Are you our new just wind energy transitions intern?

23 mei, 2023


Are you interested in working on just sustainability transitions in the context of wind energy? Apply now to become our new intern ‘just wind energy transitions’ at DRIFT. The deadline for applications closes 16 June, and the internship will start in September 2023.


We are looking for a motivated Master-student to contribute to research, education and engagement activities focusing on the governance of just sustainability transitions. You will, amongst others, be part of our team of researchers working on the EU-funded JustWind4All. In the JustWind4All project we collaborate with 12 European partners in different countries (NL, UK, PT, ES, DK, SI, BG, DE, BE) to improve wind energy related decision-making to become more just and effective.


In the JustWind4All project the DRIFT team will, amongst others, conduct regional case studies, create a decision-making guide for policy makers, as well as develop a training to disseminate the learnings from the project. Besides this project, you might also become involved in DRIFT’s broader research agenda on just and sustainable cities. You can find the website of JustWind4All here.


As the just wind energy transitions intern, you will mainly work on:

  • General research assistance activities including empirical data collection, transcription, coding, literature reviews. More specifically you will be supporting us in analysing and comparing different forms of governance as well as participatory practices relating to wind energy development. Assisting in performing a comparative analysis between various case study regions. As well as contributing towards a wind energy compass.
  • Preparation and organization of events 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.


You will have 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 strong plus);
  • 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 of September 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 the latest on 16th of June. Interviews will take place in the last week of June.