MBA Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Summer Intern

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    The Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) MBA Internship is a growth opportunity for an MBA or other graduate-level student interested in going into the Environmental, Social, and Governance profession. The ideal candidate possesses strong leadership skills, the ability to take initiative, excellent research and writing skills, and experience developing initiatives for scaling commercial strategy operations.

    The intern will be a key member of the ESG team in Summer 2024. The internship will provide a hands-on learning experience working cross-functionally with subject matter experts throughout the company. The internship can be in-person or hybrid for a student located near our Ames, IA office or remote.

    2024 Start Dates:

    This position will start in the summer, please see our start dates below.

    • Summer Internships: Monday, May 20, 2024
    • 40/hours per week max

    What You'll Do:

    • Conduct research on industry best practices, emerging ESG trends and regulatory frameworks.

    • Provide insights and recommendations to influence Workiva's overall ESG strategy and programs.

    • Work closely with many internal stakeholders, including Finance, HR, IT/InfoTech, Investor Relations, Legal, Communications, and subject matter experts across the business to support the goal of positioning Workiva as a SaaS leader in ESG.

    • May include collaboratively on the creation of articles, social media posts, website updates, newsletters, talking points, status reports, and other related communications materials.

    What You'll Need:

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Currently enrolled in first year of an MBA program or a similar graduate program.

    • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Finance or Accounting. Minor or certifications in Environmental, Social, and Governance, Public Policy, Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability or related field, a plus.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • 2+ years project management or reporting experience within a large or midsize, preferably global, organization; PMP certification is a plus, although not required

    • 2+ years experience with corporate reporting and writing

    • Exposure to some of the ESG reporting frameworks and third-party investor ratings is a plus: Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Taskforce on Climate Financial Disclosures (TCFD), UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), DJSI, SASB, CDP, MSCI, ISS, EcoVadis, and Sustainalytics.

    • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

    • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, changing environment

    • Strong attention to detail

    • Ability to research, analyze, and succinctly report data

    Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:

    • Access to reliable internet access throughout any period of remote work, not in a Workiva office.

    • Sponsorship requirements: Must be authorized to work in the United States and not require sponsorship now or in the future.

    How You’ll Be Rewarded:

    • Salary range in the US:

    $35.00 - $35.00

    • 401(k) participation and match
    • Paid sick leave
    • A unique opportunity to further your learning experience through additional internship seasons

    Where You’ll Work

    Our values drive how we work and who we hire. You will see these values ingrained in how we support our customers, work with team members, build our products and in the work environment we’ve created.

    • Customer Success: Always delight our customers.

    • Trust: Rely on each other. 

    • Integrity: Do the right thing, every time. 

    • Collaboration: Share resources and work together. 

    • Innovation: Keep creating solutions and finding better ways. 

    • Inclusion: Support a diverse community where we all belong. 

    • Accountability: Be responsible for your success and failure.

    We believe our people are our greatest asset, and our unique culture gives employees the opportunity to make an impact everyday. We give our employees the freedom and resources they need—backed by our culture of collaboration and diverse thought—to continue innovating and breaking new ground. We hire talented people with a wide range of skills and experiences who are eager to tackle some of today’s most challenging problems.

    At Workiva, You’ll Enjoy: 

    • Intern Environment: Workiva was ranked a top 100 internship program by WayUp and ranked #20 in Best Places to Work for a reason! Our interns have the opportunity to participate in mentoring, professional development, networking, and flexible hours during their internship. We continually strive to provide numerous resources to build not just excellent interns, but excellent business professionals. 

    • Real Work Experience: Workiva interns are treated as full-time employees and are allowed the freedom to contribute to real work that truly impacts Workiva and it’s operations. From writing code in our production environment to directly supporting our customers' on our newest platform, our interns play a vital role in our company!

    • Fantastic Perks: Being an intern at Workiva has benefits beyond just a paycheck. You can’t beat the wellness discounts, 401k participation and match, casual dress environment, paid sick leave and countless other perks that Workiva offers! 

    • Involvement:  Ability to participate in Business Employee Resource Groups (Black, Hispanic, Asian, Women, Rainbow (LGBTQIA+), Veterans, Disabilities), Volunteering, Company wide celebrations, and more

    • Opportunity at Workiva: At Workiva, we offer more than just a 12-15 week spring or summer program. 80% of our interns extend longer than just 1 semester with us to continue work on their projects. As long as you are enrolled in a degree seeking program, you could have the opportunity to be an intern at Workiva until you graduate!

    Learn more about life at Workiva: [**]

    Workiva is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We believe that great minds think differently. We value diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, and interests, and we recognize diversity as an important source of intellectual thought, varied perspective, and innovation. Employment decisions are made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other protected characteristic. We strongly encourage and welcome people from historically marginalized groups to apply.

    Workiva is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. To request assistance with the application process, please email [email protected].

    Workiva supports employees in working where they work best - either from an office or remotely from any location within their country of employment.


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    An Insider's view of Workiva

    What’s the vibe like in the office?

    Workiva is a close-knit workplace where teamwork is highly valued—people encourage and truly appreciate the hard work of their fellow team members and treat each other with respect.

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    What is your vision for the company?

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    What are Workiva Perks + Benefits

    Workiva Benefits Overview

    When you join Workiva, you get a world-class benefits package for you and your family. On day one, every full-time employee starts with stock options, vacation, and the opportunity to enroll in our discounted stock purchase plan.

    We offer comprehensive health, dental, and vision care plans; life and disability insurance; and 12 weeks of paid parental leave. With a casual dress code, support for health and wellness, and flexible work hours, we’ve got you covered for whatever life brings.

    Volunteer in local community
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    Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
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    We have seven employee resource groups that are formed around a shared interest or common goal. These groups are designed to support their members and cultivate a more diverse & inclusive workspace.
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    Company equity
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    Performance bonus
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    Generous parental leave
    We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Workiva also provides 12 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
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    Vacation + Time Off
    Generous PTO
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    Free snacks and drinks
    Some meals provided
    Company-sponsored happy hours
    Pet friendly
    Onsite gym
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    Workiva offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
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