Paid Internship: Berkeley, CA

Job Title: Sustainable Finance Intern (Paid)
Position reports to: Sustainable Finance Campaigner Position Location: Berkeley, CA
About Friends of the Earth US

Friends of the Earth U.S. fights to defend the environment and create a more healthy and just world. We’re part of Friends of the Earth International, a federation of groups working in 76 countries on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues.

In accomplishing our mission, Friends of the Earth is working at the nexus of environmental protection, economic policy and social justice to fundamentally transform the way our country and the world values people and the environment. We are focused on reforming economic drivers such as tax or trade policy that are often used to empower corporations and government to harm the environment.

For decades, Friends of the Earth has advocated for the development and implementation of environmental and social financing standards at international development banks such as the World Bank. In the past years, we have promoted sustainable finance policies and practices at Chinese banks, through our research and by working with Chinese environmentalists.

This position will introduce emerging models of sustainable finance on the international and Chinese level. He or she will provide key support to the Sustainable Finance Campaigner and be introduced to a community of environmental NGOs working to improve environmental and social impacts of international financing and development projects. This internship pays $15 USD per hour. This is a 12 week summer internship. Housing will not be provided.


  •   Conduct research on new trends and policies in sustainable finance, primarily those emerging from China
  •   Draft, edit, and research material for forthcoming reports or briefings, including one on disclosure policies at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
  •   Assist in researching Chinese language databases
  •   Engage in general campaign support as needed

    Expected Products

  •   Produce research which will inform future campaigns
  •   Producing draft materials and/or content for forthcoming reports
  •   Producing a briefing on how to navigate Chinese language databases


Interns will be selected based on their education and experience. A background in economics, banking, sustainable finance, environmental issues, and/or international relations (with a focus on China) is recommended. Candidates with liberal arts backgrounds are also encouraged to apply. We are looking for an intern with strong analytical, writing, editing, and researching skills who can summarize complex issues and processes into concise briefings. Intermediate or advanced (reading and writing) Chinese and knowledge of the environmental movement in China is required. Interns should be highly motivated, “out of the box” thinkers who are able to work independently. We are seeking graduate level students to apply, but may consider high achieving junior or senior year undergraduates. We welcome applicants exploring a career in the NGO industry.


We will be reviewing applications until June 2, 2016. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter as a single pdf file to redward[at]

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