Higher Ambition member companies have close ties with the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership and demonstrate a sustained commitment to creating both economic and social value for all their stakeholders. Some of these companies have established internship programs. Others, however, have not developed specific internship programs but hire interns as needed. Use the search engines in the “Other Resources for Finding Higher Ambition Internships” section to find for internships in these companies.
Location: New York, NY; Bethlehem, PA; and Pittsfield, MA
Guardian Life provides insurance and financial products to companies and individuals. It pursues a commitment to “do the right thing” by supporting affordable housing in the communities where it operates and encouraging employee volunteering. It offers an actuarial student program, which trains students in the field of actuarial work. It subsidizes exam fees, offers paid time off to study, and integrates them into the Guardian Life community. High performing participants in this program often go on for full-time positions.
BD: Becton, Dickinson, and Company
Location: Franklin Lakes, NJ
BD is a medical supply company that hires rising seniors to work for the summer with the intent of finding a good match for post-graduate employment. Interns are personally responsible for completing a summer project, usually in the field of information technology or supply chain management. They present these projects to the CEO of BD and then discuss its strengths and weaknesses. Interns are also involved in community service projects, which are an important part of BD’s corporate values.
Companies from the Higher Ambition Book with Internship Programs
These internships provide an opportunity to learn from leaders on the frontier of socially-minded business. The companies here have an impressive record of creating value for their shareholders, the communities they work in, and their workers. These demanding internships place you at the center of a Higher Ambition company’s work and are a great starting point for a Higher Ambition career.
Location: Dallas, TX
Southwest Airlines NoLimits internship has been listed as one of the top ten in America by Vault.com, InternshipKing.com, and CampusGrotto. It attracts students from a wide range of fields from advertising and social responsibility to aeoronautical/astrospace engineering. Southwest Airline’s corporate culture emphasizes strong teamwork and a fun-loving attitude. They host events for interns to mingle and have a casual dress code every day of the year. Interns complete Myers-Briggs type indicator workshop to determine their psychological preferences and discuss how this might influence their careers. They offer a Days in the Field program to expose them to a wide variety of the company’s departments outside their internship area. All positions are paid
Location: Asia, Africa, and the Middle East
Standard Chartered Bank has an impressive legacy of fostering global business links, diverse corporate culture, and effective humanitarian work. Their interns are at the center of this international enterprise. High performing interns are guaranteed positions in their Graduate Programme for young banking professionals. They look for candidates seeking experience in a dynamic banking environment.
Location: Sweden, Norway, Finland
Nordea is a corporate banking and asset management firm with a distint focus on corporate culture. They hire interns for their offices in Sweden, Norway, and Finland to work in one of two departments: investment banking or fixed income, currencies, commodities and equity. Applicants should be fluent in English and the native language of the nation where they intern.
Location: Lake Forest, Illinois (with offices globally)
Hewitt Associates is a human capital and management consulting firm that hires interns in the departments of finance, health management, human resources, retirement, financial management, and talent and organization consulting.
Internships with a Higher Ambition Focus
These opportunities lie at the heart of what a Higher Ambition internship is. Instilling Higher Ambition values lie at the core of these internship’s objectives.
Locations: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Providence,
VFA places recent college graduates in innovative start-up companies. VFA fellows are trained in socially-conscious business practices and work in lower-cost cities. They recruit individuals who express an action-oriented attitude and demonstrate a commitment to integrating into the communities they work in.
B-Corporations are a community of companies with a special commitment to achieve high standards of social and environmental accountability. B-Lab certifies that these organizations meet the responsibilities expected of B-corporations. Internships in these corporations are a great way to experience the intersection of economic, social, and environmental value.
Location: New York, NY
Uncommon goods is an environmentally-friendly E-commerce platform that sells hand-made and recycled products. They offer a paid summer internship in merchandising, graphic design, technology, photography, supply chain/operations, and marketing departments.
Location: Toronto, ON
FlipGive is a digital platform for grassroots fundraising. They offer a paid internship in the sales and business development departments. Interns are responsible for making sales presentations and finding new users.
Location: Exton, PA
Workplace Dynamics studies employee survey data to identify the practices that distinguish top workplaces. They hire inters to use data analytics to find meaningful patterns in a large quantity of information gathered from their surveys. The position is paid.
Location: Denver, CO
Rework recruits and advises on hiring for non-profits and social enterprises. They hire interns with computer programming skills to develop application and work on their website.
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Roundpeg develops a marketing strategy for start-up companies. They hire graphic design interns.
Location: Boston, MA
Breckinridge Capital Advisers asses the sustainability of municipalities and corporations. They look for interns to support the credit analysis team in the evaluation of environmental and social governance factors.
Location: Jerusalem, Israel; Washington, DC; Arlington, VA
Mejdi Tours is an innovative company that seeks to revolutionize travel as a means of promoting a more interconnected and socially conscious world. They offer tours in countries undergoing cultural and political changes and educate travelers on the key issues of these complex situations. They seek interns to help with research and developing new tours.