Global Climate Political Internship

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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13 days ago

Internship / Fixed term for up to 6 months / Full Time (40 hours per week)

Based in the Netherlands. Candidates should be already living in the Netherlands and have a Dutch social security number (BSN), or should be able to be able to move and obtain work permit and BSN on short notice. We encourage applications from applicants from various backgrounds.

Are you a political animal in the making? If you see yourself as a natural strategist, following the twists and turns of global geopolitics, envisioning the next smart move that will help us fix the environmental mess we are in, this is an opportunity for you!

The Political, Business & Peace Unit of Greenpeace International is offering a paid internship for a student or recent graduate who wants to support our Global Climate Political work. We are looking for someone who is available to join us from 15 March, 2023, for a period of six months.

You will be working within a distributed team of experienced environmentalists and climate political professionals and will have the chance to develop and execute a jointly agreed project related to the climate political work of the organisation. Reporting to the Project Manager and the Senior Portfolio Manager on global climate politics, the work experience is primarily administrative/ logistical in nature, e.g., note-taking (in English); general meeting support; updating of documents and project plans; information management, synthesising and sharing, as well as a wide range of ad hoc requests, including research and analytical tasks on occasion. Excellent written and spoken English is a must.

It is a unique chance to learn about the functioning of an international campaigning organisation, to be exposed to and to participate in sophisticated geopolitical conversations and strategic planning, to gain deep knowledge of the politics of environmental problems and solutions and to experience teamwork at a global level.

Job requirements

Required skills and competencies:

  • A degree in International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant subject or equivalent experience (completed studies within the last twelve months)

  • Knowledge of/ experience in the area of International Climate Politics

  • Proficient in written and spoken English. Other languages are an advantage

  • IT proficiency: Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Google mail and related applications, Zoom, etc.

  • Experience with the multilateral climate fora and processes desirable (i.e., UNFCCC)

  • Event management experience is a plus

  • Multicultural competence and understanding of and commitment to diversity

  • ‘Can do’, flexible approach, friendly and people-focused, even when working in a fast moving, sometimes chaotic environment

  • Comfortable with working remotely

  • Proactive, attention to detail

  • Efficient in producing clear meeting notes in English

  • Identification with Greenpeace goals and values

  • Ability to act with discretion, and respectful of confidentiality

You will get:

  • An insight into working in the non-profit environmental sector

  • The chance to create a real contribution to Greenpeace

  • Hands-on experience

  • Workplace skills

  • The opportunity to develop both personally and professionally

  • Internship compensation in line with our policy (see the fine print below)

The fine print:

  • An Internship is intended for students or recent graduates who have completed their studies within the last twelve months.

  • Interns are entitled to 800 euros net as a monthly stipend (40 hours per week).

  • The Greenpeace International office in Amsterdam is open and available for working. A combination of remote (within the Netherlands) and from the office work is possible and is the most common way of working.

  • If not otherwise present at the office, the candidate should be able to commute into our Amsterdam office when invited to do so for specific meetings or events. Travel outside of Amsterdam may also occasionally be requested, for which necessary costs will be covered.

To Apply:

If you share our vision, please click '' below, to begin your application.

To apply for this role, we require you to answer a selection of key criteria and upload your CV (in English) via our online application form.

Please address the following in your written responses:

  • Your experience of working in an international English speaking environment, and in particular your ability to communicate and synthesise complex discussions and materials quickly in English

  • Your understanding and experience of global climate politics; how does it figure in your life and in your thinking?

  • Administrative, logistical and research skills gained in your actual previous work and study experience

  • Your experience in international and/or multicultural settings; what do you think is important about this?

Addressing the key criteria is an important part of your application. We will be looking for evidence that demonstrates your skills and experience in these areas. Use examples where possible, to draw attention to experience, knowledge, achievements and skills gained in past employment or voluntary/leisure activities, provided they are relevant to the post.

It is advisable to prepare your responses to the key criteria before starting your online application, as you are unable to save and return to it at a later date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please email us at Please note that all applications have to be filled out via the website and can't be submitted via this email.

Greenpeace International is an equal opportunity employer with a longstanding commitment of providing a work environment that respects the dignity and worth of each individual. We recognise and value the benefits and strengths that diversity brings to our employees and the whole organisation and we thrive in an environment that encourages respect and trust. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, colour, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and would like to invite you especially to apply!

CLOSING DATE: 6th of February 2023, 23:59 CEST

INTERVIEWS: Week of 20th of February 2023 (expected)

PREFERRED START DATE: 15th of March 2023