2150 Sustainability Intern- Current Intake (Q3 '22)
Sustainability Intern - Q3 intake, 2150.vc
“Cities are where the climate battle will largely be won or lost” - UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Cities are global economic drivers, centres of culture and commerce, and where the majority of the world’s population resides. Urban areas also account for more than 70% of global GHG emissions and approximately as much energy consumption. Further, they are some of the most acutely vulnerable areas to the impacts of climate change from rising sea levels, increasing mean temperatures, or changes in precipitation patterns and storm severity.
At 2150, our objective is to find the game-changers and sustainable investments, the Urban Tech Gigacorns, that will enable a future where technology and innovation in the Urban Stack reverse cities’ negative impacts on the planet and promote sustainability and prosperity. We achieve this by deploying Constructive Capital that targets companies with the potential to benefit billions of people, create billions in commercial value and lower gigatonnes of emissions at scale.
Impact and sustainability is at the heart of 2150’s mission, informing how we invest, our interactions with companies and investors, and the ultimate ethos of our fund. As an organisation, we rely on internal expertise and capacities to evaluate impact and promote sustainable outcomes in our portfolio companies and investor network.
2150 is seeking a Sustainability Intern to support the fund’s investment and portfolio management efforts on impact and sustainability. The role will report to the Head of Sustainability, and will predominantly support the firm’s investment and research efforts. The internship will start in September 2022 and is available for a period of up to 6 months.
The intern will be responsible to support:
Portfolio company engagement - work with portfolio companies to enhance their use of sustainability insights and best practices, and ensure alignment with sustainability commitments. The intern will also manage data collection for impact and regulatory reporting.
Investment due diligence - researching and articulating the impact proposition of companies during 2150’s investment review process. The intern will support companies’ evaluations in line with the 2150 Impact Framework, helping to assess alignment with 2150’s impact principles and quantification of impacts. The intern will present insights during team discussions and should contribute to investment decisions.
Research and deep dives - researching and synthesising industry, financial and technical insights on sectors critical for climate neutral and resilient urban development. The intern will contribute to 2150’s ‘deep dives’ on specific sectors, providing a sustainability perspective to support comprehensive analyses. The intern will also need to quickly synthesise and summarise major policy, academic or technical developments in the sustainability and ESG space to inform the fund’s operations. Ad hoc support on events, blog posts or other research activities is also envisaged.
What We Expect
The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in sustainability, environmental science or management, engineering or business, with demonstrated interest and experience at the intersection of sustainability and finance. Work experience of 1 to 2 years is also preferred.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate proficiency in or understanding of:
- Research and synthesis. Rapid absorption and clear distillation of complex and often quantitative challenges to inform investment discussions and other analyses.
- Presentation skills. Proficiency in slide preparation and communicating key messages to a range of stakeholders.
- Project management. Ability to independently see through tasks and organise inputs across internal teams and a range of external stakeholders.
- Urban environmental and energy systems. Technical knowledge of the systems and components that drive cities’ impacts and contribute to their decarbonisation and sustainable development.
- Greenhouse gas modelling and associated tools. Ability to assess scope 1 through 3 emissions, including using tools such as life cycle assessments to evaluate unit level impacts.
- Policy analysis. Ability to assess the impacts of policy and regulatory developments on sectors’ functioning, technology uptake or investment opportunities.
Additionally, the intern should meet the following expectations:
- English speaker. You are well versed in communicating and writing in English
- Structure. You can manage yourself, take initiative and work on multiple projects at once
- Problem solver. You like solving problems collaboratively and with an analytical mindset
- Flexibility. You have the versatility to work with the team on a number of core problems and don’t mind taking on any task at a high pace
- Impact driven. You are motivated by solving global sustainability challenges.
- Curiosity. You are a curious person eager to learn and constantly develop
- You care. You are committed to creating more equitable and inclusive outcomes both in the workplace and in the work you do while being a team player
The ideal candidate will be based in London, though Copenhagen will be considered. Candidates should be able to demonstrate proof of right to work. The internship receives a competitive salary.
Commitment to Diversity
A sustainable community is one that has a place for everyone, and 2150 is excited to have applications from all aspects of society. We believe that a team with diverse backgrounds and beliefs will make our fund even stronger.