Intern - GFANZ (Fall - July to Dec 23)

Entity:  Singapore Exchange

Singapore, SG

Job Function:  Sustainability & Sustainable Finance
Job Type:  Intern
Req ID:  1583

Job Summary

SGX Fall Internship Programme (July - December 2023)

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is Asia’s leading and trusted market infrastructure, facilitating the exchange of capital and ideas to create value for people, businesses and economies. As a multi-asset exchange operating equity, fixed income and derivatives markets to the highest regulatory standards, SGX is a vertically integrated business that provides listing, trading, clearing, settlement, depository and data services. With about 40% of listed companies and 90% of listed bonds originating outside of Singapore as well as established linkages across the region and in Europe, SGX is Asia’s most international and connected exchange.

Do you have what it takes to be at the heart of the financial industry?

Be a part of this fast-paced world where your contributions count. SGX offers you the unique experience of gaining insights into the Exchange business and the finance value chain. You will be immersed in the respective specialist functions – at SGX, we believe that our interns are involved in real-time work from Day 1.

Note: Leave of Absence (LOA) may be required to take on the internship.


The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) is a global coalition of leading financial institutions committed to accelerating the decarbonization of the economy. 

GFANZ was established in April 2021 off the back of COP26 and is led by Co-Chairs Mark Carney (UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance) and Michael Bloomberg (Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies).

Since its inception, the coalition has gained wide traction and commitments, with 550+ members across the financial sector (banks, asset owners, asset managers, insurers, etc.) with $135T of combined financial assets (representing ~40% of global private financial assets). 

In June 2022, the GFANZ APAC Network was established to drive the expansion of net zero finance in the Asia-Pacific and help accelerate the region’s transition to a net-zero economy. The GFANZ APAC Network will support engagement with financial institutions and policymakers across the APAC region, incorporating feedback and ensuring its work on net zero is inclusive and applicable to all. 

The GFANZ APAC Network Central Office is located in Singapore and is supported and hosted by SGX Group.


Job Requirements

Learning Objectives:
This is a unique opportunity that combines the agility and personal impact of a start-up environment, with the prominence and stability of working alongside some of the largest financial institutions in the region to drive the net-zero agenda.

The selected intern will be part of the team scaling the APAC Network Central Office (NCO) in Singapore. He/She can expect to gain hands-on experience setting-up the Network’s operations, supporting the development of sustainability programmes, and involved with external engagements with financial institutions – in short, he/she will get 360-exposure to the various elements and activities of the GFANZ APAC Network Central Office.

He/she can also expect to build deep and practical capabilities within the intersection of sustainability and finance. The selected intern will work alongside a high-performance team to develop and implement capacity building programmes to support financial institutions in developing and implementing net zero transition plans. He/she will also be at the forefront of creating knowledge applicable to APAC in key areas such as transition financing, baselining and measurement, and sectoral pathway development.

Lastly, the selected intern can expect to receive constant mentorship and feedback throughout his/her time at the GFANZ APAC NCO. The selected intern will have 1:1 professional development sessions with his/her supervisor every 3-4 weeks to discuss areas for growth and development, and talk through wider career choices.

Job Description:
Support the scaling up and management of GFANZ APAC NCO operations in areas such as:

  • Strategic planning (e.g. workplans, key initiatives, etc.)
  • KPI development and alignment
  • Organisation setup (e.g. talent, recruitment, etc.)
  • Technology rollout (e.g. setting up of CRM system/database, etc.)

Support the development and implementation of GFANZ net-zero programmes including: 

  • Support research on key APAC-relevant net-zero areas such as steel decarbonisation pathways and the early retirement of coal power generation 
  • Draft net-zero programme proposals and concept notes 
  • Execute GFANZ programmes and activities (e.g. workshops, webinars, etc.) alongside partners

Support high-level GFANZ engagements including:

  • Interact and engage senior sustainability executives in financial institutions
  • Manage engagement with financial sponsors of GFANZ (e.g. Temasek, MAS, etc.)

Knowledge, Skills and Requirements:

  • Strong ability to communicate clearly (verbally and written, including in powerpoint) 
  • Entrepreneurial with a bias to action
  • Strong problem solver 
  • Detail-oriented
  • Experienced at research 
  • Fast learner 
  • Strong team player, with an ability to coordinate and work together with multiple teams successfully 
  • Sustainability-related knowledge, degree or experience is a plus 
  • Finance exposure, knowledge or degree is a plus 
  • Working language is English. Ability to communicate professionally in other Asia Pacific languages is a plus  

The intern: 

  • Self-starter with high drive and initiative 
  • Able to work well in ambiguous situations 
  • Strong team player 
  • Keen interest and passion in sustainable development & finance 

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