2019-2020 Student Opportunities

Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile


Fall 2019

Research Assistant Positions | UC Berkeley Campus

As an institute of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business (BCLB), the Business in Society Institute (BISI) serves law students through a variety of courses and programming. These include research opportunities that place students at the forefront of BISI’s thought leadership on corporate sustainability and compliance. 

Research Assistants will work with Professor Amelia Miazad, non-profits and other organizations 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. Student research will be incorporated into either a law review article, shorter publication or practitioner-focused case study. 

Descriptions for current student research opportunities can be found within the application, which will be considered on a rolling basis. Applications will close on Friday, September 6th. 

For more information, please email the Business in Society Institute at bisi@law.berkeley.edu


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 2020

1L In-House Counsel Positions in Corporate Sustainability | International or Domestic

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 have included:

-One month in the Arlington, VA office under the guidance of General Counsel Daniel Nugent and members of his team

-One month in the Vevey, Switzerland office 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. 

More information on opportunities for Summer 2020 is forthcoming, and the application for future opportunities will re-open in January 2020. 


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