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Equity & Impact Intern

at Capital Impact Partners in Oakland, CA

About the Job

Capital Impact Partners seeks an Equity & Impact Intern to be based in the Oakland, CA office for the Summer 2020 to strengthen its Equity & Impact Strategies team. The Equity & Impact Intern will support the strategy and innovation work at Capital Impact, including market research, portfolio and impact data analysis, meeting facilitation and note-taking. The ideal candidate will have a passion for work in community development and social impact.

Strategy and Innovation
The intern will support the company’s strategy and innovation work in coordination with other members of the Equity & Impact team and other company staff. Duties include:

  • Support innovation work by conducting market research through methodologies including surveys, key informant interviews, community convenings, and other techniques.
  • Conducting desktop research and landscape analysis on key industries along themes stated below
  • Disseminating industry knowledge
  • Producing reports and presentations for internal staff
  • Maintaining knowledge repository of articles, links, and papers in priority sectors for Capital Impact
  • Participating in logic model development and regional market mapping collaboration

Support Capital Impact’s Programmatic Work
The intern will contribute to Capital Impact’s work in supporting the organization’s efforts along two themes:

  1. Climate Change and Environmental Justice
  2. Regional Bay Area Equitable Community Development

Climate Change and Environmental Justice

  • Support the administration of the Climate Change Working Group – synthesis of discussion, preparation meeting materials
  • Support the facilitation of the development of any resulting recommendations from the Climate Change Working Group – preparation of meeting materials, research/information gathering on key topics, synthesis of notes from focus and small group discussions
  • Support market and landscape research of core geographies to identify key challenges, issues, opportunities and key stakeholders in climate change and environmental justice

Regional Bay Area Equitable Community Development

  • Support market and landscape research to identify regional Bay Area key stakeholders, decision-makers, funders and investors in affordable housing, managed health care, long term care, education, community development, government and social/aging services.
  • Participate in process to finalize Bay Area Logic Model, providing market research as necessary
  • Support administration of the Bay Area Community Advisory Committee – meeting logistics, materials preparation, synthesis of meeting notes and follow up tasks
  • Facilitate cross-sectoral connection, research, and collaboration across Capital Impact key sectors, including cooperative development, health equity, housing, aging, education


  • Undergraduate or graduate students welcome to apply
  • Minimum of 3 years of coursework towards a Bachelor’s degree
  • Familiarity of the community development industry
  • Experience with environmental justice and/or regional equitable community development
  • Interest in impact measurement and/or impact investment
  • Commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion
  • Strong written and analytical skills
  • Highly accountable, detail-oriented, and organized, demonstrating an ability to meet deadlines and achieve goals
  • Collaborative and flexible, with the ability to collaborate with a wide range of internal and external partners and the willingness to play a range of roles as the project warrants
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize competing requests in a fast-paced, growing organization
  • Knowledge and/or willingness to learn about Capital Impact’s priority sectors, including the cooperative model, inclusive food systems, health equity, education, affordable housing and aging

To apply

Capital Impact Partners

Capital Impact Partners, headquartered in Arlington, VA, operates nationally, with local offices in Detroit, MI, New York, NY, and Oakland, CA. For over 40 years, Capital Impact Partners has been a not-for-profit mission driven lender that has supported the development of low-income underserved communities nationwide, focusing on five key sectors – healthcare, education, healthy foods, housing and aging. Capital Impact is also supporting the redevelopment of Detroit through multiple partnerships with banks and foundations.

Capital Impact accomplishes this work through two primary lines of business, our Equity & Impact team and our Community Investment Loan Fund. Our Equity & Impact team provides programmatic solutions, technical assistance, and thought leadership in our core sectors and geographies. Our Community Impact Loan Fund has provided more than $2.7 Billion in direct debt investments for catalytic projects in our core sectors and geographies.