Internship

Internship

Role: Intern
Employer: Boster Group Ltd
Location: Remote working
Position: Part Time, Temporary

Please send CV and cover letter to: maggie@bostergroup.com

 

About the Company

We believe in the power of partnerships to drive impact, innovation and value.

Founded in 2001, Boster Group is one of the world’s leading independent consultancies specialising in the development of strategic partnerships between global corporations, cultural institutions and social impact foundations. Through award-winning, bespoke partnerships spanning social justice, health and wellbeing, sustainability, thought leadership, client engagement, and the creative sector, Boster Group has overseen the transfer of more than $75 million to cultural and social impact partners and delivered measurable results to its clients around the world. 

For over 20 years, Boster Group has been a trusted advisor to a number of Fortune 500 companies, leveraging its knowledge, expertise and global network to deliver clients’ business and social impact goals. Boster Group shapes partnerships on the basis of shared values, untapped assets and complementary capabilities. Distinctly, Boster Group measures return on investment for its clients and is focused on the impact of the creative campaigns it develops.

Current and recent clients include J.P. Morgan, Moët Hennessy, Goldman Sachs, Meta, EY, AMEX, BNP Paribas, Diageo, Deutsche Bank, Gap Inc., Insight Investment, HSBC, Bacardi, Montblanc, State Street and Disney. You can find testimonials from some of our clients on our website.

We are a boutique firm; everyone at Boster Group is passionate and knowledgeable about social impact – whether that is through education, arts and culture or any one of the thousands of organisations creating positive change.

We are a friendly and hard-working team with an open and collaborative company culture. Furthermore, we are non-hierarchical – even our most recent hires are directly meeting, pitching to and interviewing some of the most senior executives in financial and professional services, luxury, retail and government.

 

The opportunity

In the UK, museums account for 9% of publicly-funded cultural institutions and 41% of the cultural sector’s carbon emissions. Due to the structure of public and philanthropic funding in the cultural sector, obtaining the capital funds required to address this problem is particularly challenging. Boster Group is working with a global energy company, the UK Government, a large global financial services company that is a leader in sustainable finance, and several premier British cultural institutions to develop new financing models that will accelerate the UK cultural sector’s transition to a Net Zero, sustainable economy.

Boster Group is looking to work with a graduate-level student with demonstrable professional experience (this can be as part of an internship or graduate programme in a corporate environment) to lay the groundwork for developing new models of finance, e.g., green bonds. This may include the following deliverables:

  1. Research into existing models of capital finance within environmental or social impact, including analysis of pros and cons, delivered in workshops or written format
  2. Research into potential partners for new financing, which may include corporations, the UK Government, NGOs, charities or private philanthropists, delivered in workshops or written format
  3. Support the Account Directors to create a proposal outlining up to three recommended models of developing finance that will accelerate the UK cultural sector’s transition to a sustainable economy. To enable this, Boster Group would work with the candidate to secure interviews with key stakeholders (which, in the past, have include senior officials from across sectors) and provide existing market research and insight from Boster Group’s analysts
  4. Support our account team directly with ongoing client work, which currently includes:
    • Negotiating an agreement between a global financial services firm and a leading academic institution in North America designed to create research-led client and employee engagement centred around climate change and the transition to a sustainable economy
    • Supporting a global tech firm to negotiate and activate external arts partnerships in EMEA and APAC designed to support scalable projects at the vanguard of visual art and the Metaverse 
    • A collaboration with the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to understand and identify how cross-sector partnerships can be better structured and supported through policy changes to sustainably support the cultural sector post-COVID

We would expect the internship(s) to take place on a part-time basis (total of 50-80 hours) over 8-12 weeks between February and May 2022. We will, however, be flexible to the needs of candidates based on their education and other personal commitments. The internship would be compensated with academic credit, where possible, and Boster Group would work closely with the candidate to ensure that the scope of the internship and final deliverables met their academic interests and professional needs. Firm deliverables and due dates would be mutually agreed at the start of the internship(s). We do offer a stipend or project fee if no course credit is available, depending on the candidate’s immigration status, needs and availability as well as the final scope of work. This will be (at least) the equivalent of the local living wage.

Priority will be given to candidates who are looking to apply these – or any other projects –towards academic credit. Please make this clear in your cover letter, as we will work closely with the selected candidates to ensure the work is optimised to ensure their learning.

Boster Group is committed to the ongoing success and employment of our incredible interns. Thanks in part to introductions, conversations and recommendations that Boster Group made, 100% of previous interns have been placed in full-time employment in their field of choice – including impact investing, corporate social responsibility and partnerships consulting – within 6 months of graduating their course of study.

 

Required Background and Experience 

  • Previous training or professional experience in projects related to financial services (especially within ESG), the cultural sector (especially within a strategic or financial role) or ESG metrics and measurement. We would consider a variety of backgrounds but a passion for and knowledge of social enterprises, corporate responsibility, ESG or impact investing is essential
  • A demonstrable interest in finance, especially ‘green’ finance, and the various financial products and metrics available across the market
  • An interest in or willingness to learn about the cultural sector, especially in the UK
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working in a corporate environment, ideally in a role that involved direct accountability for outcome delivery

 

Personal Skills and Characteristics

  • A self-starter with the ability to hit the ground running 
  • Presentable and always professional 
  • Ability to engage confidently and positively with clients and partners
  • Extensive social and interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Driven, dynamic and creative 
  • Ability to maintain the utmost sensitivity and discretion when working with clients
  • Comfortable working as part of a boutique firm in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Warm, fun and charismatic personality with a strong team spirit 
  • The ability to work from home for the duration of the internship, including uninhibited access to the internet