The Center for Business & Society has recently announced a “Bonus for Service” Fellowship award to two graduates of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth who have taken jobs in the public and nonprofit sectors.
The Tuck School makes supporting funds available to graduating students who take positions with qualifying nonprofit, non-governmental or public sector organizations, contributing MBA-relevant value and expertise in their new roles.
Pete Gauthier T’13 will use the award to supplement his salary with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where he will be working as an Investment Officer and General Business Specialist with the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment. Gauthier will focus primarily on Asia and the Middle East to help promote the goals and missions of USAID.
“One of my main roles will be working with the Credit Development Authority to promote business growth in emerging markets,” Gauthier said. “When I applied to Tuck, I wrote my admissions essays about working in emerging markets, and using my business experience and my Tuck education to help business develop in emerging economies and third world countries. I’ve always wanted to work in the public sector, and this program provides a unique and exciting opportunity to enter the public sector and have an immediate impact.”
Steven Abbott T’13 will be working as an Analyst at the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). RMI is dedicated to research, publication, consulting, and lecturing in the field of sustainability, with a special focus on profitable innovations for energy and resource efficiency. It helps companies, governments and other organizations find ways to bring new solutions to fruition. RMI’s analysts work with other team members from a variety of backgrounds such as engineering and architecture to conduct analyses and address energy challenges.
Abbott says that working at RMI will allow him to pursue his dream of helping innovate and implement new programs to reduce the nation’s dependence upon fossil fuel. During the summer of 2012, Abbott worked at a wind energy development company to learn the basics of the industry. After working in the energy space, he realized that reinventing energy systems would require an unprecedented collaboration between all stakeholders, including governments, regulators, businesses, and local populations. “This realization led me to RMI,” he said.
The Center for Business & Society’s Fellowship Program can be compared to a loan forgiveness program. Recipients have used it to pay off loans as well as provide needed cash to transition to their new jobs. Participants commit to giving back to Tuck by writing about their work, participating in career related workshops or panels, and by mentoring future Fellows.
“The work of the public and nonprofit sectors is immensely important to people across the globe, and the Fellowship Program helps to support that work,” said Pat Palmiotto, Executive Director of the Center for Business and Society. “These organizations can benefit greatly from business models. We’re delighted to provide Pete and Steven with support to supplement their salaries.”