Internship, Technical Team – CDP North America

  • Internship posted by CDP



Hours per week

28 hours/ per week




New York
New York
United States


CDP North America is seeking one intern to support the Science Based Targets initiative, of which CDP is a partner. Science-based targets specify how much and how quickly a company needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, in line with the Paris Agreement goals to limit global warming to well below a 2°C temperature increase. This is an excellent learning opportunity for students interested in sustainability and climate change. The responsibilities and requirements have some flexibility in being geared toward the student’s skills and interests.


·      Location: New York City, USA strongly preferred but remote candidates will be considered.

·      Duration: 4 months, March-June with flexible start and end dates.

·      This is a paid part-time internship for up to 28 hours per week. The hours can be flexible, but candidates should be available to work at least 15 hours per week.


About CDP

CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with over 800 institutional investors with assets of US$87 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 6,300 companies with some 55% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2017. This is in addition to the over 500 cities and 100 states and regions who disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition. Please visit or follow us on twitter @CDP to find out more.   

Key responsibilities:

·      Analyze the greenhouse gas emissions and targets of companies to identify trends, barriers, and areas of improvement to support the development of guidance documents and criteria.

·      Organize and update internal database with company data.

·      Investigate topics related to greenhouse gas accounting and corporate sustainability.

·      Draft guidance, tools, and white papers on science-based targets setting and related topics (greenhouse gas accounting, etc.).

·      Provide e-mail support to companies on technical and non-technical questions, as needed.

·      Summarize decisions and action items during meetings.

·      Administrative tasks as needed.

Key requirements:

·      Undergraduate degree in sustainability, climate change, environmental studies or a related field. If applicant is currently earning an undergraduate degree, he/she must be a senior. Applicants pursuing or who have a graduate degree are strongly preferred.

·      Ability to organize and analyze large datasets in Excel.

·      Knowledge of climate change and corporate sustainability.

·      Ability to convert units, extrapolate, create graphs and analyze data.

·      Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, highly organized, eager to learn, excellent attention to detail.

·      Excellent communication and writing skills.

Preferred skills:

·      Proficiency in the following programs: SharePoint, R, VBA programming, and/or data visualization software. Experience using Microsoft CRM and/or Salesforce is a plus.

·      Knowledge of greenhouse gas accounting and climate change models. Knowledge of the Science Based Targets initiative’s eligibility criteria, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, IEA Energy Technology Perspectives report, and/or IPCC Assessment Reports is a huge plus.

·      Experience working with companies on sustainability projects.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should email, attaching a resume and a cover letter. The cover letter should outline suitability for the role, hours of availability, and preferred start date. Please use the following subject line: 2018 SBTi Intern Application – [First Name Last Name].

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Interested applicants must be eligible to work legally in the US.