HowToStudent, a nonprofit organization co-founded by Penn alumnus Vraj Shroff, helps students of all economic backgrounds with internships, job offers, and applying to graduate programs.
Collectively made up of Penn students and alumni who have received offers or are working at major Fortune 500 companies, the team is dedicated to assisting other students at the University in advancing their career and education.
Shroff, who currently works for Facebook in New York, says getting help for graduate school applications, and applying for internships and jobs can be prohibitively expensive. He says he started the nonprofit to help all students, regardless of their ability to pay.
“No one should be left behind because of economic hardship,” he says. “HowToStudent is committed to helping all students, especially our first-generation, low-income, community. We waive 100% of our fees for low-income students and Pell Grant recipients.”
Minakshi Mangal, a senior at the Wharton School and HowToStudent’s social media analyst, says she joined the team because she would have found a platform beneficial when applying for graduate programs.
“I know I would have found HowToStudent extremely helpful when I was looking for internships and applying for deferred MBA programs,” she says. “I also want to help do my part in giving back to the Penn community, which has already given me so much.”
Mangal and Shroff met in 2020 during a Wharton virtual event designed to bring the student community together. After graduation, she plans to explore her interest in marketing and entrepreneurship.
Mangal spoke with Penn Today about how the platform is helping the Penn community.