BIS Consulting program is run between the Center for Responsible Business and the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative. BIS links 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.
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.
BIS 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. Types of projects include: market assessment, go-to-market strategy, policy research, investment analysis, scenario planning and impact assessment.