Summer 2020 Internships

Ceres

Organization

Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through our powerful networks and advocacy, we tackle the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses.

For more information about Ceres, please visit our website (www.ceres.org).

We are seeking dynamic and committed interns who find it exciting to join the Ceres team!

General Internship Information

Ceres’ interns support Program, Communications, and Development staff working with a wide variety of constituents within the Ceres network: environmental activists, investors, funders, and corporations. While providing some administrative support, interns will primarily work in one of the following areas using research, project coordination, technology, and communications skills. Detailed descriptions of each available position can be found below.

Each February, Ceres advertises for our summer program. During February & March we conduct interviews and make placements. Our Summer Intern Program is held during the months of June, July, half of August, and runs for a 10-week period. The work hours are Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. We pay a stipend of $6,000 for the ten weeks. We also provide for our Boston interns an option of (1) a pass on the MBTA systems for June, July and August, OR (2) $75 per month for those who walk, cycle or run to the office. For our San Francisco interns, we provide $253.50 (provided in first paycheck) to put towards their BART Pass or other form of commute. We typically hire 10-15 interns, who are a mix of undergraduate and graduate students. This year, the program will begin on Monday, June 1, and run through Friday, August 7. In addition, interns need to be available for a lunch orientation one week prior to start date, to take place the week of May 25th (in the Boston & San Francisco offices).
Please read details of each position on our website and apply for the specific internship of interest to you.
Please note: Only the Program Teams listed on the website are seeking an intern for Summer 2020.

GOVERNANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY DISCLOSURES INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)

Ceres’ Capital Markets Systems program works with companies, investors, regulators, policymakers and other stakeholders on levers that will facilitate improved integration of material sustainability factors into decision-making. This includes Ceres’ work on enhancing sustainability disclosures (covering our engagements in this regard with stock exchanges, financial regulators, standard setters and others) and integrating sustainability into corporate governance systems (covering our work with corporate boards).

The Capital Market Systems program is seeking a graduate student researcher to help support key projects on how companies and investors are integrating sustainability into their governance and disclosure practices. While providing some administrative support, this research intern will primarily work in the following areas using skills ranging from research, quantitative analysis and writing (short memos, case studies, etc.) on:
Conduct research on the use of ESG metrics in executive compensation plans and collect data on the percentage of US companies that link executive compensation to sustainability.
Collect data on the governance, disclosure and lobbying practices of the world's largest fossil fuel emitters.
Conduct research on the board governance practices of major US companies and analyze the progress in board oversight of sustainability from 2019-2020.
Research leading practice examples of corporate disclosure on climate change.

RESEARCH AND EVALUATION SUPPORT INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)

This is a unique opportunity to learn about nonprofit evaluation, fundraising, and research efforts. The intern will work with both the Ceres Individual Giving Team and the Innovation & Evaluation Team. The Innovation & Evaluation Team works to scale the impact of Ceres work by measuring and evaluating progress towards achieving programmatic objectives, as well as supporting the incubation and vetting of new project ideas. This includes working to strengthen the planning, evaluation and asset management functions within the organization that need to be implemented to effectively achieve Ceres’ mission. The Individual Giving team raises money to support Ceres work. The intern will gain exposure to many aspects of this work ranging from annual fundraising programs to special events to donor stewardship. We are looking for an intern to:

Research and document Ceres impact related to Corporate and Investor sustainability commitments and actions:
Utilizing internal resources, including grant proposals, reports and press releases, research and compile multi-year data on corporate and investor actions on clean-energy, water, and capital markets.
Collaborate with other interns and programs across the organization to improve internal alignment on:
Impact tracking
Research and documentation of the sustainability performance of individual companies and investors,
Conduct research and fact-checking to contribute to the development and prioritization of targets for corporate and investor engagement in the coming year.
Research and map supporters.
Assist with donor database maintenance and donor stewardship.
Assist with special projects on an ad-hoc basis, as needed

We are seeking a highly organized and motivated undergraduate student with a desire to gain hands-on experience. Ideal applicants will have exposure to Customer relationship management systems (CRMs), solid research skills, an ability to work independently, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Preference is for applicants with curiosity about fundraising and familiarity with environmental and social sustainability issues. This position will co-report to the Directors on the Planning and Evaluation team and the Individual Giving team.

INVESTOR WATER RISK PROGRAM INTERN

Ceres is working with companies, investors, water providers, farmers, policymakers, environmental organizations and other stakeholders to improve water management and increase reporting on water issues that pose risks to businesses, communities and the environment.

The Investor Water Risk Program is seeking an intern this summer to help us advance our work on analyzing and addressing water risks related to the investment community. While providing some administrative support, this intern will primarily work across various topic areas using skills ranging in research, marketing, quantitative analysis, and writing (short memos, case studies, data narratives, etc.).

Program areas of work include:

Interviewing and engaging with water metrics and data analytics providers to improve select sections of the Investor Water Toolkit
Lead daily tracking of news flow and earnings impacts related to water (storm events, water management, etc.) and produce a synthesis of findings from for distribution to Investor Water Hub members
Assist in the tracking of key performance indicators (KPIs) on maturity of water expertise and integration among investors
Work with 5 Investor Water Hub members to populate a Water Solutions Tracker
Conduct research on new areas of overlap with water risk and opportunities in other industries including textiles and apparel, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals and more.

Desired Background:

Strong oral and written communication skills
Interest in water issues, sustainability, finance, and responsible investing
Comfortable with the Google Suite and knowledge of Salesforce a plus
Knowledge of investment analysis methods or desire to learn how to use the Bloomberg Terminal a plus

For more information, see Ceres’ Water Program: https://www.ceres.org/issues/water

AGRICULTURAL WATER RISK PROGRAM INTERN

Ceres is working with companies, investors, water providers, farmers, policymakers, environmental organizations and other stakeholders to improve water management and increase reporting on water issues that pose risks to businesses, communities and the environment.

The Agricultural Water Risk Program is seeking a graduate student this summer to help us advance our work on analyzing and addressing water risks related to the food and beverage sector. While providing some administrative support, the intern will primarily work across various topic areas using skills ranging in research, marketing, quantitative analysis and writing (short memos, case studies, data narratives etc.).

The intern will support the Agriculture and Water Risk initiative, with a focus on the continued rollout of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty, the Ceres/WWF AgWater Challenge, investor engagements pertaining to water and agriculture, and dissemination of the findings of a report on corporate sustainable sourcing commitments.

Responsibilities will include:

Leading daily tracking of news flow and earnings impacts related to agricultural water risk and produce a synthesis of findings for distribution
Analyzing financial disclosures of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty companies and other food and beverage companies to track and capture references to water-related risks and financial impacts
Researching and analyzing sustainable sourcing commitments made by food and beverage companies and financial incentives provided by these companies to encourage sustainable agriculture practices amongst their suppliers
Conducting research on food and beverage companies to support investor engagement including sign-on letters, dialogues, and shareholder resolutions
Conducting research on food and beverage companies to support dialogues with companies pertaining to the AgWater Challenge, as needed
Supporting the continued execution of the communications and marketing strategy for the recent Feeding Ourselves Thirsty analysis

Desired Background:

Strong oral and written communication skills
Interest in agriculture, water issues, sustainability, finance, and responsible investing
Knowledge of digital marketing strategies a plus
Comfortable with the Google Suite and knowledge of Salesforce a plus
Knowledge of investment analysis methods or desire to learn how to use the Bloomberg Terminal a plus

Program areas of work include:

Providing support to the Agriculture and Water Risk initiative, with a focus on the ongoing rollout of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty and the AgWater Challenge. This includes conducting research and analysis on food companies, supporting the team with tracking news flow and pulling examples of risk, building out power points for external presentations, and doing company/investor research on the Bloomberg terminal.
Conduct research on new areas of overlap with water risk and opportunities in other industries including textiles and apparel, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals and more.

For more information, see Ceres’ Water Program: https://www.ceres.org/issues/water

COMMIT TO CLIMATE INITIATIVE INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)

The Ceres Commit to Climate (CTC) Initiative aims to build private sector leadership on climate action, including supporting climate, clean energy, and clean transportation policies as well as securing strong corporate commitments that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The CTC intern will work directly with the Vice President for Climate and Energy and Director for Corporate Clean Energy Leadership on:
Research and writing projects focused on analyzing the climate and clean energy performance of individual companies, sectors, and investors.
Identifying, compiling and presenting updates on climate and clean energy policy, corporate commitments, industry trends, and the latest cutting-edge research and science.
Support for ongoing CTC campaigns and assistance with special and ad hoc projects.

The ideal candidate has a strong interest in climate and clean energy topics and a focus in climate policy, financial markets, and corporate sustainability. We are looking for candidates with solid research skills, an ability to work independently, and some familiarity with how climate issues apply to businesses and investors.

TRANSPORTATION INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)

The Ceres Transportation Team intern will work directly with both the Senior Director of Transportation and the Senior Manager of Clean Vehicles at Ceres.

A clean and efficient transportation system is critical to a strong U.S. economy, with benefits including saving consumers and businesses money as well as reducing our dependence on oil. Transportation is also a significant contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) and other criteria air pollutant emissions. In fact, in 2016, the transportation sector surpassed the electric power sector as the largest emitter of GHG emissions in the United States, accounting for 28% of GHG emissions – more emissions than any other nation's entire economy, with the exception of China.

To expediently reduce harmful emissions coming out of the U.S. transportation sector and improve air quality and human health, we must focus on three components: vehicles, fuels and infrastructure. In 2020, the Ceres Transportation Program's primary focus is to advocate for clean transportation policies, including clean vehicle and fuels policies, accelerate corporate uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and associated EV infrastructure; and encourage market growth of EVs and infrastructure.

Summer 2020 internship projects will include:
Advocating for strong passenger vehicle and truck fuel economy standards, and promoting low- to zero-emission vehicles as well as clean aviation;
Supporting Ceres’ groundbreaking new Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance, including preparation for corporate and industry engagements on fleet electrification;
Performing research on various transportation issues, drafting supporting resources and performing some administrative tasks.
Please refer to the Ceres Transportation Initiative page for additional information. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.

COMPANY NETWORK – CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)

The Company Network team engages with the 40+ members of the Ceres Company Network to help them develop sustainable business strategies that address key challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses throughout the value chain. Ceres’ advocacy is rooted in the expectations for corporate sustainability outlined in The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability. These expectations address four critical dimensions of a company’s approach to sustainability: governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure, and performance as it relates to company operations, supply chains and products. The Company Network seeks an intern who will support our corporate engagement work by:
Using publicly available information to research and analyze the sustainability performance of individual companies and sectors through the lens of the Ceres Roadmap expectations;
Providing in-depth research support for ad hoc projects on key topics such as the link between sustainability performance and executive compensation, sustainable supply chains, or modes of stakeholder engagement;
Researching, compiling and presenting industry trends and leading practices;
Developing research briefs for potential member companies, including analyzing performance against the Ceres Roadmap expectations and identifying opportunities for engagement.

We are looking for candidates with solid research skills (preferably with experience reviewing corporate sustainability reports), an ability to work independently, excellent verbal and written communication skills and familiarity with key environmental and social sustainability issues that influence, and are influenced by, the private sector. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.

For more information see Ceres’ Company Network: https://www.ceres.org/networks/ceres-company-network

COMPANY NETWORK – HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUITABLE WORKPLACES (IN BOSTON OFFICE)

The Company Network is seeking an intern to support Ceres’ work advancing corporate human rights disclosure to drive improved performance, including by engaging companies on the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights and scaling implementation of the UNGP Reporting Framework. Specific opportunities to support this work include:
Researching and analyzing current corporate reporting on human rights, including investor expectations on human rights disclosure;
Researching and analyzing specific issues within the realm of corporate human rights management, such as forced labor, supplier engagement, and remediation systems;
Researching and identifying potential funding and/or project opportunities; and
Preparing summary briefing documents and presentations for key project milestones.
We are looking for candidates with solid research skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and familiarity with key labor and human rights frameworks, including the International Labor Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize responsibilities, and work independently while being part of a team is also important. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.

For more information see Ceres’ Company Network: https://www.ceres.org/networks/ceres-company-network

FOOD TEAM – GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE)

The Food team is seeking an intern to support Ceres’ work advancing corporate disclosure and commitments on greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural supply chains. Specific opportunities to support this work include:
Updating current database of research on the top 50 food & beverage companies in the US and their current disclosure of scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions;
Compiling and presenting trends and leading practices found in this analysis;
Assessing the state of disclosure platforms and tools available for these companies to utilize in their disclosures and goal setting.
We are looking for candidates with solid research skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and familiarity reviewing corporate sustainability reports. A strong familiarity with key environmental and social sustainability issues that influence, and are influenced by, the private sector is preferred. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize responsibilities, and work independently while being part of a team is also important. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.

FEDERAL POLICY INTERN

The Policy Program at Ceres works with companies through Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) and investors in our Investor Network on Climate Risk to advance climate and clean energy policies on the state and federal levels. The Policy Program is looking for an intern to assist in its work with companies and investors on energy and climate policies – focused on federal work. This position will support the Policy Team primarily through research and writing projects focused on key federal policies, participation and note-taking in strategy meetings, legislative analysis, and other tasks, possibly including data collection and organization. We are looking for candidates with strong organizational, research, and writing skills, an ability to work independently, and some familiarity with environmental and sustainability policies.

STATE POLICY INTERN

The Policy Team at Ceres works with companies through the BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy) Network and investors in our Investor Network to advance climate and clean energy policies at the state and federal level. The Policy Team is looking for an intern to assist in its work with companies and investors on energy and climate policies – focused on state policy work. This position will support the Policy Team primarily through:
Research and writing focused on Ceres’ priority states, including specific state or regional policies and political dynamics,
Tracking and analysis of corporate sustainability initiatives and operational footprint
Assistance in scoping potential new priority states, including analyzing political landscapes and state policy progress on climate, clean energy, and clean transportation
Participation and note-taking in strategy meetings,
Additional tasks as needed (possibly including data collection, organization and help with event planning).

We are looking for candidates with strong organizational, research, and writing skills, an ability to work independently, and some familiarity with environmental and sustainability policies. This position will report to the Manager, State Policy.

POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

The Policy Team at Ceres works with companies through Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) and investors in our Investor Network to advance climate and clean energy policies at the federal and state levels. The Policy Team is looking for an intern to assist in its work with members, prospective members, partners and media. This position will support the Director of Stewardship and Partnerships and the Policy Communications Manager primarily through research, participation and note-taking in strategy meetings, data collection and organization. Projects will include researching prospective members, partners, updating press lists, and assisting with the management of the organization's database.

We are looking for candidates with strong organizational, research, and writing skills, an ability to work independently, and some familiarity with environmental and sustainability policies.

How to Apply

Review each program internship opportunity carefully at https://www.ceres.org/about-us/career-opportunities/ and apply for the one you feel is a best fit.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please press the ‘Apply for this position’ button below and submit a resume, cover letter, and two (2) brief writing samples, as well as complete the additional information as instructed.

Ceres is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any individual based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors prohibited by applicable law.

Address all correspondence to: Elyssa Feliciano

Job URL: 
http://ceres.org/careers

Opportunity type

Full-time

Experience

Entry Level

Job function

  • Corp. Responsibility and Sustainability

Areas of impact

  • Corporate Social Responsibility