|CECP, recognized as an industry thought leader, is seeking an exceptional graduate-level summer intern to help identify the research topic that will guide its 2012 calendar of programs for its membership of global corporate CEOs and senior giving professionals. This internship provides an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to cross-sector leaders and the cutting-edge ideas that are steering the ways companies engage in solving social problems.As background, each year CECP selects a research theme that informs the major elements of our organization’s portfolio of member offerings, including the: Board of Boards CEO conference, Corporate Philanthropy Summit for senior giving professionals, research publications, webinars, media outreach, and regional events. In 2010, CECP’s research, developed in partnership with McKinsey & Co., investigated the five macro forces that will change the climate for business over the next decade, and what socially-minded steps companies must take now to stay ahead of those changes. This work resulted in the acclaimed report Shaping the Future: Solving Social Problems through Business Strategy. For 2011, CECP has partnered with Accenture to explore the implementation challenges of integrating socially-sustainable practices into core business strategy. We will introduce our joint findings in February at the CEO conference and launch the formal published report at the Corporate Philanthropy Summit this June.This summer, we will begin the process of selecting a topic to guide CECP’s 2012 programming. To support this effort, the John C. Whitehead Intern will work directly alongside CECP’s Director, Margaret Coady, to:
• Conduct a landscape analysis to evaluate the current state of thinking on topics suggested by CECP’s leadership and esteemed strategic Advisory Council.
• Identify possible corporate case studies and CEO interview subjects for each.
• Craft an interview guide and help conduct meetings to discuss potential research topics with industry thought leaders, as well as senior corporate sustainability and giving professionals. For a listing of the types of individuals likely to be involved, see the acknowledgments section of the Shaping the Future report.
•Identify and assess potential research partners connected with the most promising topics.
• Present, as a final deliverable, a comprehensive analysis as to which topics are most unique and best aligned with CECP’s mission to CECP’s Executive Director, Charles Moore, who was named CRO Magazine’s 2008 CEO of the Year and received the United Nation’s MDG Award for Business Community Leadership in Corporate Philanthropy.
Dependent on the intern’s start date, he/she will further be instrumental in helping to coordinate the final elements leading up to CECP’s Corporate Philanthropy Summit, an invitation-only event for senior corporate giving officers from the world’s most influential companies on June 1 and 2. At the conclusion of th
• Candidate for an advanced degree in a relevant field such as business, public policy, or public administration.
• Outstanding analytical acumen and the ability to synthesize information from diverse sources into frameworks and strategic recommendations.
• Experience in developing interview questionnaires and conducting interviews with subject matter experts.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Knowledge of corporate philanthropy, “shared value,” and social sustainability preferred.
• Demonstrated professional or academic independent research experience, particularly as it relates to early-stage topic selection preferred.
• A high-degree of initiative, motivation, commitment to excellence, and attention to detail.
• A roll-up-your-sleeves, solutions-oriented attitude fitting a small, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization.
• A sense of humor and the humility to regularly incorporate feedback from others into work processes.
• Enthusiasm and interest in advancing CECP’s mission.
Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter that outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity. Attach these documents in PDF format to an email addressed to Margaret Coady (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject: “[Last Name] – Whitehead Intern Application”. Finalists must be able to interview in-person at CECP’s office in New York City. Deadline is March 1, 2011.