In Bard’s experiential NYCLab course, MBA students complete a yearlong professional consultancy in the first year of their business program. Over two semesters, MBA students work with corporate, governmental, and nonprofit organizations to solve sustainability-related business problems. Student teams are assigned clients based on the team members’ interests and skill-sets and are mentored by Laura Gitman, Chief Operating Officer at BSR, a leading global organization that develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research and cross-sector collaboration. Learn more about the key role experience plays in preparing for a career in sustainability.
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How does NYCLab work?

Working in teams, students engage in consultancies for businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. The course runs two full semesters, from August through May. Teams develop and negotiate project agreements with clients that define the scope of work, project deliverables, deadlines, and expectations for communication and information sharing.

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New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets

New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets

New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) is the department of the New York state government that enforces laws relating to agriculture; horticulture; farm, fruit and dairy products; aquaculture; the production, processing, transportation, storage, marketing and distributing of food; and weights and measures.

Bard MBA students helped NYSDAM develop a strategy and metrics framework for business facilitation activities for growers and food processors through operational assessments and stakeholder engagement. 

Project Summary:

 "Bard College's MBA program paired us with smart and hardworking students who assessed our Department's business development activities for the agriculture sector. Over the course of the school year, the students eagerly learned the ins and outs of our agency while researching the most effective marketing activities from 12 other state/provincial departments of agriculture. Their commitment to the task at hand, curiosity, and critical thinking led them to propose a set of best practices that will be a real value-add to the thinking behind our marketing strategies."—NYSDAM