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ICCR seeks fall interns
ICCR is seeking candidates who are graduate students for fall internships. The Interns may assist staff by completing research and analysis, assisting in corporate dialogues and communications, and providing support to the ICCR team. Internship research topics may include: food and water sustainability, climate and the environment, and community engagement. The internship period is scheduled to run from late August through mid-December. Learn more and apply here.
ICCR's interns come to us from a wide range of academic programs and geographies and are asked to employ an equally wide range of skills to help ICCR further its mission. We have hosted interns from Yale, Columbia University, CUNY City College, Duke University, Oberlin, Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Michigan as well as interns from Denmark and France. And they have participated in our work differently: Some have helped with the more rudimentary tasks of inputting resolutions to keep our shareholder actions database current, others have employed design and photographic skills for our website development and others have contributed white papers and research on ICCR priority issues. Whatever your skills or interest, we will look to find a suitable internship that will be mutually beneficial for both your career and our organization.
What can I expect to do as an intern?
The Interns will contribute to one of the following of ICCR’s areas of focus: climate change and the environment, human trafficking, and water. The Interns may assist staff by completing research and analysis, assisting in corporate dialogues and communications, and providing support to the ICCR team. Specific research may address policy and regulations, ethical labor recruitment, and identifying water risks in different corporate sectors and regions.
Internships typically require a moderate amount of research. Some require a bit of data entry, and others, more substantial writing. The majority of internships require you to be here in the office in NYC, between 1 and 3 days a week. As an intern, you'll have the opportunity to attend program/staff meetings and conference calls with ICCR members to gain a better understanding of current and emerging issues in corporate responsibility.You'll also be able to participate in working sessions during one of our annual working conferences, where members from asset management companies, pension funds, foundations, and faith-based organizations come together to discuss strategy.
How will I benefit from interning with ICCR?
The Interns will make a tremendous contribution to important work of an organization that helped to found and continues to shape the corporate social responsibility movement. The Interns will learn the importance of shareholder activism and documenting company progress. Where possible, the Interns will be given the opportunity to engage with ICCR program staff (such as attending program/staff meetings and conference calls with ICCR members) to gain a better understanding of the issues and the field of corporate responsibility.
After interning with us, interns leave with a better understanding of the field of corporate responsibility as well as the the practices of shareholder activism and multi-stakeholder engagement. Depending on the nature of the internship, some interns will gain in-depth experience in web design and development, while others will benefit from having had the opportunity to observe a shareholder/corporate dialogue in person. You'll have the chance to network with ICCR members representing all areas of the field of corporate responsibility, from the US and Europe.
Here's what a few of our recent interns had to say about their experiences:
Mario Ponsell, Columbia University
I was initially drawn to ICCR because of its 40+ years of leadership in the socially responsible investing (SRI) industry. ICCR’s relationship with executives from Fortune 500 companies – people who can affect real change using the scale of their companies and supply chains – delivers results that shape our society for the better. My interest in corporate social responsibility stems from the fact that not every environmental, social, or governance (ESG) issue can be efficiently addressed by government. Businesses have the opportunity to fill that void because of the impact they have on the everyday lives of consumers. Amidst climate change and increasing demands for socially and environmentally responsible business practices, it is only natural to look to our corporate leaders as difference makers in our communities.
I worked for ICCR’s Strategic Initiatives Program Director, Nadira Narine, researching CSR policies in the quick-service restaurant industry and best practices in community engagement. It was eye opening to see the different ways that a seemingly-simple fast-food restaurant can play a role in environmental and social sustainability. After completing my first project (comparing CSR practices of McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Yum! Brands), I authored ICCR’s Guidelines for Partnered Engagement, a guide to help link ICCR’s members with partnered stakeholders as part of their advocacy campaigns.
I liked working for ICCR because it offers an environment that is both challenging and supportive. Its program staff have extensive knowledge in their respective areas of research and are excellent resources for learning and networking across the spectrum of ESG issues. As a military veteran transitioning from active duty to the civilian workforce via graduate school, ICCR provided me with an amazing opportunity to learn more about the world around me and the impact I can make in my future career.
Shuo Gao, Columbia University
During my internship at ICCR, I worked for Christina Herman, ICCR’s Program Director for Climate and the Environment. I conducted research on corporate progress on science-based greenhouse gas targets. Specifically, I created reports by reading company CDP reports, SEC filings, and corporate responsibility and sustainability reports. My reports include information about each company’s environmental performance (including current commitments, and GHG reduction targets), its attitude towards climate change, and a comparison with its peer companies.
Before joining ICCR, I had completed academic research about sustainable development and had an overall understanding of the current situation and corporate engagement in this area. However, my internship with ICCR has been my first opportunity to gain professional experience in this field. As I had the opportunity to participate in many corporate dialogues and conference calls with the help of Christina, I now understand more about how US companies deal with climate change, which is the great treasure for me. The staff members of ICCR are all experts in this field and are always willing to help, so I gained experience like a sponge absorbs water. I really appreciate the chance to be a part of ICCR, and I will keep on the path of environmental protection in the future.
Caitlin Cahalan, Binghamton University
My time at ICCR was spent researching food waste and water sustainability, focusing on the impacts of corporate supply chains on water quality and availability. Throughout my internship, I read and analyzed environmental disclosure reports, contributed to several ICCR reports, and prepared briefing memos on pressing water-related issues, such as pesticide use, deforestation and commodity goods production, food waste reduction initiatives, and the Dakota Access Pipeline construction.
The research I conducted over the past few months allowed me to gain a much deeper understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility, and gave me hands-on experience seeing how companies work to reduce their environmental impacts. It was truly a pleasure to work with such driven and enthusiastic people at ICCR, and it really enhanced the organization’s mission of social change. Looking forward, I hope to continue my work in CSR, and I am grateful for the invaluable experiences I have gained here.
Addison Rothrock, Yale Divinity School
At ICCR, I conducted research in ethical labor recruitment policies over a wide range of industries to support ICCR's No Fees Initiative. That research took the form of surveying company codes of conduct, reading studies in the implementation of corporate policies in extended supply chains, and statistical analysis. I entered into this internship with little to no understanding of socially responsible investing. Now, however, I am exiting this internship with a much greater understanding of the mechanisms behind SRI, recognizing the value of religious community engagement and their operative, life-affirming language employed in this mission. In a lot of ways, I think that this internship has redefined my career goals – or at least expanded my imaginative capacity for how I can utilize my academic studies and varied skills. ICCR’s work proves that faith, and the system of values framing its tradition, can infiltrate the corporate world to cooperatively inhibit the abuse of those on the fringes of society. I hope to continue this important work in my future endeavors.
Mackenzie Clark, Columbia University
During my summer internship, I completed research on water sustainability, with particular attention to textile supply chains in China and Bangladesh, and the American meat and poultry sector. I was able to utilize the incredible domestic and international networks ICCR possesses to expand my understanding of my areas of focus, and engage with people at the local level to enrich my deliverables.
ICCR provided a unique and preferred working environment that strived to challenge me, support me, and truly valued the contribution I was making to the organization. My time with ICCR was nothing but incredible, not only because I felt the work I was doing was meaningful and interesting, but because of what I learned about myself and what I bring to the consistently evolving sustainability and CSR space. Working with such intelligent, impassioned and dedicated people was inspiring and reaffirms the legacy of ICCR and the work they have, and continue to do. Thank you again for such a wonderful experience!
I came to ICCR with the goal of gaining hands-on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and socially responsible investment (SRI) experience, and to expand my knowledge related to these fields. I developed my interests in them when I was a student and wanted to work in the field as a young professional. However, most of the instruction I’d received back in school was very theoretical. Coming to ICCR and assisting with projects in CSR and SRI has helped me to gain experience in the real world, which is a meaningful treasure for me as I advance to become a professional. Read E's story.