Student: Samir Das, MBA 13.
Interning with: Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), San Francisco, Customer Energy Solutions (CES) organization. "CES provides integrated energy solutions designed to help customers save energy and money."
Thrilled because: "I get a first-hand look at the energy industry from a utilities' perspective, being at the center of energy supply and demand in California."
Can’t believe he’s getting the chance to: Work on incentives to help millions of PG&E customers be more energy efficient. "I am working on a roadmap for high-efficiency HVAC technologies to determine which ones PG&E should incentivize by providing customer rebates."
Already he's learned: How important networking is. "PG&E like any large organization has challenges with communication between different groups. It is critical to know people in the right places to successfully complete strategic cross-company projects." Das says that thanks to the large Haas alumni network, "It has been easy to get to know people in different groups and get my project off to a good start."
The Berkeley MBA toolkit: Das calls the concept of leading without authority, introduced by Don Moore in the Leading People class, "one of the most valuable lessons for my internship experience."
Inside PG & E: "The great community of Haas alums at PG&E are always there to help new Haasies navigate their internships and full-time rotations."
Advancing career goals by: “Getting a first-hand look at how energy is produced, transported, and delivered to customers and how we are moving towards a renewable and sustainable energy consumption path in the future.”