Bard College’s NYCLab MBA Course is a Win-Win for Students and Companies

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Bard MBA Students Work with Major Organizations and Companies for Sustainable Solutions

As part of Bard’s experimental NYCLab course, MBA in sustainability students complete a yearlong professional consultancy during both semesters their first year. The MBA students work with corporate, governmental, and nonprofit organizations on sustainability related business problems. The course gives students hands-on and virtual consulting experience while providing companies with a small team to focus on a concrete sustainability challenge. Student teams are assigned to clients based on the team members’ interests and skill-sets.

In past years, students have worked with the following companies and organizations:

  • JetBlue
  • Siemens Wind Power
  • HSBC
  • Unilever
  • New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets
  • ConEdison Solutions
  • TransitCenter
  • UBS

See the full list of past clients here

Companies Thrilled with Results

Representatives from participating companies shared their thoughts on the course and how it was mutually beneficial.

Jet Blue said, "Bard NYClab had a clear process for students to engage with companies through. Students minimized the time spent on logistics and maximized the time spent on consulting."

Bill Thomas, Global HAD HTS Sustainability for HSBC Bank said, “what I liked about the Bard MBA NYCLab team is their passion for sustainability and making a difference. My team’s drive to lead sustainable change and make a difference was matched by the students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program and that is the kind of school we want to work with.” 

Siemens Wind Power stated, "working with the Bard MBA students in the NYCLab course was a great experience. The students were deeply engaged and provided a useful 1-year implementation plan with KPIs for clear project follow-up. We would highly recommend this and consider it a second time around!"

Your Business Can Be a Part of NYCLab 

The upcoming course will run from October 2016 to May 2017. If your business is interested, you can download an application by going to the Bard MBA website and clicking "Download the Request for Proposals Form." You can read more about NYCLab and past projects here. There is no fee to participate. The deadline for submissions is July 11, 2016.