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Ceres Summer Internships 2019

Ceres

Ceres Summer Internships 2019
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Summer Internship 2019 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 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 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 $5,500 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 3, and run through Friday, August 9. In addition, interns need to be available for a lunch orientation one week prior to start date, to take place the week of May 27th (in the Boston & San Francisco offices). Please read details of each position on our website and apply for the specific internship you are interested in. We typically hire 10-15 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 Summer 2019. If any of these internships listed below are not currently on our website, we are no longer accepting applications for that position. CLIMATE ACTION 100+ INTERN (IN SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE) Climate Action 100+ is a global investor initiative to ensure the world's largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters take necessary action on climate change. The companies include 100 'systemically important emitters', accounting for two-thirds of annual global industrial emissions, alongside more than 60 others with significant opportunity to drive the clean energy transition. Ceres helps drive this initiative by supporting investors in collaborative shareholder engagements and improvements in their stewardship practices. Major investors are increasingly seeing the business case of managing climate risks and opportunities across their portfolios. Working with members of Ceres' Climate & Energy and Investor Network teams, this intern will help advance our work by: - Conducting research on company and investor actions, - Researching energy sector trends - Drafting educational materials for Ceres Investor Network members (both quantitative and qualitative), and - Providing some administrative support. The ideal candidate will be interested in climate and energy topics and have a focus in one or more of the following areas: financial markets, financial research, corporate strategic planning, risk management, communications, and/or ESG investment stewardship. Relevant experience may also qualify. 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. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered. 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: - Analyzing the S&P 100 on political expenditure and lobbying activities and practices of corporate board oversight of climate change impacts to the corporation. - Contributing to development of paper on board oversight of sustainability risks by researching statistics and case studies of companies effectively overseeing these risks to showcase throughout the report. - Conducting research and making recommendations in developing lists of priority companies for investors to engage on the issues of board oversight of climate and sustainability and sustainability reporting for proxy season 2020. - Analyzing and assessing best practices of companies using the Taskforce for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework, for use by the team in corporate and investor engagements. - Other governance and disclosure projects as determined by the team. EVALUATION AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE) The Program Strategy and 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 Ceres Program Strategy and Evaluation team is looking for an intern to: Research and document Ceres impact related to Corporate and Investor sustainability commitments and actions: o 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: o Impact tracking o 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. Assist with special projects on an ad-hoc basis, as needed We are seeking an undergraduate or graduate student with interest, experience, knowledge and desire to work in the sustainability field. Ideal applicants will have solid research skills, 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. This position will report to the Director, Planning and Evaluation. CARBON ASSET RISK INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE) Climate change is real and a good majority of fossil fuel companies acknowledge this, at least rhetorically. How they translate that acknowledgement into risk oversight and capital planning is another thing, however -- some companies are starting to manage climate risk in a robust way and some continue to opt for inaction. Ceres' Carbon Asset Risk initiative works with investors who engage these companies on climate and energy transition issues, with a focus on high-cost, high-carbon oil & gas projects that face the most risk of becoming uneconomic. Working with members of Ceres' Climate & Energy and Investor Network teams, this intern will help advance our work by: - Conducting research on company and investor actions, energy sector trends, drafting educational materials for Ceres Investor Network members (both quantitative and qualitative), and - Providing some administrative support. The ideal candidate will be interested in climate and energy topics and have a focus in one or more of the following areas: financial markets, financial research, corporate strategic planning, risk management, communications, and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment stewardship. Relevant experience may also qualify. 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. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered. 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 2019, 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 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; - Supporting the development and maintenance of EV market tracking systems and assisting with preparation for corporate engagements on transportation 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. DEVELOPMENT INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE) 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. INVESTOR WATER RISK INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE) 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 Investor Water Risk Program is seeking a graduate student this fall 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 inform portfolio water footprinting work and to improve select sections of the Investor Water Toolkit - Lead daily tracking of newsflow and earnings impacts related to water (storm events, water management, etc) and produce a synthesis of findings from the summer 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 - Update 5 Wikipedia pages with content from the Investor Water Toolkit - Work with 5 Investor Water Hub members to populate a new tool, the Water Solutions Tracker - Conduct research on new areas of overlap with water risk and opportunities in other industries including textiles and apparel, semiconductors, pharmaceutical and more. Desired Background: - Strong oral and written communication skills - Interest in water issues, sustainability, finance, and responsible investing - Comfortable with spreadsheets, Salesforce and - 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 INTERN (IN BOSTON OFFICE) 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 Agricultural Water Risk Program is seeking a graduate student this fall 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 to the Agriculture and Water Risk initiative, with a focus on the development of the 2019 version of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty, investor engagements pertaining to water and agriculture, and a report on corporate sustainable sourcing commitments. Responsibilities will include: - Conducting research and developing visuals in support of drafting Key Findings of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty report, as needed - 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 in support of forthcoming report on the sector's sustainable sourcing commitments - Researching and analyzing 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 - Developing regional and issue-based fact sheets on water risks and risk mitigation efforts to be released in conjunction with Feeding Ourselves Thirsty report - Support the development and execution of the communications and marketing strategy for the launch of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty Desired Background: - 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 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. 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. 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. 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 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