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ESG Methodology Intern (Summer 2023)

Washington, DC
  • Expired: January 19, 2023. Applications are no longer accepted.

Founded in 2021, Novata is a public benefit corporation created and funded by a unique consortium of foundations and private sector companies including the Ford Foundation, the Omidyar Network, S&P Global, and Hamilton Lane. We are a for-profit, mission-driven company with the goal of empowering the private markets to build a more inclusive and sustainable form of capitalism. By bringing together the brightest minds in financial data, private equity, social justice, and inclusive capitalism, we aim to build the best technology and tools for the private markets to better collect, analyze, benchmark, and report ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) data. We have an experienced and diverse team, who are as ambitious about growing a successful company as we are about making an impact.

Our mission is to empower private markets to achieve a more sustainable and inclusive form of capitalism.

Internship Description:

Novata is seeking an intern for summer 2023. The Methodology Intern will focus on 2-3 projects under the primary supervision of the Methodology team. The ideal candidate would be located near New York City or Washington DC.

The intern will gain valuable real-world experience working at Novata in the tech and ESG industry. The experience will be customized and an extension of classroom learning.

Program Outline:

Under the supervision of the Methodology team, the intern will work collaboratively on a research project - focused on ESG metrics for the private markets.

Information will be gathered from standard organizations, nonprofit groups, and government agencies collected. This will involve gathering data, building/populating spreadsheets, and interacting with sales, marketing, and technology. The culmination of this project will be a training module for internal and external use.

Based on the department meetings, company exposure, and the outcomes of the first two projects, the intern and supervisor will select a third and final rotation and project.

Objectives and deliverables for the third project will be outlined with the department supervisor and intern.

Internship Support:

The intern will meet weekly with the project supervisor to discuss project progress and address any questions, comments, or concerns. There is the ability to meet with your mentors and the broader team at our DC co-working space or our permanent New York office if you already live in the area.

Each intern will be assigned a mentor. The mentor will help the intern get acclimated with company culture, answer general questions, and provide support aside from their direct supervisor.

At the conclusion of the internship, they will meet with the project supervisors to wrap up and summarize the project and deliverables. The intern will also be evaluated by each project supervisor on their performance.

The intern will also have the opportunity to evaluate their experience at the completion of their internship providing any positive or constructive feedback of the program.



  • A passion for our mission, sustainability and social impact
  • We're looking for a candidate who is a team player with excellent communication skills, who is also technologically savvy, proficient-advanced on Excel with some experience using survey tools (Google Forms, Survey Monkey).
  • Candidates with research project and/or competitive analysis experience are preferred.

  • Graduate MBA or related field
  • Student should be pursuing a degree in a field related to sustainability
  • Student should be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher

Application Process:
  • Completed Application
  • Resume
  • One-page cover letter
  • One brief letter of recommendation from a professor in your field of study for this specific internship.


15-20 hours a week

12-week commitment

Compensation: $25/hr



Washington, DC