Finance Intern

Intern / Student, Full or part-time · Stichting Circle Economy

Your mission

Circle Economy is looking for an enthusiastic intern who wishes to apply their affinity with sustainability strategies and climate finance as part of the Finance Programme. The chosen candidate will be an independent individual with strong organisational capabilities and effective writing and research skills. An enthusiasm for our mission to improve access to capital in the circular economy is also imperative.

Finance is a key enabler in the  transition to a circular economy. In low- and middle-income countries the circular economy represents a new frontier in sustainable development, while in more developed economies it is required to support pioneering businesses in underdeveloped

economic space. The goal is to support the financial sector to become a driver in the circular economy.

You will be assisting the Circle Finance Programme on several projects. One main focus will be on the  Circularity Exchange Network (CEN) for the multilateral development banks (MDBs). Following the launch of the high-level roadmap at COP27, in December 2022, the CEN congregated leading MDBs with the goal of facilitating discussions around unlocking circular economy approaches within their sustainable development agenda. Over the past 6 months, the group has worked together in the run-up to the World Circular Economy Forum 2023, at which Circle Economy will hosting a variety of sessions in alignment with the MDB work.

Another exciting focus of the internship will be on the development of a finance focused chapter for our flagship report, the Circularity Gap Report 2024. 

There will also be opportunities to involve yourself in the finance related challenges of our myriad other thematic areas, including the Built Environment, Cities, and the Circular Jobs Initiative.

Your profile

Job requirements:

You are a talented MSc student with:

  • excellent writing skills in English (with Dutch a plus);

  • excellent research skills;

  • a passion for circular economy / sustainability;

  • An understanding of the key tenets of climate finance

  • the ability to work in a team as well as independently;

  • a proactive, autonomous and fun character;

  • thriving in a dynamic working environment.

Why us?

Reimbursement is offered of up to €652 (40 hours) per month gross, excluding travel stipend if you live outside of Amsterdam  (up to a maximum of €100 per month). The position is available for 3-5 days per week.

Unfortunately we can not support visa applications for interns. Only those individuals who have an automatic right to work and live in the Netherlands should apply.


 To apply for this role, please submit your motivation letter, CV and some written work (personal essay assignment or thesis, no group work) before 14 June, 2023.

About us


Circle Economy is an impact organisation combining research, tools, and advice for the greater good. We were founded to create prosperity for all within the limits of our planet. With nature as our mentor, we accelerate circularity. We help businesses, cities, and nations with data-powered roadmaps for change. We are an international team of excited experts based in Amsterdam.


Earth, our home, needs to be healthy, safe, and just for generations to come. We harness the world’s intelligence and collaborative drive to restore its balance. It can and must be done; we pave the way.


A circular economy meets the needs of people in harmony with nature. It designs out waste and pollution, keeps products and materials in use, and regenerates natural systems. It’s a balancing act with nature as our mentor.


We are a global impact organisation with an international team of passionate experts based in Amsterdam. We empower businesses, cities and nations with practical and scaleable solutions to put the circular economy into action.

Our vision is an economic system that ensures that the planet and all people can thrive. To avoid climate breakdown, our goal is to double global circularity by 2032. We do this by creating:

  • An Impact-Driven Data and Evidence Base;

  • Establishing metrics for assessing circularity that embraces ecological, economical, and social indicators

  • Promoting circular solutions, innovations, and initiatives that have a positive impact on ecology, economy, and society

Actionable and Practical Strategies;

  • Building capacity of stakeholders towards the implementation of circular strategies

  • Ensuring multi-stakeholder commitment—operational, financial, and political—towards the implementation of circular strategies

  • A Digital Environment to Scale Adoption;

  • Standardising and digitising the scan approach into products and tools

  • Facilitating access to tools and knowledge through open online platforms

We are an international team of ambitious and highly driven (young) professionals who share 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 friendly and open team dynamic and a culture of getting things done while having fun.

Circle Economy welcomes applications from all qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity,as governed under our Gender Equality Plan. Circle Economy encourages our candidates to refrain from attaching their profile photos and gender details in their resumes to mitigate any potential subconscious bias.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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