Organization: Koya Leadership Partners

Location: Location flexible, Greater Boston area preferred

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About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. Clients come to Koya—and return—for the gold standard in executive search. The executives we place are widely considered leaders in the nonprofit field.

Our founding philosophy, ‘the right person in the right place can change the world,’ guides our work with clients across the country and around the world. Our team of close to 50 professionals nationwide hails from global executive recruiting firms as well as all corners of the nonprofit sector. Our combined experience provides us with an insider’s and outsider’s view of the field, and a deep network within the nonprofit and private sectors.

A key differentiator of Koya is that each member of our firm has a genuine passion for, and commitment to, mission-driven work. This firm-wide commitment impacts our approach to our work and results in trusted and lasting partnerships with our clients and candidates.

This commitment to mission-driven work is also core to how we treat our employees. Koya is a place where employees can bring their full selves to work; staff members are developed professionally and empowered to support the personal causes that matter most to them. We believe wholeheartedly that best-in-class service to candidates and clients can, and should, go hand in hand with being a best-in-class organization for our team.

Diversity is a deeply held value at Koya. We believe diversity spans gender, race, faith, ability and sexual orientation and strive to build diverse pools of talent in our work with clients and track metrics on diversity as a performance outcome for our recruiters. We are proud of the results of this commitment: over one-third of the leaders we place are executives of color and over 50% are women. Internally, we believe in and strive to foster a workplace in which all perspectives are valued and welcomed.


Koya has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, by Hunt Scanlon Media as one of the top 50 fastest growing executive search firms, and by Staffing Industry Analysts as a Best Staffing Firm to Work For in 2016 and 2017. In addition, Koya’s CEO & Founder, Katie Bouton, was named a 2016 Boston Brava Award Winner by SmartCEO, which recognizes high-impact women business leaders, and featured by the Boston Business Journal as an Emerging Leader for her success as founder and CEO of Koya.

To learn more about our story, our values and our portfolio of clients at Koya, please visit

The Opportunity:

The Research Intern works is responsible for working with the research team to develop and implement research-based strategies to source candidates for Koya Leadership Partners’ executive searches. The research team is responsible for developing the pipeline of connectors and candidates at the start and the heart of each executive search.

This is a 20 hour per week, paid, summer internship.

The Research Intern’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate closely with the research team to develop and execute research to identify and contact potential candidates and connectors across a wide range of executive searches
  • Develop lists of target organizations and individuals
  • Conduct internet research to confirm contact information for prospects
  • Efficiently and effectively input, retrieve and update information in Koya’s proprietary database
  • Execute advanced research across an array of public and private sources, including Koya’s proprietary database, LinkedIn Recruiter, GuideStar, social media sites and tools, publications, and other informational sources on the web

Candidate Profile:

Strong candidates will have exceptional research, project management and communications skills and the ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities and deadlines. Other desired qualifications include:

  • Strong Internet research abilities (experience working with LinkedIn a plus)
  • Experience working with commercially licensed or proprietary database systems
  • Strong technology skills and familiarity with Mac environments
  • Competency in Microsoft products expected (expertise in Excel a plus)
  • Superb attention to detail and follow through with a strong customer service orientation
  • Proven ability to self-direct, be proactive and take initiative while juggling competing priorities
  • Ability to multitask while maintaining integrity of work and high degree of attention to detail
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor

Compensation & Benefits:

This is a 20 hour per week, paid, summer internship.


Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Rebecca Brodish at

Koya Leadership Partners is an equal opportunity employer and greatly values diversity. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBT applicants.