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Internships

Ceres actively seeks to engage interns in our work. We have a number of exciting projects going at any one time and find the logistical, research, analysis, and writing support of interns to be of great value. We also hope working here inspires the next generation of professionals to "accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainability business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy." Ceres hires a combination of undergraduate and graduate students, and that is often dictated by the projects we are managing.

We are now accepting applications for our spring internships

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 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 $12.00 hour.  Our Spring Internship runs from January 2015 through mid-May 2015.

Below you will find a more detailed description of each program team that is seeking a spring 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 Spring 2015.

Spring Semester (Currently accepting applications)

Each December through early January, Ceres searches for individuals to intern in our office, from mid-January through mid-May. Again, these interns will work between 10-15 hours a week. The pay rate is $12.00 an hour. During this time, we also hire about 6-8 individuals.

Summer Intern Program

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 and July, and runs for an 8-week period. The work hours are Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. We pay a stipend of $3300 for the eight weeks and provide a pass on the MBTA systems for June and July. We typically hire 8-10 interns, who are a mix of undergraduate and graduate students.

Fall Semester

Each August, Ceres looks for candidate who would like to intern in our office, in one of our program areas, from September through mid-December. During the fall session, interns will work between 10-15 hours a week. (This is adapted to work with class or other work schedules.) The pay rate is $12.00 an hour. We generally hire about 6-8 individuals.

Spring internship positions include:

Corporate Program Intern

The Corporate Program works with the 65+ 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, which are laid out in The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability: corporate governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure, and sustainability performance, which includes topics such as supply chains, operations and products. The intern will support our corporate engagement work through:

  • Researching and analyzing the sustainability performance of a company and/or sector against the expectations laid forth in The Ceres Roadmap, using publicly available disclosure (primarily corporate sustainability reports)
  • Providing research support for ad hoc projects on key topics such as 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, an ability to work independently, and some familiarity with how environmental and social sustainability issues apply to businesses. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.

Investor Initiative for Sustainable Exchanges (IISE) Intern

Ceres' Investor Program is looking for an enthusiastic, sustainability-focused intern to work with our team tracking the progress of global stock exchanges on various sustainability metrics. The intern will be in charge of putting together our monthly IISE Newsletter, doing research on specific exchanges to prepare investors for meetings with them, and writing draft op-eds on related topics to the IISE initiative.  Experience in Excel, database creation, communications, writing, journalism, research, or environmental subjects would be most useful for this position. The position is 20 hours per week. This intern will be interacting with exchanges directly, interviewing exchange representatives for research memos, and working with the World Federation of Exchanges and our own investor members on sustainability matters. The ideal candidate will be highly interested in sustainability topics and have a major in one or more of the following areas: communications/sustainability/financial markets/research and/or experience in the area of sustainability, communications, or capital markets.

Policy Program Intern

The Policy Program 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 energy policies on the state and federal levels.  The Policy Program is looking for two interns to assist in its work with companies on energy and climate policies. These positions will support the Policy Team primarily through research and writing projects focused on key federal and state policies as well as help with the on-going Climate Declaration campaign.  We are looking for candidates with solid research skills, an ability to work independently, and some familiarity with environmental and social sustainability policies.

Shareholder Initiative on Climate and Sustainability (SICS) Intern

The Investor Team is looking for a strong researcher and writer to support company-investor engagement on sustainability topics.  The Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) organizes an initiative to engage companies on sustainability issues. Investors include small Socially Responsible Investment firms to large religious and state pension funds.  The resolution tracker provides a sample of shareholder resolutions filed by many participants.  Focus areas include greenhouse gas reduction, sustainability reporting, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture. This position involves research on company policies, writing of materials to support engagements, and coordination of group projects.

Water Program Intern

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. We are seeking a graduate student intern to help us advance our work on water infrastructure, water risk disclosure, and corporate water management. Our current projects focus on the oil and gas, food and beverage, electric power and apparel industries, as well as water infrastructure and infrastructure financing.

How to Apply for an Internship

  • Review each program internship opportunity carefully and apply for the one you feel best fit
  • Send a resume, cover letter, and two (2) brief writing samples to careers@ceres.org
  • Please identify which program position and which term you are applying for in the subject line of your email (i.e. Water Program- Spring Intern)
  • Ceres is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

 

Address all correspondence to:

Ceres – Intern (please indicate which semester you are applying for: Spring, Summer, or Fall)
99 Chauncy St., 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Email:  careers@ceres.org

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