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Bauer student selected for climate internship


A UH student has been selected for the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps internship program for the first time in the program’s history.

Gayan Gunawardana, a full time Bauer MBA student, is currently working at Dave and Buster’s for the ten-week internship.

“(The) Climate Corps program places MBA students in prestigious host companies to help those companies discover energy savings,” Gunawardana said. “This is the first time that UH (Bauer) is represented. I feel that it is a good opportunity to create some positive buzz about UH and Bauer and highlight its ascending up to the top tiers of universities in the country.”

The EDF conducts presentations at various business colleges and also posts the internship on MBA career sites. There is a very extensive selection process and after the evaluations the best candidates are offered internships at host companies, according to the internships website.

“We look for resourceful self-starters with strong financial skills and environmental passion to represent the EDF in participating companies,” said marketing associate, Katie Ware. “Gayan clearly fit the bill, and we’re happy to have him on board this summer.”

The EDF seeks top MBA students with analytical and project management backgrounds who are excited to make an impact through energy efficiency in corporate America.

“While hundreds of students from the nation’s top business schools applied to be the EDF Climate Corps fellows this year, Gayan’s background, skills and professional qualifications made him a top candidate for the program. He will be one of 57 EDF Climate Corps finding energy efficiency opportunities in corporate America this summer,” Ware said.

At Dave and Buster’s, Gunwardana helps them to reduce energy by increasing the energy efficiency in their 50 plus stores.

“The ultimate goal is to increase energy efficiency, leading to increased profitability and reduced emission of harmful greenhouse gases while providing the same great customer satisfaction,” Gunwardana said.

Gunwardana hasn’t been there that long, but so far he is enjoying it.

“It is only my first week but I already love what I am doing,” Gunwardana said. “I am really excited to be working at Dave and Buster’s and also making a positive impact on the environment.”

For more information on how to apply and to see a list of the companies visit edfclimatecorps.org.

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