Energy & Plastics Fellow

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As You Sow is looking for an Energy & Plastics Fellow.


During this year-long fellowship, you will have the opportunity to support As You Sow’s Energy & Climate and Plastics & Waste programs. This position will explore the linkage between fossil fuels and plastics; investments in petrochemical production; plastics demand; plastic reduction measures and alternatives; circular economy initiatives; recycling; and related issues. Work will include a range of research on corporate policies and practices, environmental regulations, industry supply chain operations and best practices, company financials, and economic trends. The Fellow will also participate in company dialogues, report drafting, press release drafting, etc. Through this fellowship, you will gain insight into the nexus of climate, energy, and plastic issues; delve into the corporate financial and sustainability arenas; and obtain a greater understanding of shareholder advocacy.


  • Research and writing of memos, briefs, reports, blogs, and press releases on topics relating to fossil fuels, petrochemicals, plastics, and recycling from both a financial and sustainability lens.
  • Assess company practices and disclosures (financial and sustainability).
  • Collaborate with NGOs, community groups, faith-based investors, and institutional investors to identify and raise key risks and concerns.
  • Monitor media, analyst reports, online postings, and other information sources.
  • Prepare for and participate in company dialogues and negotiations.
  • Assist with shareholder resolution process as needed, including research and writing of resolutions, proxy memos, responses to company no-action requests.
  • Potential opportunities to speak at conferences and corporate annual meetings


  • Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree preferred in economics, engineering, business, or environmental field; or equivalent experience.
  • Must be able to demonstrate strong commitment to corporate responsibility issues.
  • Prefer significant experience in ESG issues.
  • Strong interpersonal engagement and communication skills.
  • Excellent research, analysis, and writing skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as well as to take individual initiative.
  • Strong analytical skills and familiarity with databases and online research.
  • Organizational and time management skills, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Personal commitment to progressive social and environmental change.
  • Strong work ethic, self-motivated, and commitment to excellence.
  • Sense of humor appreciated.


  • database: 1 year (Preferred)
  • ESG: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Research: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor’s (Required)

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As You Sow


Energy & Plastics Fellow


Tuesday 12th May 2020


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