Winter/Spring 2022 Sustainability Reports Research Analyst Internship

G&A’s remote internship opportunity is for qualified students interested in learning more about corporate sustainability and ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) issues.

During the remote internship, G&A Institute Interns learn and master important elements of common reporting frameworks used by investors, such as GRI Standards, SASB, TCFD, CDP, IIRC and the UN SDGs, among others. An example of topics and issues of discussion and research during this internship include the concepts of materiality, stakeholder engagement, external assurance, reporting balance, comparability, and many others. All of which is valuable knowledge and experience that can be applied in your studies and future careers.

The work supports G&A’s pro-bono work including G&A's US Sustainability Reporting Database (SRD) along with contributing to associated research on sustainability reporting trends made available to the public with recognition of the intern’s contributions to the research.

This is a rapidly growing area of interest to Wall Street, investors and various corporations from all sectors and industries. In 2020, G&A interns contributed to G&A’s two-part annual research publication tracking sustainability reporting trends of both the S&P 500®  and Russell 1000® companies. They found that 90% of S&P 500 companies and 65% of the Russell 1000 companies were publishing sustainability reports!

Opportunity:  

  • Discover the ins and outs of the world’s leading sustainability frameworks
  • Learn to analyze data and interpret content from sustainability reporting
  • Gain insights into the rapidly growing field of ESG from industry-experts
  • Assist in team research supporting G&A publications; public recognition will be given to all interns involved in research and publications

Internship Identification:  Sustainability Report Research Analyst

Virtual Location: Work is done remotely – at your own location with a flexible work schedule.  Initial training via virtual meeting tools. There will be opportunities to attend industry networking and training events (virtual and in-person when available) with G&A’s network of event and training partners.

Time Period & Commitments: Interns are expected to dedicate approximately 10 hours per week for 6 months; with an approximate start date of January 2022. Working hours are flexible for the majority of time required. However, interns are expected to also be flexible and make time for occasional team calls within normal working hours (10AM - 5PM EST).

Compensation: $15 per hour, estimated at 10 hours per week

College Credit: College credit may be available. Interested candidates should check with their school, academic advisor and/or career center for more information about college credit internship guidelines specific for their school and/or academic program.


MORE ABOUT THE INTERN POSITION
In this role, you will work as part of a team to analyze sustainability reports for inclusion in the largest US database of sustainability reports, G&A's U.S. Sustainable Reporting Database (US-SRD).

The majority of this assignment, will be comprised of learning to read, analyze, use and structure data from corporate and institutional sustainability reports.  The research will also contribute to several published research reports on various trends in sustainability reporting which are made public and widely referenced by media, academics, business, capital markets players and other important sustainability stakeholders.

Student(s) selected will have the opportunity to experience a fast-paced, highly-adaptive, mentoring culture in a small but growing company with a unique niche. This is a hands-on position with considerable learning opportunity for those headed into corporate responsibility / sustainability or sustainability / impact investment careers.

G&A interns get public recognition for their work in published reports, on G&A’s web platforms, blogs, and public press releases. Interns also have the opportunity to contribute to the G&A SustainabilityUpdate blog based on their research and interests related to the internship

G&A’s is proud of its Intern Alumni and are happy to share their success with the world, as they accomplish great things through their careers navigating the way to sustainability. 

To see what past G&A Interns have been doing (and their backgrounds) check out G&A’s Honor Roll at http://www.ga-institute.com/about-the-institute/the-honor-roll.html  

INTERNSHIP CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be in senior year of Bachelors program or in a Masters program with major/studies focused on business, capital markets, ESG, environmental and/or sustainability issues and topics.
  • Demonstrate strong background / keen interest or past work experience in ESG and sustainability-related issues / topics.  
  • Having a basic understanding of business and the capital markets is mandatory.
  • Must have strong skill sets and experience in independent online research and analysis.
  • Must be excellent at using Excel / Google Sheets and researching on Google.
  • Have strong technical, communication and organizational skills. 
  • Must be self-driven and able to work independently to meet expectations and deadlines.
  • Must be fluent in English, additional languages are a plus.
  • Applicants with good writing and editing abilities will have a preference.


APPLICATION SUBMISSION PROCESS & OVERVIEW

Phase 1: 
If you meet the above requirements, interested students should email the following items to internships@ga-institute.com

  1. A cover letter outlining why you would be a good fit for this role.
  2. Resume including your education, skill sets, and work experience.
  3. A one-to-two page introduction essay on what you would like to learn more about (in terms of your career goals), what your interests are, and anything else you feel may be relevant to the job/our organization. Include sectors or industries you may be particularly interested in regarding ESG / Sustainability.
  4. Samples of writing or research on sustainability or other topics are also a plus.

Our interns are a crucial part of the G&A team and are required to perform in-depth analysis of corporate sustainability reports and contribute to G&A's major research projects. We therefore require all candidates to undergo a research analyst assessment process, outlined below:

Phase 2: 
In this phase, you’ll be asked to analyze five (5) sustainability reports for pre-determined companies. All the information you need will be provided. Upon completing Phase 2, G&A will grade your submission. Those who perform well enough will be selected to move on to Phase 3.

Phase 3: 
In this phase, you’ll receive detailed feedback on your Phase 2 submission and will be asked to review and demonstrate an understanding of any mistakes. You’ll also be required to analyze five (5) more sustainability reports. Those who perform well enough will be selected to move on to Phase 4.

Phase 4:
If this phase, select applicants will be contacted to schedule a short video interview.

Selection Process: 
After completing all phases, the G&A team will carefully review all of your application materials and your video interview performance.   Final decisions will be announced via email to selected applicants. 

Eligibility
Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. without company sponsorship, now or in the future, for employment-based work authorization. F-1 visa holders with Optional Practical Training (OPT) who will require H-1B status, TNs, or current H-1B visa holders will not be considered.

We treat all applications and related information as confidential and private communications. We regret that it's not possible to acknowledge receipt of every resume due to the high volume of responses that usually result from on-line postings. Eligible candidates will be contacted for next steps.


ABOUT GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY INSTITUTE
Founded in 2006, Governance & Accountability Institute is a New York City-based company that specializes in research, communications, strategies and other services focused on corporate sustainability and corporate ESG performance (“Environmental, Social, Governance”) issues.