Summer Fellows 2015

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Nonprofit and Public Management

Erin Beck PH’16 interned at Senior Planet Exploration Center, a nonprofit in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan that provides technology‐training courses to older adults. Senior Planet promotes access to technology as a powerful opportunity to empower older adults to thrive in an increasingly digital society. As an intern, Erin assisted in one-on‐one and group courses and organized events and presentations developed specifically for this population. 

Catherine Chao BUS’16 worked at the Department of Transportation in the Land Use Review Unit. She assisted in the review of numerous projects related to land use, license agreements, and variances including: home rebuilding applications for the Build It Back program, inquiries from the Board of Standards and Appeals and other city agencies, street conveyance for redevelopment projects, and property disputes of all scales.

Rachel Dias BUS16 interned as an Education Pioneers Fellow with District of Columbia Public Schools, whose mission is to ensure that every DCPS school provides a world-class education that prepares all students, regardless of background or circumstance, success in college, career, and life. She worked on the Career and Technical Education team and completed analysis of historical grant spend by program and school, quality of programming including certifications and course credits, participation and enrollment rates. She analyzed teacher spend requests for the ’15-16 school year and made recommendations for grant allocations. Additionally, Rachel documented key budgeting and financial procedures, providing a blueprint to enhance productivity. 

Monica Foote SW’16 worked with New Women New Yorkers, a cross-community organization empowering young women immigrants from underserved communities in New York City. These programs provide young women immigrants with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to pursue better educational and professional opportunities, and to become agents of change in and for their communities. Monica facilitated workshops and conducted outreach to other key stakeholders in immigrant communities to increase the number of participants in the programs. She also researched best practices in other organizations and helped to develop new programs for NWNY.

Pauline Henriquez BUS16 interned with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations, which has overseen more than $3 billion in grant making since its inception. RPA provides research and counsel on charitable giving, develops philanthropic programs and offers complete program, administrative and management services for foundations and trusts. Pauline worked with senior leadership to create financial models, pricing structures, and decision support tools for each service line that would inform ongoing business strategy.

Adrienne Howell BUS’16 worked with NewYork-Presbyterian at the Allen Hospital, a community-based hospital that is one of eight NewYork-Presbyterian locations. Adrienne worked directly with the Director of Finance and Operations to develop and implement operational efficiencies in order to improve the patient experience as the Allen added a new comprehensive spinal center to its campus. Her work included multiple projects including implementing strategies to improve operations, financial impact, and community relations.

Leslie Koff BUS16 worked with Girls Who Code. Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization launched in 2012 to help reduce the gender gap in technology and engineering by exposing young women to computer science education. They offer year-long club programs, summer immersion programs, and an alumni program nationwide. As a relatively new organization, Girls Who Code currently does not have any centralized IT infrastructure, which is a challenge for strategic planning, internal management, and external reporting. Leslie worked with the organization to understand business strategy and gather requirements in order to design a user-centric IT solution that supports their summer immersion program.

Alexis Mayer BUS/SW’17 worked as an Education Pioneer at Hebrew Charter School Center (HCSC), a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 to build a movement of academically rigorous dual-­language schools across America that teach children to become fluent and literate in Modern Hebrew, preparing them to be productive global citizens. As the Outcomes Framework Project Manager, she incorporated key stakeholders to operationalize the framework: goals and metrics that are appropriate for each outcome based on industry research, how they will be captured, and how HCSC will assess hitting its targets. The outcomes framework is part of a long-term strategic plan to ensure effective scaling that will achieve true educational success.  

Columbus Morfaw BUS16 worked for the United States Soccer Federation as a Research & Analytics Intern. He was responsible for collecting, formatting and manipulating confidential data to derive insights that drove the organizations' business and operational strategy forward. Some specific examples of research projects included the development of an index to measure the local soccer demand by market for the Copa America Centenario, combining all youth national team rosters into a consistent format and dataset, managing a market-research volunteer initiative to collect on site intercept surveys, and performing regression analysis to determine the key drivers of demand for tickets.

Dana Silberstein BUS16 interned at New York Road Runners (NYRR). As a Summer MBA Fellow, Dana worked closely with the Strategy & Planning team to support the CEO in strategy formulation, growth plan execution, and project implementation.  Working on time-sensitive, top-priority initiatives, Dana analyzed business performance and industry trends, evaluated existing operations and new business opportunities, made recommendations on alternative courses of action, and assessed relevant risk factors.  In addition to this project, Dana provided input into the design and execution of NYRR's annual senior management strategy offsite.

Rafael de Simone Martines BUS16 interned with the Secretary of Planning and Development, State of Goiás. The project was to design and implement a set of public policies that will improve the competitiveness and boost the development of the State of Goiás, taking into account the state's comparative advantages, budget constraints, and the type of regulations that a state may implement. The project had three different areas of focus: to improve the quality of life for the Goiás population; increase the state's competitiveness for firms; and to develop the public management capabilities of the state.

Michael McGregor BUS16 worked for the Great Oaks Foundation, an organization dedicated to the launch and support of a network of high-performing charter schools. Great Oaks seeks to fulfill this mission by providing high-dosage tutoring to students, developing excellent teachers via its teacher training program, and investing in the communities that surround its schools. Michael developed a strategy for the implementation of Great Oaks' strategic plan. In particular, he facilitated the creation of a corporate entity (B Corp/L3C) to invest capital in the communities that Great Oaks serves.

Ruben Rahman SW/SIPA’17 interned at Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services (BACDYS), providing them with administrative and leadership support. BACDYS provides various adult and youth services to the over 74,000 and rapidly growing Bangladeshi recent immigrant community in New York City. As a Development Associate, Ruben participated in all fundraising activities in an attempt to secure sponsorships and individual donations. He also utilized his educational training and his past experience as Interim Program Manager for the OURS program to serve as a consultant to improve and expand BACDYS’ existing programs.

Audrey Stewart BUS’16 worked with Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization that provides public awareness campaigns, educational programming and tools and resources to foster inclusive sports communities. Audrey worked in a strategic fundraising role within the development department. Throughout the summer, Audrey increased her understanding of nonprofit fundraising, as well as utilized various effective fundraising strategies that resulted in three new corporate donors. Audrey also implemented a new donor database that helped to increase and diversify Athlete Ally’s grants portfolio, streamlined the donor acknowledgement process, and established two new revenue streams for the fall Action Awards event.

Carl Stoffers JRN’15 worked for The Marshall Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization. The Marshall Project’s goal is to fill the need for high-quality journalism about the American criminal justice system through accuracy, fairness, independence, and impartiality, with an emphasis on stories that have been underreported or misunderstood. The Marshall Project believes that now is an opportune moment to amplify the national conversation about criminal justice, and that storytelling can be a powerful agent of social change, and their mission is to raise public awareness around issues of criminal justice and the possibility for reform.

Samantha Strauss BUS’16 interned with KIPP Austin Public Schools in the organization’s Finance team. KIPP Austin is a network of charter schools in Austin, Texas offering high quality, non-traditional K-12 education to approximately 5,000 students, 90% of whom are economically disadvantaged. As a 2015 Summer Fellow, Samantha improved many of KIPP Austin’s financial processes, with a deep focus on accounts payable. KIPP Austin has grown extremely rapidly, yet it has limited resources to quickly adapt its operational processes to keep up with student and employee growth. Samantha implemented numerous improvements to these processes over the course of the summer and recommended a 12-18-month action plan so the organization could continue to make progress after her departure. 

Social Entrepreneurship

Amal Abid BC’17 interned at Ashoka. Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system-changing ideas into practice on a global scale. Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. During her internship, Amal gained real-world exposure to how computer science can be integrated into the social enterprise field. She assessed infrastructure and current data collection, and made suggestions as well as prepared solutions on how to better collect data. 

Julie Brickman BUS’15 worked with SJF Ventures, a venture capital partnership with an emphasis on investing in companies that make a positive social or environmental impact. SJF Ventures invests in companies in the resource efficiency, sustainability and technology-enhanced services sectors. Representative investment areas include efficiency and infrastructure, asset recover including reuse and recycling, sustainable agriculture and food safety, health and wellness technology, education technology and digital media and marketing services. Julie focused on the education technology market, analyzing potential investments, researching industry trends, identifying investment opportunities, constructing financial models, and assisting with SJF operations.

Rebecca Book GSAPP’17 with Project Rede, a digital conservation design studio seeking to provide sustained revenue to preservation efforts at heritage sites around the world by tapping into the funding available through international investors. By creating an informative, user-friendly e-guide, Project Rede seeks to offer spiritual pilgrims, tourists and potential visitors a way to explore the site, learn about conservation threats, and donate to these causes. Through research and entrepreneurship, the project seeks to connect affected communities with tourists to allow better management of heritage sites and inform local businesses how to capture increased revenue from tourism.

Victoria Ebert SIPA’16 worked as a Kiva Fellow with Kiva Zip in Nairobi, Kenya. Kiva Zip is a pilot launched in 2011 by Kiva, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco with a mission to alleviate poverty by connecting people through lending. Currently in the beta testing phase, Kiva Zip is a direct lending model that enables microfinance loans at an interest rate of 0% over a peer-to-peer Internet platform using innovative new technologies like M-Pesa. Victoria’s work included client management, streamlining how Kiva Zip interfaces with trustees, visiting Kiva Zip borrowers in the field, and continuing to expand Kiva Zip’s presence in Kenya.

Barr Even PH’15 and Julia Rosenblum BUS16 worked with Inspiring Capital, a social enterprise that helps nonprofits and other socially conscious venture develop sustainable, mission-aligned business strategies while providing philanthropy and impact investing advice to individual and corporate donors. As a summer fellow at Inspiring Capital, Barr worked with an NYC-based social enterprise to help develop a new earned revenue stream that could be used to cross-subsidize its charitable program of operations. He worked directly with the social enterprise’s founding team to produce a go-to-market strategy that increased and diversified the organization’s revenue stream. Julia was paired with a partner social enterprise to complete a consulting project with the goal of facilitating business development.

Zsigmond Fajth BUS15 and Priyam Shah BUS’15 interned at IMG DevLab, a purpose-driven applied solutions, data analytics, design and engineering devlab, focusing on lean solutions to complex technical problems as well as agile project management and execution capabilities for in-house, double bottom-line new ventures development. Zsigmond worked on multiple topics related to financial inclusion and literacy. He developed feasibility plans and implementation roadmaps for a products aimed bridging the information gaps that put some people at a disadvantage in today’s financial services market. Priyam’s project with Dev Labs concerned a market analysis of the current players, practices and policies in the digital health space via the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Nadine Fattaleh CC’17 is studying economics and sustainable development, leading her to work on Research and Programs at Shujog Impact Investment in Singapore. Nadine is interested in the role of social enterprises in developing countries and emerging markets, and as a native of Amman, Jordan, she hopes to use her work on impact investing and social enterprises when she returns to the region after college.

Juan Figueroa PH’16 interned at the Healthcare Innovation Technology Lab (HITLAB), which helps organizations ideate, create, and evaluate innovative technologies to improve healthcare around the world. For the summer, Juan worked as their in-house graphic designer, assisting with design needs related to programs, projects, and studies, primarily designing the HITLAB World Cup/Summit website and creating branding and print materials for the event, allowing him to utilize his technology skills to make an impact in the arena of healthcare.

Corey Freeman GS/JTS’17 interned for SHOPETHICA.com, an online fashion retailer that sells ethical brands, including those that are environmentally friendly, fair trade, and vegan. As a summer intern, Corey helped SHOPETHICA.com work towards its goal of connecting consumers with ethical designers by developing the company’s digital marketing and customer acquisition strategies. Corey identified new marketing and sales channels through which to connect with previously unexplored demographic bases, such as college students.

Erin Grand SEAS’16 worked with Crisis Text Line, a nonprofit organization that provides crisis support through text communication via volunteer counselors. The Crisis Text Line counselors are trained through a 34-hour program designed by Crisis Text Line with Common Ground, which consists of video programming, readings, role-plays, and feedback. As the Data Intern, she worked with the Data Science team to conduct an analysis on the training program in order to identify improvements to the training materials and increase counselor retention.

Jennifer Kanyamibwa SIPA’16 interned at the newly established social justice organization Sankofa.org. Sankofa.org enlists the support of today’s most celebrated artists and influential individuals in collaboration with grassroots partners to elevate the voices of the disenfranchised and promote justice, peace, and equality. Jennifer spearheaded Sankofa.org’s board relations and cultivation efforts, work on project and grant research initiatives, and continue to develop principle issues at the organization. Additionally, Jennifer connected the Sankofa.org celebrity artist board to affiliated grassroots organizations that carry out the organization’s mission on the ground, and she coordinated large-scale arts and culture events throughout NYC.

Paramjot Kaur CC’16 and Daniel Kriske SIPA’16 interned with Accion East this summer. Accion East is part of the global nonprofit microfinance organization Accion International,
and offers affordable loan solutions to small business owners across New York City. Since 1991, Accion East has lent $84 million. Paramjot worked to partner with local business owners to review loan applications, identify new market opportunities for Accion, and represent the organization at financial education seminars. Many of the clients Paramjot worked this summer with are minorities and women who are able to leverage the capital and financial education offered by Accion to create meaningful change for their careers, families, and communities. Daniel assisted clients through all stages of the loan process and helped them work toward their financial goals. He also analyzed client business plans and provided advice on financial sustainability.

Kassandra La Riva CC’15 worked for Upraised Learning, PBC, a public benefit corporation dedicated to improving educational outcomes­­—especially in disadvantaged communities—by engaging and empowering parents to more effectively help their children succeed in school, and in life. Kassandra assisted with the process of editing and translating content for the Upraised site. She also designed systems and protocols for organizing and managing content, and conducted product-related research. Using her varied academic training, along with past volunteer experience in education and business acumen, she assisted in the production of tutorial videos and participated in outreach efforts to help improve Upraised’s understanding of user experience.

Jennifer Meyer SW/PH’17 interned at El Arte Sano, a language and culture center based in Urubamba, Peru. El Arte Sano’s mission is to empower local citizens by providing language and cultural skills needed to benefit from the global community and tourism industry. El Arte Sano also provides a space for visitors to share their culture and learn Peruvian customs. During her time with El Arte Sano, Jennifer worked with curriculum developers and researchers to develop and implement a program to train young adults to develop entrepreneurship projects for social change.

Kethan Rao CC’17 interned with The Adventure Project, a nonprofit creating jobs in developing countries by pairing local businesses with large donors. The aim is to create jobs to lift the poor out of poverty. As the Social Media Intern, he worked to track and analyze social media growth base to build the brand – part of a key project to keep the social media development team organized and on track for campaign goals by ensuring the effectiveness of all social media posts.

Kenneth Ryu GSAS’15 interned with Mercado Global this summer. Mercado Global is a social enterprise that links rural indigenous artisans to international markets to break the cycle of poverty. He oversaw the research, development, and implementation of Mercado Global’s annual Social Impact Assessment (SIA) in all partner communities and artisan cooperatives, with duties including: managing the SIA implementation from inception to final report, managing the project calendar and budget, coordinating with Mercado Global's local staff and hiring surveyors, performing site visits, survey data cleaning and entry, performing statistical analysis of data collected, and presenting a final report and presentation to Mercado Global staff and board.

Ina Seok TC’16 worked at EdTech Summit South Africa, a teacher training development program that addresses education equity and social justice issues by working to implement creative and cutting edge technologies in schools and communities. The Global Team supports teachers and learners with innovative technology tools and training to aid in the acquisition of 21st century skills and instructional strategies. Ina assisted the production team in reaching these goals by implementing analysis of program impact, and making recommendations for scalability and program improvement. In addition, Ina created an interactive workshop in one aspect of educational technology to present in seven cities in South Africa.

Kathleen Sullivan GS’16 served as a summer analyst with the Wamda Research Lab. Wamda, a platform designed to facilitate the entrepreneurship process in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, takes a comprehensive approach to the idea of supporting entrepreneurship. The Research Lab is one component of this approach, producing content about various aspects of entrepreneurship in the MENA region. Kathleen provided research support on projects focusing on access to markets for MENA entrepreneurs and the potential impact that Arab Diaspora can have on entrepreneurs in MENA.

Tajreena Tabassoom SIPA’16 worked with Atikus Investments, a social enterprise dedicated to expanding access to capital for qualified yet underserved individuals around the world. Atikus partners with local lenders to increase their financial and operational efficiency, thereby expanding the amount of available capital to individuals in developing markets. Tajreena’s scope of work involved working closely with the company’s founder and directors on developing Atikus’ mobile insurance and outreach products, researching and recommending industry best practices and refining the evaluation strategy used to measure the level of impact on surrounding communities.

Sara Wilf SIPA’16 interned with Kiva in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kiva is a global microfinance platform that connects lenders with entrepreneurs to alleviate poverty and create opportunities. As a Kiva Fellow, Sara worked with Kiva Zip, a new initiative that offers 0 percent interest loans to entrepreneurs so that they have access to capital to grow their businesses. Kiva Zip is currently in beta in the United States and Kenya.

Qianhui (Jera) Zhang GSAS’15 is a graduate student in sociology, with a concentration on health and cultures. She worked with the Dr. Bird Project, a global health nonprofit social initiative founded in Toronto by Dr. Mitch Abrams. Named after Jamaica's indigenous national bird, the Dr. Bird, the project integrates naturopathic, holistic practices and eastern philosophy with western medicine, with the goal of developing a mindful medicine program resulting in more compassionate and empathetic health care workers and communities as a whole. Qianhui (Jera) studies health-seeking behavior across cultures, and supported the project by conducting research, developing a fundraising plan, and liaising with universities, governments, and other organizations.

Jeroen Vetter BUS15 worked at anti-bullying start-up Bridg-it in New York. Bridg-it partners with schools, communities and organizations to address bullying and harassment with a comprehensive and compliant solution that cultivates safe, positive environments. Jeroen worked closely with the CEO to assess and develop new revenue streams and developed a go-to market strategy and pricing model for Bridg-it’s novel B2C product.

 

International Development

Robin Arnett SIPA/SW’16 worked for KadAfrica, a commercial passion fruit farm in Western Uganda which partners with out-of-school rural girls, training them to manage an agribusiness, and teaching entrepreneurship, financial management, and gender equality. In addition, KadAfrica also purchases the fruit grown by the girls, offering fair market prices that would not be available in the local marketplace. As an intern, Robin conducted monitoring and evaluation and developed curriculum. 

Caleb Ballou BUS/SIPA ’16 worked on the Rockefeller Foundation's Program Related Investments (PRI) Fund team. PRIs are impact investments used by the Foundation to forward their program objectives across multiple initiatives including debt, equity and guarantees. Caleb worked towards closing several major investments (>$10 million deployed) in growing and impactful organizations domiciled in emerging markets from Africa to China.

Justine Calma JRN’15 was a global health fellow for the GroundTruth Project in Boston, Massachusetts. The GroundTruth Project seeks to build the capacity for freedom of expression in developing countries around the world by helping to train a new generation of correspondents who can work together across different media platforms and cultural backgrounds. Since 2011, in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation, The GroundTruth Project has become a leader in global health coverage. Justine will contribute to an in‐depth, multimedia special report on infectious disease preparedness after the 2014 response to Ebola.

Kwadwo Frimpong SIPA’16 interned during the launch of a new impact investing fund (facilitated by Microequity Investments and other shareholders) that seeks to finance microfinance and solar energy businesses in underserved communities across Africa and Asia. By providing capital to these businesses, the company seeks to alleviate energy poverty in local communities. Kwadwo collaborated closely with the company’s cofounders to launch the fund by developing investment profiles of target companies, their business models, and macroeconomic environments. He also conducted research related to financial inclusion and clean energy access and built a set of social and environmental metrics to measure their community impact on the ground.

Lewit Gemeda CC’18 is a Columbia College first-year pursuing a degree in Political Science and Human Rights. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Lewit developed an interest in global sustainable aid and development at an early age. Over the summer, Lewit interned at Global Citizen, a nonprofit which works to understand the political and socioeconomic context of today’s most pressing issues (hunger, health, human rights, sanitation), and works to alleviate these issues. Interning for Global Citizen this summer allowed Lewit to gain hands-on experience in understanding of the daily functions of a nonprofit in in order to apply these skills to a lifetime goal of starting a nonprofit.

Kirsty Gray SIPA’16 worked as an Acción Ambassador for Zoona, a for-profit mobile money payments company in Zambia. Zoona provides underserved communities with a means to send and receive money without relying on family networks. Simultaneously, Zoona creates impact by offering a profitable opportunity for emerging entrepreneurs to serve their communities as Zoona Agents. Kirsty’s role contributed to Zoona’s expansion strategy of tripling the number of agents in Zambia by 2016. She was tasked with helping Zoona understand the agent dropout rate through a combination of data analysis and agent interviews. She also helped develop a tool for monitoring performance and agent training tools, including an agent profitability guide.

Olivia Hanrahan-Soar BUS16 worked with Acción Venture Lab in Washington D.C. and East Africa. Acción Venture Lab is a nonprofit investment fund that provides patient seed capital and operating support to financial inclusion start-ups in emerging markets, improving financial access for people living in poverty. Olivia worked with Venture Lab’s portfolio engagement team to support one of the organization's investee companies in East Africa, helping to maximize its chances of success and its social impact.

Clémence Michelsen SIPA’16 worked with One Acre Fund, a social enterprise that invests in smallholder farmers in East Africa to generate a permanent gain in farm income. One Acre Fund provides a complete service bundle of seeds and fertilizer, financing, training and market facilitation, and delivers these services within walking distance of the 200,000 rural farmers they serve. Clémence performed research and analysis to support the growth of One Acre Fund’s finance function - for example, research on how to leverage mobile technology for One Acre Fund’s outreach, and analyzed the company’s data to provide business intelligence.

Zong Peng BUS15 worked with South Pacific Business Development (SPBD), a network of microfinance organizations that works in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and the Solomon Islands dedicated to eradicating poverty by empowering women in poor rural villages with the opportunity to start, grow, and maintain sustainable, income generating micro-enterprises. Zong worked with SPBD’s executive team and Fiji country manager to develop a business plan to launch an SPBD branded insurance company in Fiji, as well as a two-year strategic product roadmap. Short-term, the business plan will help SPBD Fiji secure a loan from Fiji Development Bank. Long-term, the product roadmap will help SPBD explore the viabilities of launching new insurance products.

 

Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility

 

Jillian Bunting BUS’16, Meghana Reddy SIPA’17 and Alex Wang BUS’16 worked for the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing as part of the Sustainable Investing Fellowship summer associates.

Felipe Bustamante BUS16 worked for Solar Mosaic, an online provider of residential loans, in their effort to pilot a project to finance off-grid customers in rural Africa. As part of Mosaic’s new Energy Access Lending Program team, Felipe analyzed the pay-as-you-go solar market and helped develop financing solutions to address the working capital challenges faced by off-grid solar providers. He also worked on assessing different models of credit assessment for base-of-the-pyramid customer and structuring deals with providers, supporting Mosaic’s effort to reach the one billion people that currently rely on Kerosene and other costly and unsafe forms of energy.

Abhishek Dash SEAS’15, Benjamin Milbank SEAS’15, Shruti V Sane SEAS’15, Sergio Scramin SEAS’15, Bonnie Tran SEAS’15, and Bruno Zappo BUS’16 interned at BlocPower, an organization that works with community leaders and institutions to assemble multiple nonprofits, houses of worship, schools, small businesses or multi-family residences in financially underserved communities into a “Bloc” of potential retrofits. As the Project Coordinator intern, Abhishek played a key role for BlocPower’s growing efficiency and clean energy development business and improvement of energy assessment processes. With a focus on liaising between colleagues and external clients, he ensured the provision of viable economic solutions. He managed feasibility studies for a specific project, assisting in the coordination of all partners throughout the entire project lifecycle. Benjamin’s project was the development of the engineering aspects and feasibility of these projects, developing energy efficient systems for the project to proceed. As a Project Engineer, Shruti played a key role in project development for BlocPower’s growing energy efficiency and clean energy development business and the development of their energy assessment process, while working closely with the entire BlocPower team to drive technical assistance and make preliminary technology deployment decisions. Sergio spent his summer on a project building an infrastructure to scale the business operation from project origination, project finance, and construction management in order to decrease the costs of traditional energy assessments and thus becoming able to offer high quality services while keeping the budget as low as possible. As a Project Engineer, Bonnie, performed building feasibility studies and used the results to determine the most cost-effective combination of energy efficient retrofit measures. Under the design phase she consulted technical sales personnel, analyzed technical specifications and selected equipment as she saw fit. Following this, Bonnie coordinated with her clients, colleagues,and trade professionals to secure price quotes for project financing. 

Lindsay Delevingne BUS16 interned at Eos Energy Storage in the company’s business development function. Located in NYC, Eos is an early-stage company developing a novel low-cost battery for the electric grid. Such battery storage technology has the potential to revolutionize how the grid operates, for example, by allowing much greater use of renewable wind and solar power. Lindsay helped Eos scale from the pilot to commercial stage by building strategy and partnerships with customers, manufacturers and other partners.

Tessa Flippin ’16 interned with Compadre in Lima, Peru.  Compadre distributes solar powered coffee roasters to rural Peruvian coffee farmers aiming to promote economic growth and create sustainable roasting processes. Tessa managed strategic partnerships for Compadre in Lima. She was responsible for developing key relationships with distributors in the city. Tessa completed market analyses to identify prospective sales partners, structured operational and financial plans and delivered strategic recommendations for implementation. Tessa’s work with Compadre helped to improve the lives of rural coffee producers by defining sales channels for product distribution.

Manuel Hein BUS16 interned with Coffee Circle, a B-Corp based out of Berlin, Germany, revolutionizing fair trade principles in the coffee market. Sourcing from organic farming in Ethiopia, the company donates 1 Euro per kilogram of coffee back to specific projects in the cooperatives of farmers. With the impact of the donations clearly visible, measurable and tangible, Coffee Circle improves living conditions of Ethiopian coffee farmers and their families sustainably. Over the course of his internship, Manuel developed Coffee Circle’s B2B Sales Playbook. This involved testing and implementing both an outbound and inbound sales process, and setting up a customer relationship management (CRM) system.

Cynthia Herrera EI’16 interned with White Roof Project (WRP), which coats urban black tar roofs with a white solar-reflective paint that immediately reduces temperatures inside the structure and out. WRP identifies and funds nonprofit and low-income rooftops, painting them with an all-volunteer labor force. They help for-profit buildings, communities and homeowners complete their own projects in NYC, cities across the U.S., and via partners in more than 10 countries. Cynthia worked closely with the Executive Director of WRP on data-driven branding. Her responsibilities included: developing a proposal for corporate social responsibility strategies, monitoring energy efficiency systems for black tar versus white solar-reflective painted roofs, and the research of building identification for weatherization. Using her theoretical knowledge on sustainability, she applied practices to quantify, measure, and benchmark WRP’s progress.

Dyanna Salcedo BUS/SIPA’15 worked at Five Acre Farms, a social enterprise dedicated to supporting a vibrant community of local farmers, suppliers, and distributors while also expanding access to locally and sustainably sourced food throughout the northeast region of the US. Dyanna worked alongside the executive leadership team on two strategic initiatives. The first was a landscape assessment for grocery store analytics platforms with the objective of recommending how Five Acre Farms might efficiently gather, analyze, and synthesize data related to its product performance across its network of distributors. The second was a comprehensive market research project that assessed the competitive landscape and growth opportunities for Five Acre Farms within some of its existing product lines.

Francesca Tarant BUS16 interned with Context America in its New York office as a Summer Consultant Intern. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and London, Context is a consultancy firm specializing in corporate sustainability strategy and communications. As a 2015 Summer Consulting Intern, Francesca was responsible for benchmarking sustainability reports and strategies across a range of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues, conducting research on sustainability issues, engaging with clients on sustainability issues, and writing blog posts, case studies and other client CSR communications.