Student Opportunities 2019- Summer 2020

Research Positions

Research Opportunities Fall 2019 | UC Berkeley 

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 2019 Graduate Research Program. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and close on Friday, September 6th. 

Research Assistants will work with Professor 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 

Field Placements

Spring 2020 | Field Placement | Santiago, Chile

Third-year JD students Elvia Lopez and Sean Litteral spent the Spring semester working in Santiago, Chile for a nonprofit organization – Iniciativa de Sostenibilidad Legal Corporativa (“ISLC”). ISLC was founded by a Berkeley LLM alumnus. Its mission is to help Latin American businesses embrace corporate responsibility and empower inside counsel with the necessary knowledge and tools related to corporate governance and compliance 

Elvia and Sean worked with ISLC on issues related to corporate responsibility and compliance and engage with companies based in Latin America. 

More information about Elvia’s and Sean’s experiences and our Spring 2020 field placement forthcoming.

Summer Internships

Summer 2020 | 1L In House Counsel Position in Corporate Sustainability

The Business in Society Institute collaborates with companies that lead in sustainability. This research will be incorporated into a variety of publications & mediums. Past internships include:

One month in the Arlington, VA Office (See office address here) under the guidance of General Counsel Daniel Nugent and members of his team.

One month in the Vevey, Switzerland Office (See office address here) under the guidance of General Counsel Zone Americas, Esteban Mezzano and members of his team.

Areas of focus have included an analysis of emerging sustainability issues. One key issue the interns have worked on is analyzing how to overcome the legal and regulatory hurdles to help Nestlé achieve its goal to reduce its use of plastics, including using all recyclable and reusable packaging by 2025, described here

Thank you for your interest in the 1L In House Counsel Position in Corporate Sustainability. The application for Summer 2019 is now closed and will re-open here, for Summer 2020 in January. More information on Summer 2020s opportunities forthcoming.  


Student Field Placements 2019


Elvia Lopez | UC Berkeley School of Law | 3L

Elvia Lopez is a third-year at Berkeley Law. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles and received a master’s in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the London School of Economics and Political Science. While at Berkeley, she has participated in the New Business Practicum, International Human Rights Law Clinic, and the California Asylum Representation Project. Following graduation, she will clerk for Justice Daniel Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court and the Honorable Haywood S. Gilliam in the Northern District of California. Elvia and Sean spent Spring 2019 in Santiago, Chile assisting the nonprofit, Iniciativa de Sostenibilidad Legal Corporativa.

Sean Litteral | UC Berkeley, School of Law | 3L

Sean Litteral is third-year at Berkeley Law. He is a member of the Berkeley Law Environmental Law Clinic and has served as a Senior Editor for the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Berkeley Journal of African American Law and Policy. While at Berkeley Law, he also served as a research assistant for Professor Karen Tani and law clerk for the Special Litigation Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. He holds a master’s in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he focused on international trade relations. Prior to his graduate studies, Sean was a Teach for America Corp Member, a Congressional Fellow for the U.S. House, and a Legislative Intern for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. Following graduation, he will clerk for Justice Susan M. Carney of the Alaska Supreme Court.