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Jobs for the Future (JFF) Labs

Climate Innovations Intern


About Jobs for the Future, JFF Labs, and Climate Resilient Employees for a Sustainable Future (CREST):

Jobs for the Future (JFF) drives transformation of the American workforce and education systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all.

JFFLabs drives transformation of the workforce & education system through insights, incubation, and investing. Educators, workforce professionals, and entrepreneurs have innovative solutions but need support developing them, proof that what they're doing works, and a connection to capital to help them succeed. Investors seek guidance in identifying high-impact opportunities and promising solutions that generate results for learners and workers, produce financial outcomes, and bolster the economy. JFFLabs bridges these communities and drives innovation in education and workforce systems through market insights, incubating solutions, and investing in promising companies.

Climate-Resilient Employees for a Sustainable Tomorrow (CREST) is a five-year, $25 million career preparation and reskilling initiative of the Ares Foundation that aims to close the gap between the demand for a skilled workforce for green jobs and the number of people prepared for these opportunities. Working with our partners and local communities, we can deepen our impact, harness new opportunities and help create a green, resilient future that benefits generations to come. This initiative encompasses multiple working groups responsible for combining research, data, and insights to generate frameworks about the future of a low carbon economy, including high-quality green jobs of the future, emerging and transforming career pathways across impacted sectors, as well as identifying emerging and forward-looking training programs and new and innovative solutions for personal finance, self-efficacy, and resilience through this ‘green transformation.' JFF will also launch a regional innovation challenge and support entrepreneurs and early-stage solutions supporting these transformations regionally and locally.

The opportunity:

The summer intern will engage in a variety of research and content development tasks related to the nature of green jobs, green skills, green knowledge, the development of concepts such as green wealth, and emerging solutions to support economic mobility and resilience for workers and learners through this transformation. The summer intern may author and contribute to publications as a part of this effort, may participate in events, network across entrepreneurs, educators, and workforce leaders in this space, and may leverage systems thinking and analytical approaches to develop a foundational connection across these two bodies of work, one focused on research and theory and the other focused on innovation and application. Internship may include the following activities: 

  • Research and thought leadership: Work closely across paper authors, contributing authors, and researchers to develop analytic viewpoints around findings, concepts, and to present/contribute to the development of high-value publications.
  • Rapid Insights: Write and contribute to articles for a wide audience, including sharing stories emerging from our research and thought leadership efforts.

The intern will report to the Insights Research and Innovations Teams

Helpful skills and attributes of applicants for this project opportunity include:

  • A consulting mindset with the ability to pull out key insights and know where to find information.
  • Excitement about publishing and coauthoring reports and about what we are discovering through our research.
  • Interested in research, learning through dialogue, and quickly sharing what we are learning.
  • Understanding of market analysis and research is helpful but not required.


Remote with potential for travel

How to apply:

Please submit:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter (no more than 2 pages) to include:
    • Your interest in this project
    • Any relevant background/experience
    • Why you believe this work is important
    • Please share any important identity or identities you hold. Note that this is completely optional. Examples of identities that may be important to you might include (but are not limited to): gender, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, generation, education level, cultural identity, occupation, sexuality, family structure, housing status, mental health (health status/ability), incarceration status, institution affiliation, primary language, religion, immigration status, medical history, first-generation, income/ socio-economic class, quality of education, occupation, and/or parent's education

Please submit the above directly to JFF Labs via this link. Please also send a note to letting us know you have applied to this opportunity.

Application deadline is 11:59 PM ET on March 27th.