First-year MBA students are arriving on campus, settling into their new apartments, attending orientation programs, buying their textbooks and meeting tons of people. But getting their new life in order isn't the only thing on their minds. Fall recruiting is just around the corner--less than a month away in some cases--so students should be starting to think about what they want to do next summer. For students interested in consulting and sustainability, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has openings.
On Monday, BusinessWeek published an article about MBA internships at the EDF and the impact the student consultants had on companies in 2009. The internship program, called Climate Corps and offered in partnership with Net Impact, trains interns in sustainability and then assigns them to companies across the country. This summer, 24 companies, including Sodexho and TXU Energy, enlisted the Climate Corps' services; and in some instances, gained proposals for sustainable practices and changes that could save the company as much as $20 million in the next five years.
I think we can all agree that the next step in creating environmentally friendly businesses is making sustainability affordable. By employing MBAs, rather than environmental education majors or engineers, the Climate Corps offers companies suggestions to benefit the environment and the bottom line. Already, it's made some "true believers" out of its participants--companies and students. Says BusinessWeek, "Most of the participating students plan to pursue careers in sustainability, where they can marry their values and business skills."
Interested students should talk to their professors about any environmental management and sustainability classes or programs on campus (e.g., the Wharton MBA in Environmental and Risk Management and the Darden Sustainability Program), check out their Net Impact student chapter, and visit the Climate Corps website.
The last few years were tough on all of us, and we’ve all dealt with our own hardships differently. Now that most schools have returned to being in person full-time, some students might be struggling with transitioning away from the comforts of remote, virtual learning.
Student loan debt is a harsh reality for nearly 50 million college graduates in America. There was a time when a college degree all but promised a living wage and a middle-class lifestyle, but with the cost of education and cost of living constantly on the rise, it is becoming increasingly difficult for college graduates to achieve financial independence as they struggle to make regular student loan payments that essentially equate to a month’s rent in some cases.
Getting back into the swing of school life can be challenging after a long summer of beach days, pool days, late nights with friends, or even just your summer job. With summer coming to its inevitable end, we thought it would be the right time to share some tips on how to make your transition back to study mode as seamless as possible.
On November 3rd, Firsthand will be hosting its second annual Diversity & Inclusion in Internships Virtual Career Fair. Those who attend will gain exclusive insider access to top internships and employers, including the opportunity to engage with representatives from a number of employers.
You’ve spent three years in law school—and perhaps some time practicing law—and realize now that the idea of spending time in a courtroom, reviewing contracts, poring over financial statements, taking depositions, dealing with clients, going toe-to-toe with opposing counsel, or keeping track of billable hours turns your stomach. And this isn’t merely a passing phase, but a certainty—you do not want to practice law.