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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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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 internship opportunities for students who want to learn more about the WBCSD and the 200+ member companies working to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. 

Informational event!

Interested? Have some questions?  

We hosted an informational event with key staff from WBCSD and career & professional development experts from YSE and SOM. Watch the recording to learn more about the organization as well as what these summer experiences are all about! 

Joining us from the WBCSD are:

 

2022 Summer Internships

The 2022 Summer Internships

CBEY is delighted to be able to support four (4) paid internship opportunities for students from the Yale School of the Environment and the Yale School of Management.

Job overview

Apply strategic thinking, coupled with capacity for project management and implementation, to help support ongoing projects and to position and profile WBCSD as the leading voice of business for systems transformation in one of the Imperatives (Climate Action, Nature Action, or Equity Action); Pathways (Food & Ag, Built Environment, Mobility, Healthy People Healthy Business, Energy or Circular Economy), or in Redefining Value.

Responsibilities and duties
  • Provide logistic support in the organization of various virtual meetings & events, for the relevant Imperative, Pathway or Redefining Value, to ensure related meetings, events and communications are executed to plan
  • Support the development of communication material and social media engagement including professional presentations for the projects to use in communicating to members, other companies and partners
  • Facilitate the engagement of members, prospects, and key stakeholders towards the achievement of the Imperative, Pathway or Redefining Value deliverables
  • Participate in calls and meetings with members, other companies and partner organizations to learn more about WBCSD, how we work, and our relationships with other organizations
  • Present insights and recommendations to internal stakeholders
Qualifications
  • These internships are open to current graduate students at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) and Yale School of Management
  • Minimum 1 year of related experience strongly preferred

Collaboration and Cooperation:

  • Relates well to people at all levels. Adapts to the team and enhances team spirit
  • Capacity to work independently, proactively address problems and meet deadlines
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and ad hoc demands simultaneously
  • Thrives when working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment and understands that the ebb and flow of team priorities may require “all-hands-on-deck” at times

Writing and Reporting:

  • Writes clearly, succinctly and correctly in a convincing and engaging manner
  • Avoids the unnecessary use of jargon or complicated language
  • Structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience

Communication and events management:

  • Listens, consults others and communicates proactively
  • Knowledge of, and demonstrated skills in, communication (tools such as PPT and social media); database management (software such as Salesforce) and excellent organizational skills
  • Expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly
  • Makes presentations with skill and confidence and has strong facilitation skills. Responds quickly to the needs of an audience and projects credibility
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English are critical, fluency in additional languages is an advantage

Project Management:

  • Plan and lead day-to-day project activities to deliver the agreed work
  • Monitor progress against plan

These positions are full-time, summer internship positions based in our New York office, or home-based, but may also require international travel. WBCSD is a purpose-driven, forward-thinking, and action-oriented organization, characterized by diversity of gender, nationalities, and work experiences. 

Work environment
  • WBCSD offers a competitive, modern, and flexible working arrangement:
  • Geneva-based organization with offices in London, New Delhi, Singapore and New York City
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • State-of-the-art facilities and ICT-enabled working tools
  • Dynamic working atmosphere
  • Open culture encouraging interaction and sharing of ideas and opinions
  • Sustainable commuting incentives
Compensation

Each intern will receive $10,000

How to Apply

Send a resume, and a 1-2 page cover letter (in PDF form) by email to Shona Fullerton, Director of Human Resources at WBCSD (fullerton@wbcsd.org) by 11:59 PM ET on February 20, 2022.

If you have questions about the program, eligible Yale graduate students should contact the Career Development Office Directors at YSE (kevin.doyle@yale.edu), SOM (kennedy.sani@yale.edu), or CBEY (heather.fitzgerald@yale.edu).

In your cover letter, please be sure to provide information about:

  • Which of the WBSCD program, project or issue areas is most of interest to you, and why;
  • What skills, experience, knowledge, perspectives, and interests you would bring to that program.
  • To familiarize yourself with WBSCD, visit wbcsd.org

People & Partners

Heather Fitzgerald

Associate Director 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

Rodney Irwin

Chief Operating Officer at World Business Council for Sustainable Development