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Here is the interview with the Admissions Office and Career Development Office at Yale SOM.
What kind of background and skills do you like to see in applicants expressing interest in a career in environmental management/sustainability?
Yale SOM seeks candidates with a clear and demonstrated interest in environmental management and sustainable business practice. Ideal applicants will have a mix of private sector experience coupled with exposure to the nonprofit and/or public sectors. Desired skill sets include strategic management, ability to influence senior management, and analytical skills. Technical skills in the environmental/science area are a plus.
What aspects of Yale’s curriculum are best suited to students who want to eventually pursue a career in environmental management/sustainability?
In addition to the core curriculum, students can declare an ‘emphasis’ in environmental management. There are numerous courses of interest, including the Public and Private Management of the Environment, Environmental Management and Strategic Advantage, Energy Markets Strategy, Private Investment and the Environment, and Valuing the Environment. In addition, Yale SOM students are able to enroll in classes at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science to further develop their skills and expertise in this area.
Which school clubs, programs, and extra-curricular events are most relevant to people interested in environmental management/sustainability?
The most relevant student professional clubs include the Business and the Environment Club, the Energy Club, and Yale SOM Net Impact. There are additional ways to participate in environmental management activities through Yale’s Center for Business and the Environment, and/or via the School of Forestry and Environmental Science.
Since “environmental management/sustainability” is a very broad term, can you break down some of the some of the sub-categories in the field that Yale SOM excels in?
Yale SOM excels in the functions of Environmental Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. Other related areas of expertise include Carbon Finance, Sustainability Consulting, Renewable Energy, and Green Real Estate.
Which organizations recruit at Yale SOM for environmental management/sustainable development? How many graduates of your 2010 class received offers in this field?
The Career Development Office has built strong relationships with employers considered leaders in environmental sustainability. Students secure sustainability-related roles in a variety of industries for internships and full-time following graduation. A few of these employers include Environmental Defense Fund (particularly for their Climate Corps program), The Nature Conservancy, Nestle Waters, National Parks Service, Department of Energy, GE Renewable Energy, DuPont, Redstone Strategy, New York City’s Economic Development Corporation, and Tishman Speyer.
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