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WBCSD Internships

These internships offer students a unique opportunity to dig into the work happening at the WBCSD to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.

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WBCSD Overview

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a global community of over 225 of the world’s leading businesses driving systems transformation for a better world in which 9+ billion people can live well, within planetary boundaries, by mid-century. Together, we transform the systems we work in to limit the impact of the climate crisis, restore nature, and tackle inequality.   

The WBCSD accelerates value chain transformation across key sectors and reshapes the financial system to reward sustainable leadership and action through a lower cost of capital. Through the exchange of best practices, improving performance, accessing education, forming partnerships, and shaping the policy agenda, we drive progress in businesses and sharpen the accountability of their performance.  

About our Partnership with the WBCSD

In 2015, CBEY became the first Knowledge Partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global, CEO-led community of over 200 of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature positive, and more equitable future.

This partnership provides WBCSD and its members with a unique opportunity to engage Yale's science and business knowledge, together with students’ passion and creativity, to help address the social and environmental challenges of climate change.

From this partnership, we are able to offer paid summer opportunities for students who want to learn more about the WBCSD and how they are working with their 200+ member companies to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. 

About the Internship Program

WBCSD is a purpose-driven, forward-thinking, and action-oriented organization, characterized by diversity of gender, nationalities, and work experiences. WBCSD offers a competitive, modern, and flexible working arrangement:

  • Geneva-based organization with offices in London, Amsterdam, New York and Singapore (note that all internship opportunities will be remote) 
  • State-of-the-art facilities and Information Communication Technology (ICT) - enabled working tools
  • Flex-time possibilities
  • Dynamic working atmosphere
  • Open culture that encourages interaction and sharing of ideas and opinions
  • Language: Fluency in English (written and spoken) is essential, additional languages beneficial

Throughout the summer, the WBCSD will provide access to:

  • brown bag lunches
  • educational and interactive webinars on the various WBCSD working areas

Note the application has closed. We will begin the process again in January 2025. Please feel free to reach out to anytime during the year to learn more about this opportunity.

Summer 2024 Cohort

Kate Gehrke

Masters of Environmental Management 2025

2024 Summer Internships

The 2024 Summer Internships

CBEY and the WBCSD are delighted to be able to offer six (6) paid internship opportunities for students from Yale's graduate and professional schools as well as Ph.D. programs. Undergrads will also be considered.

The opportunities are below - click on each to read the descriptions.

Compensation for each of these opportunities is $10,000. 

Past Cohorts

Summer 2023

Summer 2022

Previous Events

People & Partners

Heather Fitzgerald

Managing Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
Staff Lead, Business and the Environment Learning Community at Yale School of the Environment

Rodney Irwin

Chief Operating Officer at World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Kathy Hoegler

Program Associate at Yale Center for Business and the Environment

Stuart DeCew

Executive Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
MBA 2011
Master of Environmental Management 2011