About the Intentional Endowment Network – Remote Internship
The Intentional Endowments Network supports colleges, universities, and other mission-driven tax-exempt organizations in aligning their endowment investment practices with their mission, values, and sustainability goals without sacrificing financial returns. In doing so, this broad-based, collaborative network will make a significant and critical contribution to creating a healthy, just, and sustainable society.
Working closely with leading organizations and initiatives that are promoting institutional leadership on economic, social, and environmental sustainability, the network engages key leaders and stakeholders in the higher education, business, and non-profit sectors. It provides opportunities for education and training, peer networking, convening, thought leadership and information exchange.
The position provides an exciting and unique opportunity for candidates interested in a range of topics, including sustainability, finance, ESG investing, sustainable investing, impact investing, higher education, non-profit management, change management, transformational leadership, and more. The intern will be able to meet and build a network with leaders in higher education, sustainability, and the socially responsible investing and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) fields. The intern will be a key member of a small team, where everyone wears many hats and is involved in many aspects of this exciting work. She/he will have the opportunity to take on challenging projects, be involved with strategic planning for the future of the initiative, and learn about many aspects of leading transformational change, non-profit management, event planning and design, facilitation, and more.
The intern will have responsibilities touching the full range of activities of the Intentional Endowments Network, including but not limited to:
• Researching topics related to sustainability, SRI, ESG investing at college and university endowments, including strategies and tools, trends, best practices, and new innovations
• Coordinating and participating in calls and meetings of the IEN’s Working Groups and interacting with high-level leaders, including senior administrators at colleges and universities, trustees, executives from investment management and investment consulting firms, and more. The Working Groups focus on key topics of interest to the network, such as shareholder engagement, financial performance of ESG strategies, fiduciary duty, peer-to-peer networking, the investors role in implementing the Paris Climate Agreement, renewable energy investments, and more
• Contributing to writing reports (briefing papers and/or white papers), developing tools, and creating high-quality promotional materials for the network
• Communications through various media (website, email, phone interviews, in-person meetings, webinars, etc.)
• Administrative tasks related to database management and operations
• Opportunities to engage in existing or new work streams driven by the candidate’s interests – such as fundraising and grant writing, developing new projects, assessing the network’s impact, etc.