Ceres Fall 2019 Internships Posted Jul 29
Ceres , Boston, MA (San Francisco, CA)
Fall 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.

Boston Fall Internship Positions:
Each fall internship position requires 10 to 15 hours of work per week, during work hours Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm designated in our Boston office (unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate remote work at this time). Schedules can be flexible to fit with class and/or work schedules. Ceres compensates interns at a rate of $14.00 an hour. Our Fall Internship Program runs from mid-September 2019 (starting the week of September 16) through mid-December 2019 (ending the week of December 16).

San Francisco Fall Internship Positions:
Each fall internship position requires 10 to 13 hours of work per week, during work hours Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm designated in our San Francisco office (unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate remote work at this time). Schedules can be flexible to fit with class and/or work schedules. Ceres compensates interns at a rate of $15.59 an hour. Our Fall Internship Program runs from mid-September 2019 (starting the week of September 16) through mid-December 2019 (ending the week of December 16).

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. Detailed descriptions of each available position can be found below. Please note: Only the Program Teams listed on the website are seeking an intern for Fall 2019. If any of these internships listed below are not currently on our website, we are no longer accepting applications for that position.


The Company Network team engages with the 50+ 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 for use by team members when engaging with company members and companies outside the membership network;
• 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 performance), 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.


The Ceres Investor Network includes over 170 institutional investors, managing more than $26 trillion in assets, advancing leading investment practices, corporate engagement strategies, and key policy and regulatory solutions.

The Investor Network includes nine working groups, including the Shareholder Initiative on Climate and Sustainability (SICS), which supports and coordinates investors and staff working on corporate engagement on a range of topics.

This internship will be housed within the SICS working group, and will support projects and activities both within that working group, and within the broader investor network.
• Primary responsibilities involve research, writing, and, at times, interacting with the investment community. The Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability includes the largest public pension funds in the U.S., socially responsible/ESG investment funds, and the nation's leading social, religious and labor shareholder activists. We help these investors use their voice as owners of company stock to encourage companies to reduce risks and seize opportunities related to key environmental issues.
• Examples of other projects may include:
• Drafting short updates of relevant current affairs to our members, to be shared on our members-only Investor Portal.
• Researching investment products offered by Network members.
• Conducting landscape analyses to explore the use of ESG criteria in investment processes.
• Conducting company-specific research to support investor engagements.
We are looking for candidates with: strong research and writing skills; basic familiarity with Google Sheets or Excel; the ability to creatively solve problems and take initiative; and awareness of environmental issues faced by corporations.

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 an intern this fall to help us advance our work on analyzing and addressing water risks related to two pillars: the food and beverage sector and the investment community.

Program areas of work include:

• Providing support to the Agriculture and Water Risk initiative, with a focus on the launch and rollout of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty and related shareholder engagements with food and beverage companies. This includes conducting research and analysis on food and beverage companies, supporting the team with tracking news flow and pulling examples of risk, building out PowerPoints for external presentations, creating basic infographics, creating short research briefs and memos, and doing company and investor research on the Bloomberg terminal.

• Support the Investor Water Stewardship initiative by tracking newsflow and earnings impacts related to water (storm events, water management, etc), producing a synthesis of findings to be distributed to Investor Water Hub members, support tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) on maturity of water expertise and integration among investors, and working with institutional investors and entrepreneurs to populate a water solutions database.

• Other general water-related research and logistical support to support the Water Program, such as updating relevant sections of the Investor Water Toolkit and conducting research on new areas of overlap with water risk and opportunities in other industries including apparel and more.

Desired Background:

• Strong communication skills and experience with social media strategies a plus (but not required).
• Interest and experience in agriculture, water, sustainability and/or responsible investing desired.
• Self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Familiarity with Bloomberg, Salesforce and G-Suite a plus.

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


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 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.
Fall 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 and maintenance of EV market tracking systems and assist with preparation of materials 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.

The Innovation 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 Innovation & Evaluation department would like to bring on an intern to help us work through a significant backlog of data entry from various teams, multi-year impact case studies, discrete innovation projects, and support the work of the Sustainable Capital Markets Accelerator as needs may arise. Specific tasks are outlined below:

• 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.
o Perform analysis on company actions, specifically related to Ceres engagement over a defined time horizon
• Conduct research and fact-checking to contribute to the development and prioritization of targets for corporate and investor engagement in the coming year
• Support the Vice President of Innovation and Evaluation on special projects relating to the Ceres Sustainable Capital Markets Accelerator, as needed
• Assist with special projects on an ad-hoc basis, as needed

It is helpful for candidates to have skills in research, strong writing and verbal communication, confidence with spreadsheets (Excel or Google Sheets), time management, and familiarity with customer relations databases (such as Salesforce) helpful but not required.

The State 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 state level. This position will support the State Policy Team primarily through research and writing projects focused on:
• key state climate, clean energy and transportation policies, as well as
• the key actors and decision makers in our priority states.

Work will also include participation and note-taking in strategy meetings, legislative analysis, and other tasks, 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.

Preference for candidates who have experience with state policy, and experience related to climate change or energy, but all will be considered.


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.

Working with members of Ceres' Investor Network team based in San Francisco, this intern will help advance our work by conducting research on climate risk in various sectors and collecting information on company and investor actions in order to curate an informational webinar series for CA100+ signatories. The role will also include some administrative support for the webinar series, finding dates, preparing presentations and some contact management.

The ideal candidate will be interested in climate and energy topics and have a focus in one or more of the following areas: climate policy, financial markets, corporate sustainability, communications, and/or investment stewardship. 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.

How to Apply

• Review each program internship opportunity carefully at https://www.ceres.org/...-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: Maureen Salkin

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