Become Ratner’s ‘Apprentice’

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The Bruce Ratner-funded nonprofit organization BUILD treated six Columbia University MBA students to lunch and a pitch for a summer internship aimed at helping small businesses get their piece of the $3.5-billion Atlantic Yards pie.

The students appreciated the offer — and the brown-bag lunch.

“It seems like a way to get involved with the good parts of the project,” Columbia MBA Neel Gandhi said after the Thursday luncheon.

“Why not get involved with the biggest development in the city?”

No one has applied for the internship yet. Insiders expect that the competition will be heated — not that anyone is talking.

Even Gandhi — a student — told The Brooklyn Papers to “talk to a spokesman” for Ratner rather than speak candidly about the internship.

BUILD — rarely known by its longer name, Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development — will cast a wider net for business students, with a lunch planned soon at Long Island University, a spokesperson said.

Really ambitious B-school types can also contact BUILD directly.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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