Over the years numerous companies and other organizations have hired MBA students for a variety of summer positions related to sustainability since Johnson launched its Sustainable Global Enterprise Immersion program in 2004.
In recent years hiring firms include the following, as well as numerous others:
Accenture Development Partnership
Environmental Defense Fund
GE Renewable Energy Leadership Program
Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management
King Arthur Flour
National Parks Service
Packard Environment Fellows (PEF) program
The Tony Elumelu Foundation
Yingli Green America
Brendan Condit worked for Patagonia for his internship and had the unconventional task of writing the strategy for a new business unit with the goal of reducing the number of new items that Patagonia customers purchase.
Damian Kearney interned with Accenture as a strategy consultant within the Accenture Development Partnerships program in the Philippines. He worked with clients trying to improve the disaster preparedness and recovery sectors.
Jennifer Le was selected as an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corp fellow and was placed with The Carlyle Group for the summer to develop a customized strategy to incorporate energy efficiency into Carlyle’s U.S. Real Estate investment funds.
Veronica Lescay Megret
Veronica Lescay Megret spent 10 weeks working with an international non-governmental organization (NGO) in the Republic of Tajikistan through Mercy Corps’ internship program. As a summer intern, she was tasked with monitoring and evaluating the Tajikistan Stability Enhancement Program (TSEP) which works to strengthen stability in rural areas through improved governance and the participation of marginalized groups in economic and social revitalization.
Stefanie Levner interned with the National Park Service. As an intern, she analyzed their recent human resources (HR) transformation and its effect on the consistency of service across the country. Her analysis was multifaceted, addressing not only the qualitative effect the consolidation had on customer-service, but also the financial sustainability of the new HR organization and an operations-driven review of workload management.
Jackie Longner spent the summer in upstate New York working for GE’s Renewable Energy Leadership Program. She worked with their Wind Service Team and learned how wind competes with natural gas and other energy resources.
Jerry Petit-Frere had the privilege of doing his internship through The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s (TEF) African Marx`kets Internship Program (AMIP) in Lusaka, Zambia at Bookworld, a chain retail book store. There he focused on organizational transformation and helped create a bonus and incentive system.
Claude Rosen explored the sustainability challenges of the aquarium fish industry while working for Olazul during the summer as a Packard Environment Fellow. Throughout the summer he conducted site visits at some of the largest importers and wholesalers in the United States with the goal of better understanding opportunities for increased transparency and Olazul’s optimal positioning in the industry.
Willy Wang worked for the American subsidiary of the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer, Yingli. Throughout the summer he worked with the Chief Financial Officer to develop strategies for downstream project financing.
"The methods of teamwork, problem solving, and organization that I learned and developed throughout both the SGE immersion and the Johnson Core were instrumental to my success during my summer internship at AIBC."
Tom Long, MBA '12
"The learning gained through the SGE immersion is enlightening, humbling and empowering."