Internship, ESG Ratings

RobecoSAM is currently looking for motivated young professionals to join our ESG Ratings department – overseeing the project management of RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) and the creation of the iconic Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). The team is responsible for managing RobecoSAM’s proprietary database, one of the world’s most complete on corporate sustainability. The information stored here is used in RobecoSAM’s asset management and index products.

We are searching for people that are passionate about sustainability and would like to join an investment manager that drives sustainable business practices through financial markets. You will join a project-focused, international team of like-minded people, driven to deliver excellence in managing the worlds’ most known family of sustainability indices and one of the leading corporate sustainability benchmarking methodologies. The CSA forms the foundation for RobecoSAM’s research and investment activities.

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 start date is February 3rd 2020, until end of November 2020.


Please send your application to:

RobecoSAM ESG Ratings’

Josefstrasse 218
8005 Zürich

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Your main tasks will include:

  • Communication with corporates: Responsibility for interaction with approximately 1,000 corporates responding to RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) and for increasing participation
  • Responsibility for managing ‘Helpline’ enquiries
  • Industry-specific responsibility in performing quality control on sustainability data and support on overall quality control process
  • Conducting the Media & Stakeholder Analysis to analyze potential financial and reputational risks at companies
  • Responsibility for creating feedback reports and benchmarking reports aimed at helping corporates understand sustainability reporting disclosure requirements
  • Methodology Development: Supporting team in the further development of the CSA Methodology


  • A completed Master’s degree, ideally with some specialized courses related to corporate responsibility, sustainable development, responsible investing, environmental management, etc.
  • At least one prior internship or work experience
  • Strong analytical skills with an acute attention to detail
  • Excellent spoken and written English skills

Your soft skills:

  • A strong interest in sustainability and how financial markets can play a key role in promoting sustainable business practices
  • The ability to work independently and in an organized manner
  • Goal and team-orientation
  • Innovative thinking and proactive behavior

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 from candidates who do not fulfill these requirements will not be considered.

We look forward to receiving your application via email by Monday 18th November 2019. Please send your motivation letter, CV and university grades/diploma (all as one pdf file) to, stating where you saw this position advertised.

Although we try to respond to each applicant, due to the high number of applications that we receive, if you have submitted an application and haven’t heard back from us within four weeks then your application has been unsuccessful.

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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