Summer 2020 Internship, Governance and Sustainability Disclosures

Ceres Published: March 22, 2020
Location
Boston, MA
Job Type
Full-time
Categories
Corporate Sustainability / Certification / CSR/ Envir Mgmt Systems / Analyst / Research /
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Description

~ 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.

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Internship Overview

The Governance and Sustainability Disclosures Intern will work in the 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).

Responsibilities

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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

General Internship Information

We are seeking dynamic and committed interns who will find it exciting to join the Ceres team! 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 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 this position on our website and make sure you're applying for the specific internship of most interest to you. 
  • Please note: Only the Program Teams listed on the website are seeking an intern for Summer 2020. 

Compensation

  • 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.

To Apply

  • Please click "Apply on Company Website" below to review this internship opportunity carefully and discern if it is a good fit for you. 
  • If you are interested in applying for this position, please follow the prompts to submit a resume, cover letter, and two (2) brief writing samples, as well as complete the additional information as instructed.

Note: Address all correspondence to: Elyssa Feliciano

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.

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