the original show. Sesame Workshop is a global nonprofit whose mission is to help kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder through shows and social impact initiatives around the world.
I worked on the strategy and ventures team, which functions as an internal consulting arm for the rest of the organization and partners with startups innovating in education, health, and social welfare for kids. My primary project was to conduct a landscape analysis of the domestic funding market, looking at trends in giving, topic areas, and funding mechanisms to inform Sesame’s domestic social impact and philanthropy strategy.
Prior to Yale SOM, I worked for the Clinton Foundation. I came to SOM to accelerate my career in social impact. Sesame Workshop provided an amazing opportunity to work for a mission-driven organization that focuses on scaling, sustainability, and impact.