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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Unilever produces consumer goods for more than 400 brands including Ben & Jerry’s, Lipton, Dove, and St. Ives. As part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, the company asked the Bard MBA team to identify cost-effective and regional renewable energy storage solutions. Tasks included research and recommendations for sustainable energy technologies as part of the product mix, cost analysis, and the development of business and supply chain models.

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