Experiential Learning

Career Insights and Exploration

Career Insights and Exploration (CIX) trips are three-day pre-term immersion programs offered in energy, marketing, and technology and held in the San Francisco Bay area. Participating students receive a unique and in-depth view into MBA-level roles in these areas, recruiting insights, and a chance to network with alumni and second-year students before starting their first year at Tuck.

Energy Case Competitions

Case competitions allow students to apply the business skills and industry knowledge they develop throughout their MBA program, to effectively analyze the most significant challenges facing today’s energy industry. Case teams often train with a Case Coach (current 2nd year Fellows) to prepare for these events. The events also provide opportunities to interact with corporate executives and recruiters from major companies, as well as students from other top business schools.

Speaker Series

A speaker series is an integral component to experiential learning. It facilitates a deeper understanding of discrete challenges across the energy sector, and allows for an opportunity to hear from Tuck alumni and other experts working in the field. Past speakers have included:

  • October 14, 2016. Daniel Reicher, Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy, Policy and Finance at Stanford University. Topic: “Energy and Society.”
  • September 14, 2016. Elyse Allen, President & CEO, GE Canada.
  • May 5, 2016. Mary Powell, CEO, Green Mountain Power. Topic: “Becoming an Energy Company: A New Business of Model Utilities.”
  • April 25, 2016. David Hone, Climate Change Advisor, Shell. Topic:  “Climate Change and the Road Ahead: Perspectives from the Oil and Gas Sector” (joint with Business and Society).
  • April 19, 2016. Marcus Norton T’09, Chief Partnerships Officer, CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project). Topic:  “Climate Change and the Road Ahead: Corporate Disclosure and Resource Stewardship”, an overview of the impacts of the Paris Agreements on businesses and investors.
  • March 31, 2016. Thad Hill T’95, CEO, Calpine. Topic: “Investing and Operating in Restructured Electricity Markets.”

Local Experiential Site Visits

Arguably the most hands-on component of experiential learning, local site visits facilitate a much deeper understanding of and exposure to the energy sector. Students have the opportunity to see first-hand what various energy generation and delivery technologies look like. These visits also provide an opportunity to ask challenging questions and to learn about trends, challenges, and opportunities from professionals working in the space. This exposure helps students refine their focus during their MBA, and to hone in on potential career pathways. Past visits have included:

  • Pre-orientation CIX (Career Insight Expedition) to the Bay Area (see above)
  • Student-designed career treks to Utah, Texas, Boston, New York City, and Alberta, Canada
  • Company-led tours of solar and wind farms in NH and VT
  • Shadowing opportunities at firms ranging from private equity to energy technology