Summer Packard Foundation MBA Fellow Program (Green Infrastructure Investments)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Philadelphia, PA, United States 🇺🇸

The Summer Packard Foundation MBA Fellow Program recruits MBA students for high-impact summer positions with conservation organizations seeking to improve their triple bottom line. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has sponsored 104 students at 47 organizations since 2002. Many students have subsequently built green careers at nonprofits, social enterprises, and foundations, or as sustainability managers at major corporations. The staff of the MBA-Nonprofit Connection, which launched and ran the program for many years, was pleased to help transfer management of the program to California Environmental Associates in 2018.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 35 countries, all 50 states, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, its mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. NatureVest is the Conservancy’s impact capital division, launched to capitalize on the growing impact investment sector to foster innovative investments in conservation. NatureVest’s Green Infrastructure Investment Team aims to accelerate the use of green stormwater infrastructure —for example rain gardens, bioswales, and stormwater wetlands— within urban areas across North America by supporting the creation of policies and programs that attract private capital to finance these projects, by delivering projects under these programs and by undertaking original research to build upon the industries knowledge base. 


The Green Infrastructure Investment MBA Fellow will support TNC’s Green Infrastructure Program by first establishing key performance indicators (KPIs) linked to triple bottom line outcomes of green infrastructure projects, and linking these to cost models that consider the entire delivery process from pre-development through operations and maintenance. This will form the basis for a financial model and tool used to define the business case for investment in green infrastructure projects on private land. The MBA Fellow would work with state and local regulatory agencies and develop relationships with a variety landowners to discover opportunities for investors with the aim to create a full business model for an approved green infrastructure project or portfolio of projects. Ultimately, we hope that the outputs from the MBA Fellow’s work can be used to inform a public facing “Field Guide” to investing in green infrastructure which can be shared nationally and internationally to inform urban green infrastructure programs.


  • MBA candidate; programmatic financial focus or financial experience required
  • Professional background in stormwater or water management highly desirable
  • Self-starter, ability to work both as part of a team and independently
  • Excellent communications skills (written and verbal)
  • Previous consulting experience valuable


All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 19, 2018.

The Packard Foundation has partnered with California Environmental Associates (CEA) to manage the Summer MBA Fellow Program. E-mail cover letter and resume as separate pdf attachments to Eileen Ashton, Associate, at [email protected], labeled as follows:

NV, Infrastructure-[your last name]-Cover

NV, Infrastructure-[your last name]-Resume

In your cover letter, highlight aspects of your experience that are relevant for this job, and explain why you are interested in working with this organization. CEA will confirm receipt of your application and promptly forward it to your desired host organization. Please bypass your school’s automated application system, which may rename the attachments. Applicants must apply directly with CEA. Applications submitted directly to TNC only will not be considered.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.