Affinity Groups

The Masters of Development Engineering houses five Affinity Groups of like-minded people linked by a common interest or purpose. Across the Blum Center’s community, students will connect around their interests while gaining meaningful mentorship from alumni and professionals. Our Affinity Groups allow students to build networks, create communities, and gain professional development opportunities.

Current Affinity Groups

AI & Data Analytics
Alternative Energy and Sustainability
Social Impact
Entrepreneurship, Start-Ups, & Product Creation
Sustainable Design, Architecture, Real Estate & Construction

Join an Affinity Group

Be a part of one of the five Affinity Groups. Get to connect with the broader DevEng community

Mentor an Affinity Group

Get the opportunity to Connect, Network and Mentor students seeking a role model

Not Ready To Be Part of The Affinity Groups?

Other opportunities to connect with Development Engineering students

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions or are looking to connect with our Affinity Groups, please reach out to

Blum Center for Developing Economies
The University of California, Berkeley
Blum Hall, #5570
Berkeley, CA 94720-5570
(510) 643-5316 •
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Host and Fellow Responsibilities

Host Organizations

  • Identify staff supervisor to manage I&E Climate Action Fellow
  • Submit fellowship description and tasks
  • Engage in the matching process
  • Mentor and advise students
  • Communicate with Berkeley program director and give feedback on the program.

Berkeley Program Director​

  • Communicate with host organizations, students, and other university departments to ensure smooth program operations

Student Fellows

  • Complete application and cohort activities
  • Communicate with staff and host organizations
  • Successfully complete assignments from host organization during summer practicum
  • Summarize and report summer experience activities post-fellowship