Sustainable Business Innovation Graduate Intern


OR, United States 🇺🇸

Become a Part of the NIKE, Inc. Team

NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world’s best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At Nike, it’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

At NIKE Inc., we understand that the future of the global economy can and must be fundamentally reimagined when the baton is passed to the next generation. We stand at the forefront of sustainable design thinking. New technology, product innovation, + creative business models will serve to accelerate our mission. The path before us is uncharted. This makes the work that much more exciting. We seek the best and brightest to join us in our commitment to making the world a better place for all athletes*. If you have an entrepreneurial heart, and have passion for building a long term model, then let’s talk.

We live up to this mission via excellence in analytics, strategy development, stakeholder relationships, external associations, strategy execution, and innovation. Our work spans the entire company, giving our team a unique Nike, Inc. viewpoint. As an intern with Sustainable Business & Innovation, you will become part of the team that serves as a network hub for the collective crafting of Nike’s long-term future.

Driven by Values
Vision: Nike Sustainable Business & Innovation aims to help bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world in a sustainable economy where people, profit and planet are in balance
Mission: SB+I’s remit is to assist in defining, planning, and executing Nike, Inc’s. stated moonshot to DOUBLE our business with HALF THE IMPACT
Strategy: We use facts to create leverage. We focus on the major corporate impact areas. We use our insights to create pre-competitive and post- competitive change. Our focus areas are on embedding sustainability into the broader NIKE Inc. organization, hitting our ambitious 2020/2025 sustainability targets, and creating new revenue-positive uses for manufacturing waste.
Culture: We are a results-driven culture, with a keen focus on collaboration + acceleration. We work hard, we play hard. We win as a team, honoring the diversity of skills brought by the collective.
Harness the Power of One Team: We are one global seamless dynamic community, and we will succeed through our ability to lead and inspire the NIKE collective.
Development Program:
You will join our Sustainable Business & Innovation team with exposure to all elements of our organization – Science + Analytics, Innovation Solutions, Green Chemistry, Scale + Partnerships, and Strategy + Operations. You will partner with directors and managers to drive impact in each of these areas. As part of the program, you will be trained in and deploy our Sustainability Framework, including work in long term sustainable targets (2020/2025) waste, energy, water, labor, toxicity, resource depletion reduction, climate change, circularity in materials, product, and other related areas of focus. .


  • Graduating with a Masters degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Sustainable Systems, Jurisdoctorate, or like discipline equivalent in December 2018 or May 2018
  • Experience in data-driven analysis (Chemistry, Engineering, Computational Science, etc.) and demonstrated ability to draw conceptual conclusions from a broad set of disparate inputs
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex technical concepts to a broad audience
  • Strong teambuilding and leadership skills
  • Confidence in providing strategic guidance
  • Capable self starter, not afraid to ask questions
  • Track-record of demonstrating entrepreneurial spirit in fast-paced environment
  • General sustainability skills/knowledge
  • Sports focus/interest & Passion for the brand
Preferred Qualifications (Nice to have):
  • Hard science skills – environmental sciences, green chemistry, natural resource management, ecology, material science, modeling, mathematics, engineering
  • Coursework in business & economics, with a focus on global supply chain
  • Experience in corporate sustainability, social impact investing, , operations, or finance
  • Experience in open innovation – grand challenges, crowdsourced solutioning, innovation prizes, ideation competitions
Applications due by February 13th, 2017

Job ID: SRC-SBIGI-Collegiate

NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, protected veteran status, or disability.