Internship: Social dimensions of sustainability transitions

28 april, 2021

DRIFT is looking for an intern interested in supporting our work on social innovation in energy transitions. Would you like to figure out how citizen collectives, action groups and new organizational forms are shaping the move from fossil fuel energy to renewable resources? Join our team under supervision of our experts!
The work is mostly situated within the context of the SONNET research project. SONNET stands for SOcial iNNovations in Energy Transitions and the research consortium investigates the diversity, processes, and contributions of social innovations in energy. We are looking for someone who can support us in comparing case studies of different social innovations across several countries as well as in synthesizing insights from different empirical workstreams. You help to investigate the diversity of social innovation in the transition to a sustainable energy system. A specific focus will be on the societal dynamics around wind energy.
Curious to learn about the wider project? Have a look at the project page or the SONNET webpage!
How you can support us?
We are looking for someone who can support our work by:

  • Establishing the current state of the art on the societal dynamics around wind energy through systematic literature review and broader desktop research.
  • Supporting the comparative data analysis of social innovations in energy and possibly additional data collection through conducting (online) interviews
  • Mapping actors related to co-creation and social innovations in energy
  • Supporting the development of research proposals
  • Supporting the popularising and dissemination of research insights, possibly including setting up and implementing a short series of webinars.

The internship can partly be combined with writing a Master thesis. The duration of the research internship is 4 to 6 months (upon discussion) and is to start ideally in June 2021. The exact beginning and end date are open for discussion, but we prefer you to start as soon as possible.
We’re looking for you!
If you have…

  • An interest in the central themes of the internship: social innovation, co-creation, energy transitions.
  • A creative mind and flexible attitude;
  • Familiarity with writing and research processes;
  • Familiarity with conducting interviews;
  • Excellent written/spoken English (and possibly Dutch)

… then we’re eagerly awaiting your application!
How to apply?
Send your CV & a letter of motivation in one pdf document to indicating your preferred internship period, a.s.a.p. (ideally before May 15th).
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 outside the office, due to Covid-19. The office is a great place to meet the DRIFT transition researchers, consultants & educators. We are strong believers in office lunches and drinks, and Covid-19 is pushing us creatively to find new forms to keep co-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).
Conditions for doing an internship at DRIFT

  • We can only offer internships to EU-citizens in higher education or those formally enrolled in a higher education program in the Netherlands.
  • The internship should be a formal part of the educational program. Please note that your institution needs to give permission for the internship by signing the DRIFT internship contract (without this we cannot offer the internship).
  • We ask all interns to write a blog on their internship to be published on the DRIFT website. Additionally, when someone is writing his/her thesis we expect them to present their research during one of DRIFT’s knowledge sessions.

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 simple 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 and ethnicity.