• February 14, 2017

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 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 $4500 for the ten weeks and provide a pass on the MBTA systems for June, July and August. We typically hire 8-10 interns, who are a mix of undergraduate and graduate students. This year, the program will begin on Monday, June 5, and run through Friday, August 11. In addition, interns need to be available for a 3-hour lunch orientation one week prior to start date, to take place Tuesday, May 30th from 11am to 2pm.

Below you will find a more detailed description of each program team that is seeking a summer intern.  Please read details of each position and clearly specify which you are applying for when submitting your materials. Please note: Only the Program Teams listed below are seeking an intern for Summer 2017.


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:

  • Benchmarking key companies on corporate governance and disclosure practices; Developing analysis of data obtained;
  • Literature review of research on how analysts use ESG information;
  • Background analysis on corporate practice in linking executive compensation to ESG factors, including baseline of best practices and literature review
  • Baseline research on stock exchange and financial regulators in key markets
  • Tracking investor engagement/ focus on corporate boards 
  • Other projects on disclosure and governance as needed for the Capital Market Systems team.



The Corporate Leadership program engages with the 50+ members of the Ceres Company Network to help them develop sustainable business strategies that address key challenges like climate change. Ceres focuses its engagement around four areas, as described in The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability: corporate governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure, and sustainability performance as it relates to company operations, supply chains and products. The Corporate Program hopes to hire an intern who will support our corporate engagement work through:

  • Researching and analyzing the sustainability performance of a company and/or sector against The Ceres Roadmap expectations using publicly available information (primarily corporate sustainability reports).
  • Providing research support for ad hoc projects on key topics such as the link between sustainability performance and executive compensation, sustainable supply chains, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Researching, compiling and presenting industry trends and leading practices.

We are looking for candidates with solid research skills (preferably with experience reviewing corporate sustainability reports), an ability to work independently, and strong 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 Corporate team hopes to hire a second intern who will support the following special projects:

  • Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability. The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability presents 20 expectations in the areas of governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure, and performance that companies should seek to meet by 2020 in order to transform into truly sustainable enterprises. Ceres is working with key partners to launch its third assessment report looking at companies’ performance against these expectations. The intern will support the project through the following tasks and responsibilities: 
    • Conducting research on corporate sustainability leading practices and trends.
    • Compiling research and citations of leading practices that align with the Ceres Roadmap expectations, including sector-specific examples and innovative solutions.
    • Updating a list of notable trends on topics such as socially responsible impact investing, human rights, and water management.
  • Human Rights. The intern will also provide dedicated support to a cross-sector partnership focused on the advancement of corporate human rights disclosure as a driver of improved performance. This project is based on the foundation of the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Human Rights and scaling implementation of the UNGP Reporting Framework. The intern will support the project through the following tasks and responsibilities:  
    • Researching and analyzing current corporate reporting on human rights.
    • Supporting workshop(s) coordination.
    • Preparing summary briefing documents and presentations for key project milestones.
    • Providing additional in-depth research and analysis on investor expectations regarding human rights disclosure, as well as on specific issues such as forced labor, may also be needed.

We are seeking a dynamic, detail-oriented, and committed intern with strong research, writing, and critical-thinking skills, and demonstrated knowledge of sustainability and human rights. The preferred candidate will possess a familiarity with the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability and UN Guiding Principles. Familiarity with corporate disclosure frameworks, such as the Global Reporting Initiative, a plus. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize responsibilities, and work independently while being part of a team is also important.


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.


The Electric Power Program at Ceres seeks to encourage electric utilities and energy consumers to adopt modern 21st century sustainable practices and technologies, which will result in a future of more renewable electric generation, greater energy efficiency, and less carbon-based electric generation. The Electric Power Program is seeking an intern for the Summer 2016 period to assist the Program in providing research and fact-checking for a report on energy management best practices for large companies. The intern will also assist with the completion and release of the 3rd publication of our Benchmarking Utility Clean Energy Report, and other relevant research tasks. The Energy Efficiency report will outline best practices in corporate energy management and highlight the successes of corporate leaders. The Benchmarking Utility Clean Energy Report seeks to benchmark the largest electric utility holding companies in the US on their deployment of clean energy. Together, these reports will assist US-based utilities, companies, shareholders, regulators and customers in understanding the utilization of clean energy and efficiency resources, and assist the utilities and end-users in making sustainable energy decisions for their customers. We are seeking an undergraduate or graduate student with interest in the area of energy and who has excellent research, writing, Excel and database skills.


Insurers are in the business of helping society to understand and reduce risk.  Today, the world faces a formidable threat—climate change. Ceres Insurance Initiative, part of our Climate and Clean Energy Program, seeks to mobilize insurance companies and industry regulators around proactive steps the industry can take reduce the risks and increase society’s resiliency.  For the summer of 2017, Ceres' Insurance Program is looking for an intern to provide support in the following areas:

  • Conduct research for use in regulator trainings and industry briefings
  • Support production of materials for high-level meetings and workshops, e.g. proof reading, mocking up graphics, and drafting text
  • Assist in organizing internal/external meetings and workshops
  • Provide research support and data analysis for ad hoc projects on key topics

Applicants should be comfortable with qualitative and quantitative research, have a general understanding of the financial sector, and be very familiar with Microsoft Office Suite. Skills in financial analysis tools and techniques will be highly beneficial.  Graduate students and undergraduates who have completed their junior year are preferred.


The Summer Intern for our Shareholder Initiative on Climate and Sustainability will focus on research to support investors who are seeking to improve corporate practices on climate change, renewable energy and related issues. Many of the investors are part of the Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability.

Projects this summer are likely to include:

  • Researching S&P 500 companies to document whether they have (or lack) goals for things such as: reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), sourcing renewable energy and boosting energy efficiency.  The research will enable investors to decide which of these companies to ask to set goals.
  • Updating or creating white papers for investors making the business case for companies or industry sectors to address climate change.
  • Researching progress on commitments companies have made to investors.

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.


The Policy Program at Ceres works with companies through Ceres Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy Network (BICEP) and investors in Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability to advance climate and energy policies on the state and federal levels. The Policy Program is looking for two interns to assist in its work with companies and investors on energy and climate policies. This position will support the Policy Team primarily through research and writing projects focused on key federal and state policies.  We are looking for candidates with solid research skills, an ability to work independently, and some familiarity with environmental, energy and social sustainability policies.


This intern will work with both the Transportation and the Oil & Gas teams 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 a significant contributor to carbon emissions; it accounts for 28% of US GHG emissions (more emissions than any other nation's entire economy with the exception of China), and its emissions are growing faster than any other sector.  In order to adequately reduce emissions associated with the sector, we need to focus on three components: vehicles, fuels and infrastructure. In the next year, Ceres Transportation Program's primary focus will be on promoting clean fuels and vehicles and relevant policies. Summer 2016 projects will include advocating for Low Carbon Fuel Standards, supporting passenger vehicles and truck fuel economy standards, and promoting advanced technology vehicles.  This intern will be asked to perform research on various transportation issues, draft educational materials and perform some administrative tasks. Link to Ceres' transportation project: http://www.ceres.org/our-work/transportation. 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 to help us advance our work on analyzing and addressing water risks related to the food and beverage sector, water utility sectors and investment community. While providing some administrative support, this research assistant will primarily work in the following areas using skills ranging from research, quantitative analysis and writing (short memos, case studies, etc.):

  • Analyzing corporate water use and disclosure in the Food and Beverage sector to help support projects and research associated with the rollout of our benchmarking report Feeding Ourselves Thirsty 2.0
  • Assisting in the rollout of a water-risk integration tool for the mainstream global investment community — building off the research of Ceres’ Investor Water Handbook—  by researching water materiality news, pulling corporate and investor data from the Bloomberg Terminal, and gathering information from recently-launched reports on investor work in ESG, among other tasks.
  • Conducting research on water utility decision-making frameworks across various regions in the U.S. Key topics including:
  • Resiliency and affordability of rate structures with a focus on how to address social equity issues at the local level;
  • Business and environmental sustainability efforts such as water conservation, reuse and implementation of distributed infrastructure;
  • Trends in municipal (green) bonds and other innovative instruments for financing sustainable public water systems

For more information please visit: http://www.ceres.org/our-work/water