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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. Ceres hires a combination of undergraduate and graduate students, and that is often dictated by the projects we are managing.

Ceres is no longer accepting applications for our Summer 2014 Internship Program. Please check back for Fall 2014 opportunities


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. There are three times throughout the year when we solicit applications from potential interns.

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 Semester (no longer accepting applications for the spring semester 2014)

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.

Internship positions can include:

Corporate Program Intern

The Corporate Program works with the 60+ 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


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.

Development Intern

The Development Intern will work closely with a number of staff in the ongoing work of Ceres' development office. 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 prospect research, database, online communications and special events. Projects will include researching foundation and individual supporters, managing the organization’s donor databases, writing and proofing, online communications analytics, Ceres profile development, peer benchmarking, research and more. The majority of time will be spent on annual fund and major donor efforts, with smaller projects focused on corporate and foundation efforts. Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently will be important, as well as excellent research skills. Database experience is not required, but highly desired.

Electric Power Intern

The Electric Power Program at Ceres seeks to work with electric utilities in adopting modern 21st century sustainable practices and technologies, which will result in a future of more renewable electric generation and less carbon based electric generation. The Electric Power Program is seeking an intern for the Summer 2014 period to assist the Program in the development of the 2nd annual publication of our Utility Clean Energy Benchmarking Report.  The Report seeks to benchmark the 25 largest electric utility holding companies in the US. The benchmarking will assist utilities, shareholders, regulators and customers in understanding the utilization of clean energy by the largest electric utilities in the U.S. and assisting the utilities in making wise and sustainable choices for their energy future. 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.

Insurance Intern

The Insurance Program at Ceres works specifically with a number of insurance companies within the broader context of climate and clean energy on issues such as risk management in the face of climate change, city climate adaptation and resiliency efforts, and sustainable investment strategies.

For the summer of 2014, the Insurance Program is looking for an intern to provide support in the following areas:

  • Research on the extent to which certain insurance companies, brokers and risk modelers have been engaged in climate action planning, and incorporates climate change risks and opportunities into their organizations’ core business planning and operations
  • Preparing materials for engagement meetings, media events and presentations
  • Developing graphs and charts from quantitative data to be used in reports
  • Assisting in organizing and conducting webinars


Applicants should be comfortable with qualitative and quantitative research, and be very familiar with Microsoft Office Suite. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.

Transportation, Oil & Gas Intern

This intern will work with both the Transportation and the Oil & Gas Program 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; projects will include advocating for Low Carbon Fuel Standards, analysis of the economic impacts of strong fuel economy standards, and promoting advanced technology vehicles. Interns 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/industry-initiatives/transportation. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.

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. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.

How to Apply for an Internship

Should you be interested in working as an intern at Ceres, please apply during the times noted, and provide us with a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples. You may send your applications to "careers@ceres.org". In the subject line of your message, please note if you are applying for the Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or the Summer Intern Program and which program position you are applying for.

  • 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- Fall 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: Fall, Spring or Summer)
99 Chauncy St., 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Email:  careers@ceres.org

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