Water Markets & Scarcity (MBA Intern)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Denver, CO, US


The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

NatureVest is the impact investment unit of The Nature Conservancy. NatureVest’s mission is to create and transact investable deals that deliver conservation results and financial returns for investors. Our vision is based on the conviction that capital markets, businesses and governments must invest in nature as the long-term capital stock of a sustainable, equitable and more efficient economy. To achieve our mission, we source and structure investment products that support The Nature Conservancy’s global strategies, raise capital for these investments, and share our knowledge and experience with the investment and conservation communities to amplify our efforts in this emerging area. To learn more, visit: www.naturevesttnc.org


The Water Markets & Scarcity Intern will support the NatureVest Water Markets Team in the development of our impact investment strategy, including project origination, marketing and deal analysis. Primary responsibilities will include deal-specific problem solving (including water and agriculture-related market diligence), financial and economic analysis and the creation of project and platform marketing strategies. The position will be based in Denver.


The Water Markets & Scarcity MBA Intern will support NatureVest’s Water Markets Team in developing leading-edge private capital solutions to global water scarcity challenges. This includes sustainable farmland investing, which helps farmers grow more food with less water and fewer chemicals, and investments in water rights and/or water market infrastructure. Operating in a fast paced, dynamic environment, the Intern will support all facets of the impact investment deal development process, including market and project diligence, marketing and financial analysis. Additional responsibilities include assisting the Water Markets Team in thought leadership, strategy development and business model innovation around new ways to provide food and water sustainably.   

Reporting to the Manager of Freshwater Transactions, this position is a unique and exciting opportunity for a business professional who is knowledgeable and passionate about developing entrepreneurial, market-based solutions to deliver conservation outcomes.

This position will be based in Denver, CO and will be a 10-week summer internship. A June start date is preferable, but can be flexible if needed.


  • Provides creative, critical thinking and problem solving to support existing transactions and new deal opportunities. 
  • Supports development of marketing and communication materials for investment marketing, fundraising and project design.
  • Provides detailed primary and secondary market and investment research to support project development, investment design and investment marketing.
  • Supports detailed financial analyses, including modeling cash flow projections, building standard financial statements, structuring investment capital stacks and running sensitivity analyses.
  • Works cross-functionally with TNC teams and external partners to engage conservation, financial and legal expertise in the development of impact investment deals.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience; preference given to experience in management consulting and investment banking, or similar financial services background.
  • Candidates currently working toward a Master’s degree in related business field. 
  • Experience developing and implementing complex projects in an unstructured environment with limited guidance.
  • Strong writing and research skills with a proven ability to convey ideas and data through Power Point and Excel visualizations.
  • Experience managing or supporting large scale projects, including working with both internal and external stakeholders


  • Experience developing and sensitizing financial models.
  • Ability to successfully develop and support complex projects in an unstructured environment.
  • Outstanding analytical and project management capabilities.
  • Superior written and oral communications.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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