After a year of coursework, all Impact MBA students will complete a summer fellowship that provides the opportunity to directly apply what you learn in the classroom at a company or organization.
Fellowships are a minimum of 400 hours from June to August and are paid positions with companies seeking the specialized skillsets of Impact MBA students. Students have three options to fulfill the 3-credit hour fellowship requirement.
- Be matched with an organization that has submitted a project proposal to the Impact MBA program.
- Apply for an external fellowship opportunity like the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corp Fellowship,
- Arrange your own placement.
The summer fellowship is a critical part of the Impact MBA program and pairs students with businesses in Colorado and beyond. As part of the fellowships, students will guide these organizations as they embrace the concept of sustainable business and realize the value that it has to offer.
To provide a sense of what types of projects you’ll be working on, we’ve highlighted five partner organizations where students helped contribute to key sustainability initiatives. Fellowships like these provide our students with hands-on experience and the opportunity to make a difference by utilizing the skills they’re learning in the classroom.
As electric vehicles command more space in the automobile market, Lightning eMotors is taking a unique approach. Rather than developing new vehicles, Lightning is offering fleet managers the tools to convert their gas and diesel vehicles into electric-powered vehicles. Lightning’s products lower fleet operating costs and increase safety, all while supporting the environment.
As the world’s top mozzarella cheese producer, Leprino Foods believes that corporate sustainability can create value for all its stakeholders. Through its Global Responsibility Initiative, Leprino makes sustainability a priority and promotes a better future for its customers and community stakeholders.
The only thing that Montanya Distillers is more dedicated to than its rum is the planet and its community. The distillery places environmental and social responsibility at the front of its operations. They believe that businesses have a say in how the world works and how it can address critical challenges like climate change and racial injustice.
City of Fort Collins
A quick trip through Fort Collins will show any visitor how much the city cherishes its outdoor spaces and natural resources. Sustainability is woven into the City’s strategy and stewardship is one of the core values. A variety of City services and departments help to uphold high standards in six key areas: water, land, air/climate, resilience, zero waste and employee engagement.
As a leader in the beverage industry, PepsiCo has made sustainability a business imperative. Thanks to its global standing, extensive network of suppliers and dedication to sustainability, PepsiCo is well-positioned to influence the competitive landscape of the food and beverage industry. The company is driving scientific innovation, elevating indigenous approaches to regeneration, and promoting equity across its supply chain to become a leader in sustainability.
To address the most pressing challenges in your community, you’ll need an interdisciplinary perspective. That’s why the Impact MBA engages experts in greenhouse gas accounting, water, climate change, and sustainability to teach and share best practices.
Your electives in this program engage experts outside of the College of Business and across the Colorado State University campus.
Apply for an Impact MBA Summer Fellow
Accelerate your organization’s progress on sustainability goals by applying for a corporate sustainability fellowship student from our top-ranked Impact MBA program.
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