The annual Sustainability Career Boot Camp, hosted by the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, provides Stern undergraduate students with an intensive training program to prepare them for a variety of sustainability-oriented careers. The students will learn concepts such as applying a sustainability lens to problem-solving, developing sustainability strategies, understanding key tools and frameworks related to sustainability, and exploring different career paths in the sustainability field.
2021 Sustainability Career Boot CampApplications for 2021 Boot Camp will open in January 2021.
About the 2020 Bootcamp with HSBCIn February 2020, the Center for Sustainable Business hosted its third annual Sustainability Career Boot Camp for undergraduate students.
Session on Careers in Sustainability: Students learned what different career paths in sustainability look like and how sustainability applies across industries. We walked through various career development topics, such as in-person and online networking, how to search for jobs, resume optimization, and related in- and out-of-classroom opportunities at Stern.
HSBC Career Panel: HSBC representatives spoke to elements of sustainability and ESG throughout the firm, such as green bonds, ESG integration in the asset management division, renewable energy financing work, and corporate sustainability. A representative from HSBC Human Resources spoke to opportunities for undergraduate students and the recruitment process.
World Climate and World Energy Simulation: HSBC representatives from its Corporate Sustainability team walked students through a climate simulation, followed by report-outs from students and discussion of applications for HSBC’s business lines.
Students learned answers to questions like: What is a career in sustainable business? What jobs should I look for and where do I look? How can I develop relevant skills at Stern? How can I start networking now?
About the 2019 Bootcamp with HSBCIn February 2019, the Center for Sustainable Business hosted its second annual Sustainability Career Boot Camp for undergraduate students. The agenda included a foundational lecture on topics including sustainability materiality, strategy and communications, business model innovation, business case for sustainability, and career pathways and navigation. After a lunch break, students enjoyed a career panel featuring representatives from HSBC and then participated in a case exercise sponsored and led by the HSBC team.
"The presence of HSBC made me more confident in my contributions. I felt I had certain ideas that, from my own experience, were useful in the case, and the team gave us insight as to how they manage to solve these issues on a daily basis. They also gave us feedback that allowed us to reflect on our work and see the pros and cons of our decision making." - Cristian Cortes (BS '22)
Read the recap by student participants Cristian Cortes (BS '22) and Hannah Goh (BS '20).
About the 2018 Bootcamp with PwCThe inaugural Sustainability Career Boot Camp in March 2018 included a case competition sponsored by PwC. The first half of the program consisted of a presentation explaining the benefits of sustainability in business and how for-profit businesses can thrive in a competitive setting while still creating shared value. The students worked in groups to create sustainable solutions for certain industries and presented them to the class. The second half of the program consisted of a panel of professionls in business whose careers are related to sustainability. After the panel, students were allowed an hour to pepare presentations that were then shown to actual employees of PwC.
Read a recap by student participant Paige Yoo (BS '21).