Water Security Research Internship

CDP Worldwide


Volunteer • Full or Part Time


Sectors: sustainability, carbon, climate & energy, water & hydrology

Closing date: Friday, 27th July 2018   7 days left

Job Purpose and Background:

CDP is offering an exciting internship opportunity based at CDP's London office on Queen Victoria Street. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in a number of key projects related to driving corporate action to improve water security. It will be a valuable experience for anyone seeking a career in sustainability with an interest in water stewardship, sustainable development and data transparency.

You will be given full support in developing the skills needed to thrive in a professional environment and have the opportunity to hone your skills across a number of areas, receiving constructive feedback on your work from experienced staff. Enthusiasm, self-motivation and the ability to hit the ground running will be key to your success.

About CDP’s water security program:

CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. We leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts.

CDP’s water program was launched in 2010 to improve water security by enabling the collection and provision of critical water-related data from the world’s largest corporations. This data is used to inform the global market on investment risk and commercial opportunity, and to spark private sector transformation towards improved corporate water stewardship. With the backing of 655 financial institutions with over $87 trillion in assets, the program has just completed a highly successful seventh year working with more than 4,500 of the world’s largest companies.

Key responsibilities include: 

Supporting the team through conducting key research around the following projects:

  •  The production of industry sector by sector rationales concerning their potential to impact upon or be impacted by water issues to inform a water related impact rating methodology;
  •  The development of a new sector specific disclosure framework for the financial services sector on water security;
  •  The development of a theory of change, proving disclosure through CDP leads to better environmental outcomes.

Required skills and experience:


  • Exceptional research, communication and written skills with meticulous attention to detail;
  • The ability to think critically and communicate complex information clearly and concisely;
  • Technologically competent: Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
  • Excellent time management skills and an ability to meet deadlines under pressure;
  • A flexible but diligent working style with a proven record of working within a team;
  • Sound understanding of global water issues, particularly those facing the private sector.


  • Previous work experience in corporate sustainability or associated degree;
  • Demonstrative examples of previous research projects and written work.


This is not a salaried position. We will cover your day-to-day travel and lunch expenses in line with our expenses policy.

The role will be part-time, 3 days per week from CDP’s London office, with scope to extend this to a 5-day week, if desired.

How to apply

Interested applicants must be eligible to work legally in the UK. To apply for the position you must live in London or a reasonable commuting distance from our London office.

Please email your CV and a covering letter setting out how you meet the required skills and experience or key responsibilities, which should be no more than one page, to James Lott at Water@cdp.net with "Internship position" in the subject.

The deadline for submissions is July 27th, with interviews conducted in the following weeks.

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