Are you our new intern urban sustainability transitions?

29 maart, 2022

Are you interested in working on just sustainability transitions in the context of European cities? Apply now to become our new intern urban energy transitions at DRIFT. Deadline: April 21st.
We are looking for a motivated masters student to contribute to research, education and engagement activities focusing on the governance of just sustainability transitions in cities. You will, among other things, be part of our team of researchers working on the EU-funded TOMORROW project. In the TOMORROW project we collaborate with six European cities (Brasov, Brest, Dublin, Mouscron, Nis and Valencia) to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 – balancing the climate urgency with the need for social justice. Besides this project, you will also become involved in DRIFT’s broader research agenda on just and sustainable cities (e.g. also with research on social innovation in cities as part of the SONNET project). 
As the urban energy transitions research intern, you will mainly work on:

  • General research assistance activities including empirical data collection, transcription, coding, literature reviews;
  • Preparation and organization of events, masterclasses, and webinars;
  • Writing reports, blogs and communicating your insights and analyses on the DRIFT and other websites and social media channels.

What DRIFT has to offer
DRIFT is a leading research institute in the field of sustainability transitions. We develop and share transformative knowledge that enables people, cities, sectors, and organizations to actively engage in transitions. DRIFT has four core activities that complement, sharpen, and inspire each other: academic research, advice, education, and public dialogue & debate.
You will work with DRIFT colleagues partly at our office on the Erasmus University campus in Rotterdam, and partly online. The office is a great place to meet the DRIFT transition researchers, consultants & educators, who are often quite friendly. We also have a pinball machine, where things sometimes get less friendly. We are strong believers in office lunches and drinks, and COVID-19 is pushing us creatively to find new forms to keep mingling and co-creating. 
You will have access to an internship supervisor with whom you can discuss the progress of your internship. It is possible to combine this research internship with writing your thesis, possibly with guidance from DRIFT (more details can be found here). With a full-time internship (40 hours per week), we offer an internship allowance of 500 euros per month (incl. travel allowance).
What are we looking for?
If you’ve made it this far into this vacancy text, it’s likely that you:

  • Have affinity and experience with sustainability, justice, transitions, transformation, social innovation, and/or related themes;
  • Are an ambitious problem-solver and critical thinker; 
  • Are proactive, collaborative, entrepreneurial and can work independently;
  • Are curious and not afraid to dive into a subject;
  • Can speak/write in English (Dutch is a plus, but not required);
  • Follow a Master’s study in social sciences, in the field of social change, sustainability, justice, development, innovation, and/or other related fields.

We are looking for an intern who preferably can start working as per May 16th 2022 for a period of 6 months. We would like to have you on board for a minimum of 4 months with 32 hours a week, but this is negotiable.
In addition to the requirements above, it is also important to know that we can only welcome you as a internship if:

  • Either: you are a student with citizenship from the EU/EEA/Switzerland and the internship is part of your educational programme (it will be awarded with ECTS). Note that a permit of residency is not the same as citizenship. 
  • Or: you are a student formally enrolled at a Dutch higher education institution, and the internship is part of your educational programme (it will be awarded with ECTS). Note that being enrolled in a joint programme between Dutch and non-Dutch institutes may not be sufficient.

Please note that you and your educational institution will be required to sign an internship contract and you will be asked to provide proof of enrolment and/or nationality. 
If you fit these requirements, please get in touch and apply to become our new intern!
DRIFT strives to be an inclusive workplace
At DRIFT, we aspire to address injustices in our work on sustainability transitions and seek to be open and inclusive in our pursuit of understanding and fostering societal changes. Although this is not achieved overnight by simply adding a paragraph to our vacancies, we do want to stress that we strive towards being a diverse workplace in terms of education, income, political preference, gender, sexuality, culture, religion and ethnicity.
How to apply
Send your CV and a motivation letter to before Thursday, April 21st. Interviews will take place ideally on April 26th.