Intern, Climate Research

RobecoSAM is looking for an Intern with experience in Climate Research to join its Sustainability Investing (SI) Research Team. The SI Research team is responsible for identifying the most financially material sustainability factors that differentiate companies in terms of their business performance, thereby improving investment decisions. The team primarily performs fundamental company research, and is also responsible for the internal ESG Dashboards and other tools used by SI and Equity analysts. As the SI knowledge hub for Robeco, SI Research contributes unique thematic and company-specific insights and helps investment teams integrate sustainability into their investment strategies.

The successful candidate will support development of our Climate Change Strategy, including research into carbon accounting (especially Scope 3 emissions), physical and transition risks, and climate driven opportunities. We are looking for a motivated individual who is passionate about sustainability and would like to drive sustainable development through financial markets.

This internship is uniquely designed to provide you with a solid foundation for a possible career at RobecoSAM or in the sustainable investment industry. The planned duration is 6 months.


Please send your application to:

RobecoSAM Human Resources

Josefstrasse 218
8005 Zürich

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Your main tasks will include:

  • Carbon accounting research, particularly in the area of Scope 3 estimation models
  • Transition risks in the energy and utility sectors
  • Physical risks for all sectors
  • Assisting sector specialists with other research projects: updating and improving existing analyses, performing new proprietary research, and generating new research ideas
  • Using technical skills to drive innovation in technology and leverage our software platform, in cooperation with RobecoSAM’s IT and Operations teams
  • Assisting the Head of SI Research with organizational activities and team administration


  • A completed university degree, preferably in a relevant field
  • At least 1 year of previous work experience, preferably in the field of climate research in the financial industry
  • Advanced user of Excel, ideally experienced with python, SQL and macros
  • Data cleansing, management and statistical analysis using available tools (e.g., JMP or R)
  • Excellent written and spoken English

Your soft skills:

  • Strong interest in sustainability generally
  • Able to work independently yet towards team goals
  • Reliable and able to go the extra mile when required
  • Capable of managing multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
  • Balancing depth and quality of research with resource efficiency

As the legislations for work permits in Switzerland are very strict, we can only consider applicants who are either EU / EFTA citizens or already hold a valid work permit for Switzerland. Please indicate your nationality on your CV. Applications of candidates that do not fulfill these requirements will not be considered.

Are you interested in this unique opportunity? We look forward to receiving your application including motivation letter, CV and university grades/diploma to

For this position we only accept direct applications.

About RobecoSAM

Founded in 1995, RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. It offers asset management, indices, impact analysis and investment, sustainability assessments, and benchmarking services. Together with S&P Dow Jones Indices, RobecoSAM publishes the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) as well as the S&P ESG Factor Weighted, the first index family to treat ESG as a standalone performance factor using the RobecoSAM Smart ESG methodology.

About Robeco

Robeco is an international asset manager with EUR 186 billion Assets under Management (June 2019) which is offering an extensive range of active investments. Research lies at the heart of everything we do, with a ‘pioneering but cautious’ approach that has been in our DNA since our foundation in Rotterdam in 1929. We believe strongly in sustainability investing, quantitative techniques and constant innovation. Our mission is to enable our clients to achieve their financial and sustainability goals by providing superior investment returns and solutions. We do this by offering a compact, client-oriented and distinctive range of actively managed investment strategies and pension/investment solutions. To help achieve sustainability goals, environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are now routinely integrated into the entire fundamental equity, fixed income and quant ranges, as standard. We also offer bespoke sustainability funds, multi-asset and alternative investments, and private equity strategies. Robeco employs around 900 people at 17 offices worldwide.

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