Student Opportunities

Interested in Sustainable Business and Investment? Would you like to be at the forefront of research related to Corporate Sustainability? Then apply here for the Business in Society Institute’s Fall 2018 Graduate Research Program. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and close on Thursday, September 6th. 

Research Assistants will work with Professor Stavros Gadinis and Amelia Miazad on emerging topics in sustainability including how companies govern sustainability, trends in sustainable investing from mainstream investors, sustainability and its compatibility with Delaware Law, and increased corporate activity on social and political issues. Academic credit or pay options are available. This research will be incorporated into a law review article as well as shorter publications and practitioner-focused case studies. 

For more information please email Amelia Miazad, the Founding Director of the Business in Society Institute at 

Previous Student Opportunities

Fall 2017 | Field Placement | Santiago, Chile

Third-year JD students Ariana Schafer and Sarah Mirzai are spending the fall semester working in Santiago, Chile for the nonprofit, Iniciativa de Sostenibilidad Legal Corporativa, started by a Berkeley LLM alumnus. Its mission is to help Latin American businesses embrace corporate responsibility and to empower inside counsel.




Fall 2017 | Research Fellowship | Berkeley, California

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Third-year JD student Ben Toussant is spending the fall semester working with Professor Stavros Gadinis and Amelia Miazad. Ben’s research will focus on the fiduciary duties of boards to oversee sustainability and how that impacts the roles of the Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel. Ben’s research will inform our academic research in this emerging area.

Summer 2017 | Corporate Internship | Vevey, Switzerland

Second-year JD student Lauren Kelly-Jones spent the summer of 2017 working at Nestlé Global’s legal department in Vevey, Switzerland. Her work focused on innovation in supply chain management and how legal departments can help their companies manage their supply chains. 

Meet Our Students

Fall 2017 Field Placements | Santiago, Chile

  • Ariana Schafer

    • 3L

    Ariana is a third-year JD student studying Corporate Law. Prior to attending Boalt, she worked as a management consultant for PwC and received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University in Political Science. Arianna is publishing editor of the California Law Review, a Development Committee member on the Berkeley Business Law Journal, a Conference Committee member on the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law, a member of the Admissions Committee, and an Insite Fellow.

    Ariana and Sarah will be spending the semester working in Santiago, Chile for the nonprofit, Iniciativa de Sostenibilidad Legal Corporativa, started by a Berkeley LLM alumnus, Juan Ibanez, with the mission of helping Latin American businesses incorporate corporate social responsibility into their business models and empowering the role of the general counsel within these businesses to create social change.

  • Sarah Mirza

    • 3L

    Sarah is a third-year JD student studying International Human Rights Law. Prior to attending to law school, she worked with UNESCO and UNDP on issues of youth and women's empowerment in post-conflict societies, and she received her B.A. in Politics and M.P.A. in International Public Policy from NYU. Sarah is a member of the California Law Review, the International Human Rights Law Clinic, and is on the board of the International Refugee Assistance Project's Berkeley Chapter.

Fall 2017 Research Fellowship | Berkeley, California

  • Ben Toussant

    • 3L

    Ben attended The Ohio State University on a baseball scholarship, where he received a B.A. in Strategic Communication. After graduating, he joined the United States Navy where he spent nearly six years performing intelligence analysis focused on countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs) ⎯ a mission that included a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. Ben is now a 3L at Berkeley Law, where he is interested in research surrounding corporate social responsibility and social enterprise. He is also involved in providing free legal services to veterans through Berkeley Law’s Veterans Law Practicum and advising entrepreneurs with their new businesses through the Berkeley New Business Practicum. He was most recently a Summer Associate in the Corporate Practice Group of the law firm Fenwick & West.

    Ben is conducting research on how companies structure the governance of business in society issues, with a particular focus on the roles of the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officers.

Summer 2017 Corporate Internship | Nestlé, Vevey, Switzerland

  • Lauren Kelly-Jones

    Lauren Kelly-Jones

    • 2L
    • Vevey, Switzerland

    Lauren is a second year JD student. She is originally from Australia and the U.K., and graduated from the University of Chicago in 2014 with a B.A. in English Literature and Law, Letters & Society. For her 1L summer, Lauren interned in Nestlé's Legal Sustainability & Creating Shared Value group at its headquarters in Switzerland. At Nestlé, she developed a case study that explored the company's discovery of slave labor in its Thai fisheries supply chain and its decision to be transparent about that discovery and partner with an NGO to address it.

    Before law school, Lauren spent two years working as a legal analyst at Citigroup in New York, focusing on capital markets transactions. She is interested in international corporate law, and the challenges of corporate social responsibility.