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.

2020-2021 Proposals due July 15, 2020
** Please see our call for proposals from Black owned businesses and social justice organizations **
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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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FoodScraps360 is a minority, female-owned residential and commercial compost collection company providing food scrap recycling services for homes or businesses in New York's Capital Region.

Through the NYCLab client engagement, Bard MBA students developed a 3-5 year growth plan for FoodScraps360 with a goal of improving the business model to ensure the company’s sustainability while meeting growth targets.

"Our Bard MBA team was filled with intelligent, capable, and strong leaders. They helped us define our company to the public, as well as introduced new ideas that we incorporated to improve our business process. We are grateful to have participated in the program!" -Sonia Sandoval, Co-Founder

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