Circle Cities Programme Internship 2024

Intern / Student, Full or part-time · Circle Economy Foundation
749 € per month
Your mission

Project and role

Your role is to directly support the Cities team with diverse projects from Circle City Scans to multi-city projects focused on capacity development. 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: 

    • Latest literature on Circular economy in the context of regional and urban settings, best practices, and innovations in both private and public sector.

    • City- or region-specific research around circular economy opportunities, barriers and other key aspects. 

  • Analysis: 

    • Material Flow Analysis (MFA) at the city or regional level, prioritising 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 economic sectors (i.e. built environment, food and textiles value chains, etc.).

  • Capacity building:

    • Support in the development and delivery of workshops and webinars targeted at increasing capacity to tackle circular economy issues for urban changemakers.

  • Communication:

    • Providing support in writing reports, as well as blogs and social media content.

    • Providing support in event and workshop planning, stakeholder management and other activities on a project basis.

    • Provide translation services or work directly in another language (when applicable).

Your profile

About You

You are an independent, currently enrolled 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 support practical actions based on circular principles. You are comfortable diving into specific content, support the team by conducting research about a diverse range of topics related to the circular economy and learning about all different aspects of project execution to broaden your expertise in the application of the circular economy within cities.

Required Skills

  • Analytical Skills: 

    • Strong numerical analysis skills. 

    • Proficiency in PowerPoint, Word and Excel. 

    • Ability to process and structure large amounts of information.

    • Ability to have a systemic approach to tackle complex issues.

  • Communication Skills: 

    • Fluency in both written and spoken English. 

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

  • General: 

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

    • Ability to manage their own time and work towards tight deadlines.

    • Proactive, independent, and self-starter.

    • Detail-oriented.

Why us?

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 ideally mid-August 2024 or before. We offer a stipend of  €749 per month for a Master’s level based on full-time employment (40 hours)  and can provide a travel stipend of up to €100(if living outside of Amsterdam). We offer a challenge for a passionate person who loves to learn and take on responsibilities in a vibrant and talented team in a pioneering organisation,       along with the opportunity to gain in-depth insight and knowledge on the topic of circular cities. 

Please note that the internship is only available to candidates based in the Netherlands or who are authorised to work in the Netherlands.

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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