Deliver transformative impact

We are in the business of difference making. Our students are at the core of everything we do. To build stronger external partnerships, we enhance connections among faculty, our centers of excellence, academic programs and hands-on learning experiences. Doing so will help us seize opportunities to solve important business, sustainability, and community challenges.

Our partnership projects include group research of best practices and trends in environmental, social, and governance (ESG), sustainable business practices projects that conclude with a final deliverable presentation and executive summary. Partnership sponsors choose a project topic relevant to their company.

Gain insights from the next generation of business professionals

Tap into the talent and knowledge of our students, who work on identifying, researching, proposing and/or implementing solutions for real ESG business problems faced by client organizations. Offered as part of core-required coursework, partnership projects are completed under the guidance of a faculty member, and are sponsored by organizations that have a clearly defined business challenge and a vested interest in the outcome.

Palumbo-Donahue School of Business students have completed more than 150 ESG consulting projects, applying their skills in finance, business strategy, marketing, information systems and supply chain management to help client organizations with specific business challenges.

Examples of previous partnership projects include:

  • Business plan development
  • Business process improvement
  • Carbon emissions inventory
  • Competitive analysis
  • Customer research
  • ESG benchmarking
  • Financial supplier health analysis
  • Market structure analysis
  • New business feasibility evaluation
  • Systems design and analysis
  • Sustainable business practices
  • Sustainable supply chain management
  • Sustainability reporting
  • Technology strategy development
  • Utilities hedging strategy
  • Web/mobile app development

How to Apply

Projects typically last one semester. Applications are accepted in the late spring and early summer for the fall semester and late fall for the spring semester. For more information or to apply for a project, contact Karen Russo Donovan, Sr. Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Executive Education.


Our Partners

We partner with a wide range of institutions from fledgling start-ups to small and medium businesses to non-profit organizations to Fortune 500 corporations.  

We look forward to working with new and existing partners on a project delivering transformative ESG impacts.

MNC's Regional Govt. and NGO's
Alcoa CNX Corp Allegheny Conference
Bayer Duquesne Light City of Pittsburgh
FedEx Ground Eat 'n Park Green Building Alliance
HeinzKraft EverPower PA Environmental Council
PPG Giant Eagle PA Resources Council
PwC Highmark Sustainable Pittsburgh
UPMC PNC Bank Venture Outdoors
Westinghouse Tsudis WMCA of Greater Pittsburgh