MBA Internships: Pacific Gas & Electric


Samir Das, MBA 13, (l.) on a tour of PG&E's Gateway Natural Gas Power Plant in Vacaville.


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.”

About The Author

From 2011-2013, Valerie Gilbert focused on sharing stories of Berkeley MBA student achievements and connection to the Haas Defining Principles. At Haas since 2004 and now Associate Director of Content Marketing, she still enjoys revealing the different facets of life at Berkeley-Haas to a variety of audiences.