Spring Internship 2019
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 web site (www.ceres.org).
We are seeking dynamic, committed interns who would 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 skills in research, project coordination, IT and communications. Detailed descriptions of each available position can be found below.
Each spring internship position requires 10 to 15 hours of work per week. Schedules can be flexible to fit with class and/or work schedules. Ceres compensates interns at a rate of $13.50 hour. Our Spring Internship Program runs from mid-January 2019 through the end of April 2019.
Please read details of each position on our website and apply for the specific internship you are interested in. We typically hire 8-10 interns, who are a mix of undergraduate and graduate students. Please note: Only the Program Teams listed on the website are seeking an intern for Spring 2019. If any of these internships listed below are not currently on our website, we are no longer accepting applications for that position.
CAPITAL MARKET SYSTEMS INTERN
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:
· Performing literature reviews, research, consolidating interview results, and drafting written sections for white paper on board oversight of risk management and sustainability issues
· Benchmarking analysis of priority companies of key Ceres campaigns and developing one pagers outlining results of analysis
· Conducting landscape analysis of organizations with long-term capital markets focus
· Researching priority companies on progress achieved on governance indicators over the past year
· Supporting on company and investor engagements on governance and disclosure
ELECTRIC POWER INTERN
The Electric Power Team at Ceres seeks to encourage electric utilities and large corporate energy consumers to adopt modern 21st century sustainable practices and technologies. Specifically, we will urge companies to increase their renewable electric generation, improve their energy efficiency, and reduce their reliance on carbon-based electric generation. The Electric Power Team is seeking an intern for the Spring 2019 period to assist the team in providing research and fact-checking to help develop and prioritize our targets for corporate engagement.
The intern will also assist with the development of materials to support corporate engagement on renewable energy and energy efficiency including presentations, fact sheets and other advocacy materials. These materials will help us make the business case to companies for adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency goals as well as the case to investors on the importance of engaging with companies on these issues. We are seeking an undergraduate or graduate student with interest, experience, knowledge and desire to work in the clean energy field and who has excellent communications, research, writing, Excel and database skills.
This intern will work with both the Director of Transportation and the Senior Manager of Clean Vehicles at Ceres.
A clean and efficient transportation system is critical to a strong economy; its benefits include 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 adequately reduce harmful emissions associated with the transportation sector, we need to focus on three components: vehicles, fuels and infrastructure. In the next year, the Ceres Transportation Program's primary focus will be on promoting clean fuels, vehicles and relevant policies, and increasing corporate uptake and deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging infrastructure. Spring 2019 internship projects will include advocating for Low Carbon Fuel Standards, supporting strong passenger vehicle and truck fuel economy standards, and promoting low- to zero-emission vehicles. In addition, this position will support the development of educational and briefing materials on EVs and assist with preparation for corporate engagements on transportation electrification. This intern will be asked to perform research on various transportation issues, draft supporting resources and perform some administrative tasks. Please refer to the Ceres Transportation Initiative page for additional information. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.
Ceres is working with companies, investors, water providers, 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 Water Program is seeking a graduate student this spring to help us advance our work on analyzing and addressing water risks related to two pillars: the investment community and the food and beverage sector. While providing some administrative support, this research assistant 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:
· Assisting in the rollout of the Investor Water Hub Toolkit, a water-risk integration tool for the mainstream global investment community. Topics covered in the Toolkit include systemic risks and materiality of water, investment beliefs and policies, asset class allocation and water-related shareholder engagements. The intern will provide specific support with digital marketing efforts related to the Toolkit and will assist with tracking news flow relevant to investors on water.
· Supporting water-related research for the Investor Water Hub as needed including portfolio water footprinting, water solutions, materiality analysis for water and more.
· Providing support to the Agriculture and Water Risk initiative, with a focus on the development of the next version of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty and theAgWater 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.
· Strong oral and written communication skills
· Interest in water issues, sustainability, finance, and responsible investing
· Knowledge of digital marketing strategies 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
The Development Intern will work closely with many members of Ceres' small and active development team. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly organized and motivated individual to gain hands-on experience and specific training in many aspects of nonprofit development, including foundations, major gifts, annual fundraising programs and special events. Projects will include researching foundation and individual supporters, assisting with management of the organization’s donor databases, and tracking and evaluating fundraising efforts. Skills should include strong research and spreadsheet experience. The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current student with strong interest in pursuing a career in the nonprofit development field.
FEDERAL POLICY INTERN
The Policy Team 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 at the 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 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. Additionally, this position will also assist with our BICEP Partnerships program. 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 Director of Federal Policy.
COMPANY NETWORK – CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
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:
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.
COMPANY NETWORK – HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUITABLE WORKPLACES
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:
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.
How to Apply
• Review each program internship opportunity carefully and apply for the one you feel best fit.
• If you are interested in applying for this position, please 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: Christine Richard