Applications for Fall 2018 BIS are open now and due September 4th at midnight!
The BIS Consulting program works to link company projects with teams of interdisciplinary graduate students from the UC Berkeley campus. The program is dedicated to working with clients to address strategic opportunities or challenges relating to the energy and resource industry, and since 2018, we’re proud to expand our offerings to include corporate sustainability and sustainable investing, in partnership with the Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business.
Teams are designed to meet their clients’ needs with complementary areas of academic focus and past professional experience. The opportunity for students to collaborate across academic disciplines provides both a unique experience for student participants and a valuable perspective for BIS clients. These teams of 4-5 graduate students work between 5-8 hours per week per student as pro-bono consultants for one semester, or 8 to 10 weeks. Project tasks and deliverables are decided between the team and the client.
Our clients include large, well-known companies and local startups. Past clients of the BIS Consulting program include municipal organizations, venture capital firms, multinational conglomerates, independent power producers, and start-up companies. Past clients of the Center for Responsible Business include companies in the apparel, consumer goods, and investment sectors. Types of projects include: market assessment, go-to-market strategy, policy research, investment analysis, scenario planning and impact assessment.
BIS Consulting projects run twice annually, once in the Fall Semester (Sept. to Dec.)and once in the Spring Semester (Feb. to May) . The BIS Consulting Director team works with clients during Winter (Dec. to Jan.) and Summer (Aug. to Sept.) to help identify and scope project opportunities. Companies may submit multiple projects per semester and are encouraged to participate year-round. BIS Consulting cannot guarantee that the supply of students will match the demand of projects, but we do our best to make sure each client project receives a team of students.
For questions, please email: BIS@berc.berkeley.edu.