Water Program Intern


Boston, MA, US

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 an undergraduate or graduate student this spring to help us advance our work on analyzing and addressing water risks related to three pillars: the food and beverage sector, water utility sector and the investment community. While providing some administrative support, this research assistant will primarily work across various topic areas using skills ranging in research, quantitative analysis and writing (short memos, case studies, data narratives etc.). Program areas of work include:
  • Providing support to the Agriculture and Water Risk initiative, with a focus on the ongoing rollout of Feeding Ourselves Thirsty and the AgWater Challenge. This includes conducting research and analysis on food companies, supporting the team with tracking news flow and pulling examples of risk, building out power points for external presentations, and doing company/investor research on the Bloomberg terminal. 
  • Supporting the urban water initiative on strategy and best-practices research to make the business case for utilities to invest in and adopt sustainable water projects (e.g. water conservation and reuse, implementation of distributed infrastructure). Specific areas of research support will involve:
    • Identifying trends in innovative funding and financing instruments that support sustainable water solutions.
    • Uncovering key performance indicators to highlight how utilities are measuring and reporting on sustainability practices.
  • Assisting in the rollout of the Investor Water Hub Toolkit, a water-risk integration tool for the mainstream global investment community, which builds off the research of Ceres’ Investor Water Handbook. Topics covered in the Toolkit include systemic risks and materiality of water, investment beliefs and policies, asset class allocation and water-related shareholder engagements. Specific areas of research support will involve:
    • Developing key performance indicators and a tracking system for the Hub and broader investor water work.
    • Crafting key lessons learned from carbon and climate that could be applied to water footprinting efforts.
    • Establishing a way for investor members to track water solutions investment products via the network portal.
    • Finalizing two investor case studies for the Toolkit.
  • Other general water-related research to support the Program.
For more information, see Ceres’ Water Program: https://www.ceres.org/issues/water
How to Apply
• Review each program internship opportunity carefully at https://www.ceres.org/about-us/career-opportunities/ and apply for the one you feel best fit. 
• If you are interested in applying for this position, please press the ‘Apply for this position’ button below and submit a resume, cover letter, and two (2) brief writing samples, as well as complete the additional information as instructed.
Ceres is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any individual based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors prohibited by applicable law.
Address all correspondence to: Christine Mandell