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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UBS is a global firm providing financial services to private, corporate, and institutional clients, operating in more than 50 countries. The Bard MBA team (1) assessed investment banking (IB) engagement strategies among financial institutions, (2) explored rationales for an environmental and social risk engagement strategy in an IB context, and (3) developed criteria and success factors for effective client engagement.

From a project manager perspective of the NCYLab at UBS I can only recommend embarking on a joint sustainability project. The project is an extremely interesting two-way learning experience: the students learn to understand the company's sustainability efforts and the company can learn new perspectives on their programs. The students UBS worked with were highly motivated, curious and well-prepared individuals who asked the right questions! The outcome of their research and interview project is considered very helpful.
—Nina Roth, Environmental and Social Risk Manager, UBS

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