Wharton ESG Integration Projects (WEIP)

Experiential education in Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) integration through real-world consulting projects with partner asset owners, asset managers, consultancies, and corporations.

Selected students will serve as WEIP associates, working in cross-disciplinary teams with partners and ESG Initiative staff to help answer some of the most pertinent questions in ESG today and to gain exposure to industry leaders.

The Details

While most of the learning is “on-the-job,” students will also receive basic training in ESG topics and be invited to seminars with industry experts to supplement their knowledge.

Here are some examples of the types of projects we expect Associates to work on:

  • Help a private equity group analyze the materiality of racial equity in its underlying holdings
  • Assist a hedge fund in quantifying the negative externalities of plastic pollution for one of its proposed investments
  • Advise a pension plan in preparing its ESG disclosure framework given its holdings in the US, EU, and Asia

Student Associates will prepare reports or presentations of their findings and will present their final deliverable to Partner staff.

  • Who is eligible to participate? What are the skills needed?
    Wharton undergraduate and graduate students. We select students from all disciplines to form extraordinary consulting teams. Exceptional analytical and communication skills, together with a client orientation, are a prerequisite. Please see the application form for complete eligibility details.
  • What are the application deadlines/submission instructions?
    Applications for Spring 2023 opened November 21, 2022. The priority deadline closed December 4, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET and the final deadline closed December 19, 2022 at 11:59p.m. ET. We will be accepting applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis. The process is expected to be competitive.
  • How long is the program? What is the time commitment?
    WEIP is a one-semester program with a time commitment of 8 hours per week. Students will work in teams and regularly interface with staff at partner asset owners, asset managers, consultancies, and corporates. Teams will be supervised by ESG Initiative staff with investment experience.

Questions? Contact: Jay Corbin