BII Seeks Interns for Spring 2021

Boston Impact Initiative is looking for an Impact Investment Intern and a Marketing Intern for 8 to 10 hours per week during Spring Semester 2021.  This is a remote and unpaid internship, but we can provide support needed to get school credit and/or funding.

Deadline for applications for Spring is Jan 1st. Email jobs@bostonimpact.com with a resume and brief cover letter. Please note the internship that you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

Please scroll down for internship descriptions.

Impact Investment Intern

Responsibilities

The Impact Investment Intern plays a significant role in BII’s integrated capital strategy. The primary responsibilities include working together with the Impact Investment Associate and Directors in analyzing prospective investments and providing on-going support to existing portfolio companies. 

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the investment thesis and mission of BII
  • Investment Analysis: Financial modeling, valuation, industry or asset class research, and general investment diligence
  • Portfolio Analysis: Support the Staff in performing analysis on existing investments, frequently with the intent of communicating conclusions and recommendations to the Staff or the Investment Committee
  • Administration: Maintenance of BII’s electronic files, operating / investment reports, and other reporting
  • Miscellaneous: Perform any such duty as necessary to support BII’s impact and financial processes.

Qualifications 

  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program
  • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of economic justice, sustainability, and/or related topics
  • Excellent skills in quantitative analysis, problem solving and general critical thinking
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Resourceful, proactive, able to prioritize and navigate in a fast-paced team-oriented environment
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and to meet deadlines 
  • Excellent organization, attention to detail and follow-through
  • Unquestioned ability to handle confidential information in a professional manner 
  • Possess analytical skills and an interest in financial markets, public policy and social and environmental issues
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of investment assets and markets. Knowledge of analytical methods for determining fair value and an investment’s merits. Knowledge of investment implementation methods and typical fund terms in both public and private asset classes

Marketing Intern

Responsibilities

The Marketing Intern plays a significant role in BII’s communications and social media strategy. The primary responsibilities include working with the Impact Director to manage communications materials and social media channels. 

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the investment thesis and mission of BII
  • Create communications collateral and write content for each new investment.
  • Curate content for social media channels (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn), including portfolio updates, thought-leadership content, and other information. 
  • Meet goals of organically growing followers across all social media platforms.
  • Miscellaneous: Perform any such duty as necessary to support BII’s impact and marketing processes.

Qualifications 

  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program
  • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of economic justice, sustainability, and/or related topics
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with the use of social media in broader communication strategy
  • Resourceful, proactive, able to prioritize and navigate in a fast-paced team-oriented environment
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and to meet deadlines 
  • Excellent organization, attention to detail and follow-through
  • Unquestioned ability to handle confidential information in a professional manner 
  • General understanding of investment principles, impact investing, small business, social entrepreneurship, and/or other related topics. 
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Valley Home Insulation

Valley Home Insulation offers residential insulation and weatherization services in Lawrence and the surrounding Merrimack Valley. Following the 2018 gas explosions, Columbia Gas offered 100% reimbursement for insulation and weatherization services on all homes it serves in the Merrimack Valley through the end of 2020. VHI leverages cultural competency and community presence to provide these services to low- and moderate-income residents of this region. In 2020, BII made a loan to VHI to fuel their growth.  Learn more

Capital Good Fund

Capital Good Fund is a Community Development Financial Institution that offers small loans and personal financial coaching to low-to-moderate income families. Their loans help people with less-than-perfect credit with a variety of expenses like medical bills, car purchases, immigration fees, and even unexpected emergencies, all at rates much lower than offered by payday lenders. In 2020, BII made a loan to CGF to bring immigration loans to Massachusetts and to increase the number of energy-efficiency loans for homeowners.  Learn more

BII’s Aliana Pineiro Interviewed on PeopleNova Podcast

On the PeopleNova Video Podcast, BII Impact Director Aliana Pineiro and host, Rachel O’Neil,
discussed how BII invests in regenerative businesses and why relationships are what drive our
work. Aliana explains that BII’s impact is generated by investments that further economic justice,
support good jobs, distribute power in decision-making and intentionally incorporate stakeholder
voices. Watch video

BECMA

The Black Economic Council of Massachusetts is a nonprofit organization that aims to advance the economic well-being of Black businesses, organizations that serve the Black community and Black residents of the state. BECMA organizes the Mass Black Expo, an annual event for Black businesses and supporters. In 2020, they played a key role in organizing the Black Mass Coalition, which set targets for private sector, philanthropy and state and local government, to work toward truly valuing Black lives. In 2019 and 2020, BII made grants to BECMA. Learn more

Amplify Latinx

Amplify Latinx is a non-partisan, collaborative movement whose mission is to build Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latinx civic engagement, economic opportunity and representation in leadership positions across sectors. As one of the largest Latinx networks in Greater Boston, their goal is to serve as a leading voice and advocate for our Latinx communities across Massachusetts by building a diverse, unified and powerful network of Latinx leaders and partner organizations. In 2020, BII made a grant to Amplify Latinx. Learn more

Valley Home Insulation Receives Investment to Expand During Pandemic

Valley Home Insulation is a Latinx-owned company that offers residential insulation and weatherization services in Lawrence and the surrounding Merrimack Valley. Following the 2018 gas explosions, Columbia Gas offered 100% reimbursement for insulation and weatherization services on all homes it serves in the Merrimack Valley through the end of 2020. VHI leverages cultural competency and community presence to provide these services to low- and moderate-income residents of this region.

In 2020, BII provided VHI with a term loan, enabling them to expand their business and purchase an additional truck. BII’s loan also helped VHI hire a second crew of three workers at a living wage.

Learn more about VHI

BII Businesses You Should Buy From

Holiday season is nearly upon us. Here’s how you can support local businesses and give your loved
ones something delicious or delightful to pull them out of the pandemic blues.

50 Kitchen is an American Southern fusion restaurant in Fields Corner, Dorchester. With tasty menu items like Shrimp & Grits, Smoked Brisket Bahn Mi, and Spicy Bang Bang Cauliflower, once you try it, you’ll be back for more! Order for pick up here, or you can dine-in for the full experience. (IG @chef_50)

88 Acres makes delicious bars, butters, ‘nola, and salad dressings from nutrient-rich sunflower, pumpkin, and watermelon seeds. You can buy their products from their online store and Whole Foods, Target, and other grocery stores. (IG @88acres)

Delectable Desires Pastries makes beautiful custom cakes for special occasions and delicious pies and baked good for the holidays! Located in West Roxbury. Call ahead to order today (617) 678-6001 (IG @delectabledesirespastries)

Done Good is the one-stop-shop for buying sustainable and ethically made products. You can find clothes and accessories, home décor, selfcare items, and outdoor goods from thousands of brands. You can even filter by your values, like Made in USA, Women/POC-owned, and Recycled/Upcycled. Get ADD’L $20 off $100+ purchase w/ code: BostonImpact20 until 12/31/20!  (IG @donegoodteam)

Fresh Food Generation is a farm-to-plate caterer, food truck and café that serves up healthy Caribbean-inspired cuisine. Order catering for your next socially distanced backyard gathering or visit the truck when it is out and about in Boston. (IG @freshfoodgeneration)

Math Talk CEO, Omo Moses, wrote a sweet educational children’s book called Sometimes We Do, illustrated by Diego Chaves. It models ways for fathers to teach math to their small children in everyday interactions. It’s written for Pre-K and K children and you can purchase it for little ones in your life on the Tumblehome Publishers website, it’s also available at Target and Amazon.

Sweet Teez Bakery is a nut-free baker that makes gorgeous cakes and cupcakes with your logo in edible frosting! They are also known for their special Jamaican Rum Cake. See all their offerings and order online or fill out this form for a special occasion order. (IG @sweetteezbakery)

Capital Good Fund Partners with BII to Bring Immigration Loans to MA

Capital Good Fund is a Community Development Financial Institution that offers small loans and personal financial coaching to low-to-moderate income families. Their loans help people with less-than-perfect credit with a variety of expenses like medical bills, car purchases, immigration fees, and even unexpected emergencies, all at rates much lower than offered by payday lenders. In November, BII closed debt and grant investments with Capital Good Fund.

With BII’s funding, Capital Good Fund is introducing their immigration loan product to MA, helping people affordably cover the costs of immigration application! BII provided a grant so that the loans can be offered at a lower rate in our state. Additionally, we are supporting their DoubleGreen Loan product, an interest free loan that helps homeowners become more energy efficient.

Learn more about CGF