• Internship
  • Flexible

Website Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

Location: Flexible

Overview

Flexible, 20-25 hours per week, June through August, Monday – Friday (with possibility of extension)

ICCR is seeking college/university undergraduate and graduate/law students with a passion for climate policy, corporate accountability, and sustainability. The Intern will assist the Associate Program Director, Climate & Environmental Justice, with ICCR’s Climate Lobbying Initiative. The Intern will primarily focus on company and policy research in the service of helping environmentally responsible shareholders engage companies regarding their alignment of their lobbying and policy influence activities with the Paris Agreement. The Intern will lead or be involved in the following projects during the 2022 Summer Internship program:

  • Lead the drafting of new investor briefs, and update existing ones, on companies for our members’ Focus List. This work will also include research and analysis of new industries, to provide guidance to investors on companies and sectors at high risk of misalignment with the Paris Agreement.
  • As part of this research, the Intern will engage with partners, investors, companies, and NGOs with expertise in the field. Ultimately, the Intern will develop materials critical to ensuring that ICCR members are well prepared to engage with companies and file shareholder resolutions regarding the alignment of their direct and indirect lobbying, including through trade associations, with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • Participate in ICCR’s program and staff meetings, including our Climate Team meetings, to better understand the various arenas of work and how such work may integrate with the climate lobbying focus.
  • Attend virtual dialogues with companies or other relevant meetings of stakeholders.
  • Help support the Climate Lobbying Working Group, including securing guest speakers and helping to form the agenda for these monthly meetings.
  • Conducting targeted research to help draft a shareholder proposal.
  • Assist the Associate Director in creating a digital toolkit for investors for the coming engagement season for Fall 2022, which would assist them with leading practices, company examples, shareholder proposal templates, and other guidance. Additional assignments will include support for the ICCR team.

The internship period is 10 weeks, scheduled to run from June through August, with the possibility of extension. Applicants for the Summer Internship should be able to commit to 20 to 25 hours per week on average, with flexibility (some East Coast business hours preferred). Interns will receive a stipend of $2,500 for the entire 10-week period.

Organization Overview

Founded over 50 years ago, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) is a pioneering coalition of over 300 socially responsible institutional investors including faith-based communities, labor unions, foundations, asset managers, and others who leverage their investments to hold corporations accountable for the social and environmental impacts of their operations. Our membership collectively represents over $4 trillion in invested capital.

ICCR members and staff engage hundreds of multinational corporations annually to promote more sustainable and just practices because we believe that, in doing so, companies will secure a better future for their employees, their customers, and their shareholders. We do this through ongoing engagement and dialogue with corporate management on a range of social and environmental issues that impact communities in the U.S. and globally, as well as by filing shareholder proposals, which are publicly presented at companies’ shareholder meetings.

In the Fall of 2020, ICCR launched a new Climate Lobbying Initiative, to push public companies to align their corporate lobbying with the net-zero emission goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. In order to get the climate solutions we need, companies need to move forward quickly in their climate commitments and actions, and shareholders are key to making this happen.

Qualifications

  • Students are welcome from a wide range of academic programs and geographies. Applicants must be an undergraduate Junior or Senior, or enrolled in a graduate/JD degree program.
  • Experience with, knowledge of, and/or passion for corporate social responsibility, climate solutions, and sustainability is a plus.
  • Must be self-motivated, and able to work independently.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Interns should be organized, methodical, and possess strong time management skills.
  • Computer and software knowledge – proficient in Microsoft Word (experience with Microsoft Excel and Google Workspace is a plus).
  • Except in highly unusual situations, the intern is expected to provide their own working computer (Mac or PC) and Internet access.

To Apply

Your application should include:

  • A cover letter identifying your qualifications, interests and strengths, as well as your available start and likely end dates. Please explain any sustainability-related career goals, if available, and what you most want to learn or glean from the Internship experience.
  • A resume. Volunteer work should be included.
    • At least 2 references, with one of them being non-academic.

All documents should be sent together in one PDF document to: Esaba Hoque, Program Associate ehoque@iccr.org no later than May 18, 2022.

To apply for this job please visit www.iccr.org.