Portfolio Research Internship

for Sustainable Investment Fund


Internship Application Deadline: September 22nd, 2018 by 5pm

Start date: October 2nd, 2018

Timeline: Four months

Required Hours: 120

Position for credit or potential 500$ honorarium

To Apply: Send CV and cover letter to finance[at]sustainableconcordia.ca

Are you knowledgeable about non-profit finance? Passionate about sustainability? Want to learn about divestment and its concrete implementations? We want to meet you!

About Sustainable Concordia (SC)

We are an organization that builds and measures culture and practices of sustainability at Concordia University in solidarity with the global community. We believe that fundamental changes need to be implemented. We assess and address challenges of the existing economy based on unlimited growth and exploitation of natural resources and a political system that excludes key stakeholders from participating in decision-making.

By acting locally and networking globally, we achieve sustainability by exploring, creating, and institutionalizing models that function within the earth’s carrying capacity. We aim to enact an expanded political mission for the university, and redirect decision-making through a multi-stakeholder approach based on transparency and maximum participation.

Sustainable Concordia acknowledges that our society does not value and respect all people equally. Our equity policy is structured to recognize barriers to formal learning and employment opportunities that leave out systemically marginalized and undervalued social groups. Accordingly, we encourage applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) persons, persons with disabilities, queer persons, trans persons, and other groups that are usually overlooked in hiring processes. If you wish to be considered for employment equity, please indicate in the application. Note: We do not require applicants to disclose the reasons for which they are applying for employment equity.

Goal of the internship:

The overall goal of this internship is to research and document concrete options and steps required to create an investment portfolio for community organizations. The internship will be focused on developing investment strategies while producing documentation, presentations, workshops, pamphlets.


Related Tasks:

  • Research information on current sustainable finance products (ESGs, Impact finance, etc), market trends, and access of information.
  • Develop tools and awareness materials (presentations, workshops, pamphlets) aimed at demystifying sustainable finance to a non technical audience.
  • Help develop and implement recommendations and an action plan towards the creation of a sustainable investment fund.
  • Collaborate with other interns.


  • Intermediate understanding of non-profit financial needs.
  • Basic knowledge of sustainable finance and desire to continue learning.
  • Show understanding of sustainability issues.
  • Self-starter and able to work independently.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Basic knowledge about building an investment portfolio and using databases for analyzing investments.
  • Experience on evaluating investments.
  • Analytical skills.


  • Develop three to five personal learning objectives.
  • Participate in a mid and end of internship evaluation related to personal learning objectives and deliverables.
  • One or more documents demystifying (sustainable) finance to related audiences, using intuitive visuals and language.
  • Two to three presentations for general audiences explaining and outlining the research process and findings.
  • An action plan towards the creation of a sustainable investment portfolio.
  • Develop a record of the methodologies of the research.


Personal Learning Objectives:

These tasks will be completed in addition to personal learning objectives, decided upon by the intern.

Internship Schedule: Schedule will be decided upon by the intern and their supervisor.


To Apply: Send CV and cover letter to finance[at]sustainableconcordia.ca