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Impact Investing Internship Spring 2017

Impact Investing Internship Spring 2017

The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation is a private, family foundation that supports grassroots organizations and movements throughout the United States that are working to change environmental, social, economic and political conditions to bring about a more just, equitable and sustainable world. We do this through grantmaking, responsible, sustainable and impact investing, technical assistance to grantees and taking leadership roles in the field of philanthropy. The Foundation consistently challenges structural racism, gender inequality, and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, economic status, physical ability, gender, and immigration status. We seek to open channels of opportunities for those who are systemically denied. 

Current grantmaking focuses in three areas - Environmental Justice, Reproductive Rights, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems - and also supports efforts for a sustainable New York. Within the focus of grantmaking, the Foundation looks for opportunities to support cross-issue and cross-movement work with the goal of building a broad, progressive social justice movement. Established in 1947, the Foundation is located in New York City. The Foundation’s staff and Board are all deeply connected to many of the program areas and movements that the Foundation supports. The Foundation’s Board of Directors includes family members, scholars, movement activists, consultants, and financial experts who work closely with staff to implement the vision and values of the Foundation. 

We envision a socially just and environmentally sustainable society in which all people are able to gain the knowledge and build the power they need to exercise their rights and participate fully in the economic, social, and political decisions that affect their lives and communities. 

Noyes’ vision and values drive both our program and investment strategies. The Foundation has been a pioneer in the sustainable, responsible and impact investing field for over 30 years. We have practiced shareholder activism to assist our grantees, supported the development of the field through investor collaboratives and seeded innovative environmental and social investment funds. The foundation has new leadership and is focused on remaining close to our mission of grassroots movement building, and we see our investment resources as a critical part of this heritage. We currently apply mission alignment across our entire portfolio and seek to intentionally create impact with the goal of leveraging all of our resources in a bold and deliberate manner.

The Impact Investing Internship:

This spring, we are looking for a graduate school intern to work in our New York office 1 to 2 days per week to help us with the execution of our social justice investing research agenda that is informed by our recent impact investing advisor search. This reserch will build on Noyes’ history of responsible, sustainable and impact investing. Specific projects range from conducting research and coordinating the writing and production of a research publication that looks at Noyes history of social investing and the learnings from our recent impact investing advisor search to working with the president and finance committee to complete and ultimately document this process for the field. A key element of this work will be the exploration of the linkage between impact investing and social justice and the translation of our program goals into our investment strategy.

The candidate needs to have a strong passion for responsible investing (SRI, ESG, and Impact investing) and social justice and will be familiar with investment management concepts and products. The candidate can be studying any major, but preference will be given to students with a strong research skills and experience in investment management and research. We are seeking a strong mix of qualitative and quantitative skills. Exceptional writing skills are also required. Preference for students to spend at least one full 8 hour day on-site, but with the option to work the balance of their hours on site, on campus or remotely.

Noyes is an equal opportunity employer. No applicant for employment shall be subjected to discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation or parental or immigration status. 

This is a paid internship. Please forward a cover letter, resume and writing sample to the attention of Steven Godeke, Trustee, at