Circle Cities Programme Internship - October 2021

  • Cities
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

Circle Cities Programme Internship - October 2021

Job description

About the Circle Cities Programme

Circle Economy is a non-profit foundation with an international team that is focused on developing practical and scalable tools and services that accelerate the transition to the circular economy. The Circle Cities Programme works in partnership with cities worldwide, helping them to understand their resource flows and develop circular action plans to transition toward a circular economy. We are looking for a highly motivated intern to join Circle Economy’s Circle Cities Programme in Amsterdam.

About You

You are an independent, self-starting Master's student or recent graduate or equivalent in the field of Industrial Ecology, Urban Sustainability, Sustainable Development, or Environmental Sciences. You are passionate about the topic of circular economy in cities and are eager to define and realize practical projects and real business ideas based on circular principles. You have strong analytical skills and you are a fluent Spanish speaker and writer. Catalan is a plus. You are comfortable diving into the deep end and learning about all different aspects of project execution to broaden your expertise in the application of the circular economy within cities.

Project and role

Your role is to directly support the Cities team with Circle City Scans from the beginning to the end. You will analyse complex problems and work together with the team to produce innovative circular economy solutions. You will work through all the details of how to best implement projects that can create meaningful economic, environmental, and social benefits. In this position you will have a supporting role in the following activities:

  • Research:
    • Circular economy best practices, innovations, and strategies in both policy and businesses

    • The potential impact of circular strategies/innovations across key metrics

  • Analysis:
    • Material Flow Analysis (MFA) at the city or region level, prioritizing key sustainability impact areas from a resource flow perspective.

    • Support in the creation and measurement of circular economy indicators at a city level for a variety of sectors.

    • Developing future visions for cities and sectors, including KPI development.

  • Communication and translation:
    • Providing communications support in report writing, as well as blogs and social media

    • Providing support in event planning, workshop facilitation, stakeholder management on a project basis.

Our Culture

We are a young team of around 50 driven and ambitious professionals, sharing the belief that the circular economy can create a sustainable future for all. We work in a lively and dynamic atmosphere in our open office space right in the heart of Amsterdam. At Circle Economy, we have a culture of getting things done while having fun.

Our Values

As a team we have guiding principles that define our mindsets and are inherent in the way we work each day, especially in the way we treat each other and others. Our values are a compass to guide our culture internally and shape our impact externally, they further our greater mission and don’t impose ideology but enable ideas.

  • Focus on Impact - Time is short, boundaries set, efforts need to be focused, brave and relentless. We are actively at work to make a positive difference, bringing benefit to others, doing good and doing it well, each one of us in their own function

  • Resources Consciousness - The potential of our people is unlimited, but resources should be safeguarded. We make the most of others’ time, money, energy and spirit, with efficiency and effectiveness, without abusing these valuable resources

  • Diversity - We need it, to pursue a world of richness, where potential can be expressed to its fullest, and in complete fairness, by all. We embrace diversity, with openness, fairness, and the enthusiasm of knowing that diversity is where jewels hide

  • Safety - collaborating where vulnerability, mistakes, and even tough confrontation, are openly accepted and embraced, without compromising safe relationships, safe boundaries and a safe job

  • Collaboration - Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success: we want to be there for others, in good and bad times, working together, hand in hand, beyond role and bias, to get the work done

  • Recognition - Sometimes we have to recognise great successes, other times great efforts followed by great failures. Recognition helps us move up the line from good intentions to good results.

  • Support - Relationships, when created on the basis of respect and trust, allow us to thrive. When we are encouraged and our actions championed by another, this kind of support ensures choices and decisions are made without consequences as a condition. We foster an environment of encouragement and a trusting place to return to in more difficult moments.

What we offer

A paid internship for a minimum of 4 days a week for a period of 6-8 months, but ideally in a full-time capacity, to start as soon as possible (October-November 2021). We offer a stipend of €400 per month for Master’s level based on full-time employment and can provide a travel stipend if necessary. We offer a challenge for a passionate person that loves to learn and take on responsibilities in a vibrant and talented team, in a pioneering organisation. The opportunity to grow an in-depth insight and knowledge on the topic of circular cities.


Required Skills

  • Analytical Skills:
    • Strong numerical analysis skills

    • Proficiency in Excel

    • Ability to process and systematise large amounts of information

  • Communication Skills:
    • Fluency in both written and spoken English

    • Fluency in both written and spoken Spanish. Catalan is a plus.

  • General:
    • Creative and active in brainstorm sessions, not afraid to propose new ideas

    • Ability to manage own time and work towards tight deadlines

    • Pro-active, independent and self-starter

    • Detail-oriented