Circle Textiles Intern: Switching Gear

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Circle Textiles Intern: Switching Gear

Job description

About Circle Economy

At Circle Economy, we believe it is time for a new economic approach: the circular economy.

Circle Economy is a social enterprise with an international team that supports businesses, cities and policymakers to find practical and scalable solutions to accelerate the adoption of the circular economy. We are growing rapidly both in the Netherlands and around the world through strategic partnerships with governments, cities, and businesses.

Circle Economy has dedicated programmes for cities, textiles, built environment, finance, jobs & skills and design & brands. Circle Economy also conducts trailblazing research on topics such as climate change, circular jobs creation and the societal impact of the circular economy


The Circle Textiles Programme

The Circle Textiles Programme's (CTP) mission (est. 2014) is to achieve a zero waste fashion system. We do this by working together with our ecosystem of brands, collectors, sorters and recyclers to develop the data, technology and enabling infrastructure needed to valorise textile waste at end-of-life and to increase apparel brand's capacity to assess and adopt circular strategies.


The Switching Gear Project

A shift towards fast fashion in the past 2 decades has led to a dramatic decrease of the practical service life of clothes (how long they are worn) compared to their technical service life (how long they could be worn). Today, consumers buy 60% more & keep for ½ as long and up to 70% of closets go unworn. Extending the active service life of garments is considered one of the most effective ways to reduce the overall impact of the clothing industry, by decreasing the need for production of new garments and reducing the growing volumes of textile waste generated.


Switching Gear: Towards a Circular Business Model, is a Laudes Foundation supported project, led by Circle Economy, that guides 4 leading apparel brands on a innovation process towards the design and launch of rental and recommerce business model pilots by 2021. Additionally, Circle Economy and Fashion for Good joined forces to drive the formation of a powerful global Enabling Network of +50 circular solution providers, frontrunning brands, exploring brands and relevant experts, in the next 2.5 years; The Switching Gear Enabling Network. This network will support the practical implementation of pilots, and enable the wider uptake of circular business models in the apparel industry. To date the network includes over 45 leading organisations, such as ThredUp, The Renewal Workshop, Stuffstr, Lizee, Monochain, Houdini, MUD Jeans, Nudie Jeans, Eileen Fisher, and many more. 


Your role in the Circle Economy team

We are looking for a highly motivated and effective intern, with a strong interest in circular apparel and textiles and specialised in communications, community management and research to join our textiles team in Amsterdam, and dedicatedly work on the Switching Gear project.

As intern to Switching Gear project, you will be primarily responsible for the Switching Gear Enabling Network (SGEN), and act as a main point of contact and content for this community of innovators, experts and frontrunning brands. In addition, you will support the overall research and content creation for the Switching Gear project, and be involved in the development and execution of the innovative circular masterclasses with leading apparel brands. You will be reporting to the Switching Gear project leads, and working closely alongside our communications team.


Who you are

You have an interest in and basic knowledge about circular fashion, as well as experience in project management and rolling out creative and effective strategies for social media channels. You are creative, analytical, detail oriented, a self starter and can be effective in a highly dynamic environment where priorities can shift rapidly. In this role you will deliver high quality content on a fascinating topic as part of a highly skilled communications team.


Our Culture

We are a young team of 40+ driven and ambitious professionals, sharing the belief that the circular economy creates prosperity 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, and apart from friendly and open team dynamics, you can expect a (virtual!) drink in your hand every other Friday by 4pm.




Management of the Switching Gear Enabling Network (SGEN) member community

  • Support the member expansion of the SGEN, engaging with new innovators, expert, frontrunning brands and exploring brands and onboarding new members as needed.
  • Develop and execute an innovative communications strategy for SGEN across varying channels, including website, social media, newsletter.
  • Effectively manage the planning and production of yearly SGEN (online and offline) events 

Support of the Switching Gear Project and brand masterclasses

  • Supporting the translation of project content into appropriate and high quality designed infographics, presentations and visuals.
  • Contribute to content development on the topic of circular business models in fashion including reports, blog posts, presentations, social media content and other informational tools.
  • Support the planning and production of quarterly brand masterclasses.
  • Support the development and execution of a communication strategy for the circular business model toolbox, to be released in March 2021. 

Skills and Competencies

  • Informed and passionate about trends, innovations and key-players in circular apparel and textiles space, specifically in relation to rental and recommerce.
  • Excellent communication skills, both on and offline.
  • Fluent in English, with experience in producing copy; excellent writing skills
  • Proficiency on Adobe indesign, illustrator, social media etc.
  • Highly organised, with excellent planning and time-managment skills and a strict attention to detail
  • Proactive and independent

What we offer you

A paid internship for a minimum of 4 days a week in an international environment working in the heart of Amsterdam, for a duration of ±6 months, from November 23rd 2020 - May 31st 2021 . 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 textiles.


To apply

The role is based in Amsterdam, NL, however due to these exceptional times, the Circle Economy team is following national guidelines and working from home. Therefore, remote working is possible. Please submit your cover letter and CV, both with your first and last name included in the file name. Applications can be addressed to Gwen Cunningham. The deadline for applications is November 1st 2020.