CESR Impact Internship

Looking for an impactful internship or a talented intern who’s ready to change the world? Learn about the programs below.

This year-round program connects mission-driven business students with opportunities in sustainable and socially responsible companies. We support the recruiting process for natural products companies, B Corps, and other companies whose missions go beyond profit. This program is perfect for small companies, companies hiring an intern for the first time, or companies that may not have a full-time recruiter. Let us help you create a meaningful internship. Our team provides training and specialized services for companies and students through workshops, networking nights and panels throughout the year. For more information on these events, visit CESR's events page

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Program Details

  • Employers can receive specialized support crafting a job description for their internship.

  • Employers can receive support learning how to post to Handshake.

  • CESR will share internship listings via targeted promotion to mission-driven Leeds students, including our newsletter which reaches over 1000 people.

  • All internships submitted through the Impact Internship Program must meet or exceed $14.83/hour.* A wage of at least $18/hour is recommended for graduate students. Please keep in mind that many MBA student internships pay $25-35/hour.

  • All internships associated with this program must last at least 12 weeks at 10-40 hours/week.

1. This is the living wage in Boulder County, based on the MIT Living Wage Calculator.

2. Paying interns a living wage allows students from all backgrounds to benefit from career-relevant work experience. We are proud to partner with a business community that recognizes intern pay as an important equity issue.

3. Paying a living wage represents a small additional cost compared to paying minimum wage, see our calculation:

Chart of living wages for internships based on 10, 20, 30 and 40 hours per week detailing living wages and minimum wages

4. Research shows that, among other benefits, paying a living wage contributes to motivating employees to work harder, attracts more capable workers, improves performance, reduces absenteeism and disciplinary problems, and reduces need to monitor employees (Wolfers, Justin, and Jan Zilinsky. Higher Wages for Low-Income Workers Lead to Higher Productivity. Peterson Institute for International Economics, 10 Sept. 2018).