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Spring Internships

Ceres’ interns support Program 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.

Ceres’ interns support Program 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 spring 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 Program runs from mid-January 2017 through mid-May 2017.

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.

We typically hire 8-10 interns, who are a mix of undergraduate and graduate students.


The Corporate 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.

Corporate - Human Rights

This internship will 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 will be 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 contribute to the project primarily through: 1) research and analysis of current corporate reporting on human rights; 2) support of workshop(s) coordination; and 3) preparation of summary briefing documents and presentations for key project milestones. 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, specifically. The preferred candidate will possess a familiarity with the UN Guiding Principles and a working understanding of human rights risks from a business perspective across a diversity of sectors. 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 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. Projects will likely include researching individual supporters, updating database records, writing and copy editing, providing online communications support, analysis of foundation fundraising efforts, and more. The intern will gain experience with many types of fundraising, including foundation, corporate, annual fund and major donor work.

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.


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 spring of 2017, Ceres' Insurance Program is looking for an intern to provide support with the following:

  • Contribute to research on insurance companies’ climate risk management activities through data analysis, graphics development and assorted other tasks
  • Conduct research on the management of carbon asset risk in insurers’ investment portfolios
  • Prepare background research and materials for meetings and workshops
  • Provide research support 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 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 at the state and federal levels. The Policy Program is looking for an intern to assist in its work with companies 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 as well as research on company renewable energy procurement and sustainability performance.

We are looking for candidates with solid research skills, an ability to work independently, and some familiarity with environmental and social sustainability policies.


Transportation is a significant contributor to carbon emissions; it is the largest source 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. 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. 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. Spring 2017 projects will include advocating for Low Carbon Fuel Standards, articulating the benefits of strong fuel economy standards (which are currently under evaluation) through op-eds, blogs and webinars, and promoting advanced technology vehicles, especially electric vehicles, which are critical to climate stabilization. This intern will be asked to perform research on various transportation issues, draft educational materials and comment letters, and perform some administrative tasks.

For more information, see Ceres' transportation project:

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 researcher 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 for the Food and Beverage sector in the lead-up to the launch of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty 2.0
  • 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
    • Assisting in the research, development and launch of a water-risk integration tool for the mainstream global investment community building off the research of Ceres’ Investor Water Handbook. Topics include systemic risks and materiality of water, investment beliefs and policies, asset class allocation and water-related shareholder engagements.



The Electric Power Program at Ceres seeks to encourage electric utilities to adopt 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 Spring 2017 period to assist the Program in the completion and release of the 3rd publication of our Benchmarking Utility Clean Energy Report, and other relevant research tasks. The Report seeks to benchmark the largest electric utility holding companies in the US on their deployment of clean energy. The benchmarking effort 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 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.


  • Review each program internship opportunity carefully and apply for the one you feel is the best fit
  • Send a resume, cover letter, and two (2) brief writing samples to
  • Please identify which program position and which term you are applying for in the subject line of your email
    (i.e. Insurance Program- Spring Intern)
  • You can address cover letters to Sandy Paparisto


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

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