We have charted a timeline that shows the lifecycle of the IBD course. You will apply during the first semester of your first year and the course commences the following spring. During the application process you are welcome to state preferences for a desired project type and location. Though we cannot guarantee an exact match, we will do our best to accommodate your requests.
You can expect to work closely with both your team and your faculty mentor. Upon culmination of the spring semester, you will travel to your project location for three weeks in-country, working directly with your client.
Note: The in-country dates are set well in advance of your admission into the program and cannot be changed, so please plan your summer internship accordingly.
|Application process. Students have the option of applying for the IBD program during the latter part of their first semester.|
|January||Class begins according to the academic calendar. You will find out your teammates as well as your project on the first day of class.|
|Letter of engagement signed. Your team works remotely, holding regular conference calls to ensure work is progressing according to client's needs.|
|May-June||You are on-site with your team for three weeks, in country, undertaking additional research for your project. Upon culmination of your three weeks, you will deliver the final presentation to the client on-site.|
|September||IBD Conference. Each team presents their project to the Berkeley-Haas community as well as current and prospective clients. Awards are granted.|
"To me — a student with a passion for life and biodiversity, and for making both sustainable — seeing the phrase "For Life. Forever." especially as it was left behind in a station on the other side of the world from Berkeley-Haas, warmed my heart. It made me know I was in the right class at Berkeley and working for the right organization."
Will Wright, MBA 2009.