The Fuqua School of Business and EDGE provide comprehensive support to MBA and joint-degree students interested in pursuing Energy & Environment careers after graduation. Through industry-specific networking events and conferences, on-campus recruiting, peer mentoring, and individual student career coaching, Fuqua career development activities are vertically aligned with companies in the energy and environment sectors. Our career programs are aimed at developing not just short-term internship and employment prospects, but also long-term career success in the industry for our graduates.

Career Management Center

Among its large team of career services professionals serving all students, Fuqua’s Career Management Center has dedicated specialists who provide support focused on Energy & Environment careers.  Read more about Susan McClanahan, Sector Director for Energy Sector Careers, and Mackenzie Sullivan, Sector Director for Social Impact & Sustainability Careers.


In addition to resume reviews, interviewing skills, and other general career programming, Fuqua offers programming specifically tailored for Energy & Environment students–often offered in partnership between the Career Management Center, EDGE, and relevant student clubs like the MBA Energy Club and Net Impact Club.  Highlights include:

  • Energy Career Intensive workshop and Sustainability & Social Impact Career Intensive workshop (Fall)
  • “Spark” Energy Career Fair, Power Lunches, and Energy Boot Camp (Fall)
  • “Week in Cities” treks focused on energy and/or sustainability (locations vary) (Fall and Winter breaks)
  • Lunch-and-learns and career panels on energy and sustainability careers (Throughout the year)

Example Careers

Duke MBA graduates go on to work in management careers in firms across the entire energy value chain—from majors like Chevron and ExxonMobil, to renewable energy companies like SunPower and Cypress Creek, to electric utilities like Duke Energy and PG&E. Our graduates also work in finance and energy trading roles with investment banks, private equity firms, and venture capital firms; energy-focused management consulting roles with firms like ScottMadden and Accenture Strategy Energy; and leadership rotational programs with Siemens, BASF, and ABB.

Graduates who are passionate about managing sustainability impacts have gone on to corporate sustainability positions with companies like Levi Strauss, Land O’Lakes, and Carnival Cruises, or to positions in sustainability consulting, environmental conservation, or brand management for mission-driven businesses and B Corporations.

EDGE Support

At Fuqua, you’ll get a wide range of support for your job search from both the Career Management Center and EDGE.  Our staff and faculty have deep networks in the practitioner world through our connections with alumni, EDGE Advisory Board members, EDGE Seminar speakers, and our personal networks across the energy value chain and corporate sustainability realm. We bring these networks to bear to help students develop meaningful relationships with industry decision-makers for project opportunities during the academic year as well as recruiting opportunities.  Both EDGE Executive Director Dan Vermeer and EDGE Managing Director Katie Kross work to help connect students with energy and sustainability industry connections.