Packard Foundation MBA Summer Fellowship with the Climate Breakthrough Project | Net Impact

Packard Foundation MBA Summer Fellowship with the Climate Breakthrough Project

Climate Breakthrough Project

Packard Foundation MBA Summer Fellow

In partnership with CEA Consulting, The Packard Foundation MBA Summer Fellow Program recruits MBA students for high-impact summer positions with conservation organizations seeking to improve their triple bottom line. The program (formerly known as Packard Environmental Fellows) has sponsored nearly 100 students at 50 organizations in the past 15 years. Many Fellows have subsequently built green careers at nonprofits, social enterprises, and foundations, or as sustainability managers at major corporations. All host organizations are EOEs.


The Climate Breakthrough Project identifies extraordinary leaders and empowers them to launch bold new strategies that confront the growing climate crisis. Every year, the Climate Breakthrough Project selects several exceptional strategists from around the world to receive the Climate Breakthrough Award: a US$3 million-dollar grant and tailored support over three years to bring visionary strategies from idea to fruition. The Climate Breakthrough Award gives recipients the time, space, and resources to develop and implement novel approaches that have the potential to catalyze large-scale drops in emissions. Launched in 2016, the Climate Breakthrough Project is funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Oak Foundation, IKEA Foundation, Good Energies Foundation, JPB Foundation, and Quadrature Climate Foundation.

Job Description

The Packard MBA Summer Fellow would support two critical projects at Climate Breakthrough:

• Capacity Building / Organizational Development - Five years from its inception, the Climate Breakthrough Project has reached a pivotal point in its development and seeks to explore new organizational structures and processes that better support its program. The Fellow will play a critical role in researching the many components of establishing a new organizational structure for the organization. Areas of focus for research include financial management, HR systems, international grantmaking processes, strategic planning processes, and governance. The Fellow will work directly with the Operations and Strategy Manager to research and recommend courses of action to the Executive Director and the Board.

• Candidate Evaluation / Research - The Fellow will work with the Assistant Director to support the vetting and evaluation process of candidates for the Climate Breakthrough Award. The fellow will conduct basic research on candidates, conduct reference checks, participate in interviews with potential candidates, and potentially nominate promising candidates to move forward in the selection process. The Fellow may also work to support other aspects of the candidate pipeline, including research on emerging landscapes in climate mitigation (these areas could include green hydrogen, decarbonizing steel and transportation, and/or cooling).

• MBA candidate preferred; other advanced degrees considered
• Comfort with/interest in nonprofit organizational structures and processes
• Interest in climate change mitigation
• Previous experience with organizational development or recruiting a plus
• Fluency in both English and at least one other language is desirable
• Ability to work both as part of a team and independently

To Apply
To be considered, e-mail your cover letter and resume to Eileen Ashton ( Receipt of your materials will be confirmed and qualified candidates will be forwarded to the Climate Breakthrough Project for further consideration and contact.

Industry Function: Not-For-Profit/Environment
Job Title Location: Social Impact Consulting/Change Management/Recruitment
App. Deadline: April 30, 2021
Start Date: TBD (10-week duration)
Work Status: Open to all currently authorized to work in the United States
Salary: $1,250/week
Remote; team operates on Pacific Time