General Motors seeks Penn State students for sustainability advisory council

November 05, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — General Motors is seeking Penn State students to serve a two-year term on its Student Sustainability Advisory Council (SSAC), beginning January 2016.

The purpose of the SSAC is to facilitate engagement between university graduate students and GM on sustainability issues. This council complements the engagement with the Ceres External Advisory Group — a group of key external stakeholders such as investors, non-governmental organizations, and academic experts who provide perspective on GM’s sustainability efforts, as well as emerging trends on issues in this space.

GM’s SSAC is intended to gain input from students on its sustainability strategy, priorities, and actionable ideas using a sustainability “lens” for its business to improve the bottom-line, increase the top-line and reduce risks.

GM will engage with participating students through a series of conference calls, subject-matter seminars and mentorship opportunities. By providing students with access to research and employees directly involved in the company’s sustainability efforts, GM hopes to foster a holistic understanding of its commitments, strategy and road ahead. The first year of SSAC will have five council members, adding five additional members next year.

Students will gain a spot on the premier council of its kind at GM, GM mentors for professional guidance and career advice, completion of multiple projects under the realm of sustainability that have the potential to be published, professional exposure and experience, and a network of both professionals at GM and peers across the U.S.

If interested in applying, students should send a one-page resume, along with a 500-word essay on their background and why they would like to serve on the council. Application materials should be emailed to with the student’s last name and “GM SSAC” in the subject line. 

Deadline to apply is Nov. 20, and selection will begin promptly on Dec. 7. This opportunity is open to Penn State students of all majors.

Last Updated November 09, 2015