Become an NYCLab Client

Bard MBA selects clients each September for NYCLab teams to work with throughout the corresponding academic year. Student teams engage in consultancies for businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. If your company or organization is interested in working with a talented team of MBA students, we invite you to review the FAQs below and consider submitting a project proposal for consideration. The application to become a 2020-2021 NYCLab client can be completed and submitted via an online form which accessed below. Proposals for the 2020-2021 academic year are due July 15, 2020.

What types of projects are you looking for?

We are looking for substantive projects that will engage a student team for 7-8 months on a sustainability-related business problem in the corporate, government, or nonprofit space. Clients range from entrepreneurial start-ups to established organizations. In particular, we invite Black-owned businesses, as well as social justice-focused nonprofits and government agencies to apply. Sample projects could include creating an overall sustainability strategy, increasing energy efficiency, or supply chain management.

As a client, what is expected of me?

Clients need to designate a primary project contact to act as the liaison for the student consulting team. The primary project contact will provide students with the information and guidance needed to effectively complete the project. The time commitment required will depend on the mutually agreed upon project scope as outlined in the Project Agreement. Through regular delivery of components of the larger project, and frequent verification and validation by the client, the deliverables will evolve organically over the course of the year as the student teams and clients together come to understand what’s most valuable.

What is the timeline for deliverables?

  • Clients should receive useful results by January and thereafter, with the final deliverables and presentation due by the end of May.
  • Clients should plan to spend 30-60 minutes twice a month with their student team reviewing early deliverables and taking the opportunity to modify the project as needed.

Is My Project Confidential?

Clients whose NYCLab projects require confidentiality may request a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) when the terms of the project are agreed upon. The NDA will specify which members of the Bard MBA community may be present when project details are being discussed.

Is there a fee?

There is no fee for first time NYCLab clients.

How do I apply?

For the 2020 - 2021 academic year, proposals are due July 15, 2020 for consideration. Please email Caroline Ramaley, Assistant Director of the Bard MBA at nyclab@bard.edu with any questions.