Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Internship

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

Your mission

Your role in the Circle Economy team

As the MEL intern, you will be working closely with the Government & Institutions,  Editorial, Communications and Design teams to produce the organisation’s annual impact report and to roll out our new MEL framework and system to the wider team. You will also support the G&I department’s programme development activities.

Key responsibilities

  • Impact report support

    • Supporting overall project management, e.g. by communicating with staff to ensure participation of all teams and to ensure input is provided in a timely manners

    • Supporting staff in harvesting learnings and outcomes from past projects 

    • Supporting the communications team with researching publishing solutions for an interactive version of the impact report

  • MEL rollout support

    • Supporting the technical set up of our MEL framework and indicators in our project management system (PPO )

    • Supporting with training staff on the MEL framework, for example by helping to host Q&A sessions with staff and by providing technical guidance on the topic

  • Programme development support
    • Ad hoc support to other programme development activities of the Government & Institutions department e.g. market research or proposal writing 

Your profile

Who you are

We are looking for a student that is curious about the circular economy, the various streams of work that Circle Economy is involved in and that is looking to learn more about the practice of monitoring, evaluation and learning in an international context. 

Essential qualifications

These are the key skills and competences we are looking for for this internship.

  • Organised and detail-oriented—this internship will require a lot of attention to detail and good time management skills. If you love a good spreadsheet or organising things, this is the internship for you! 

  • Curious and eager to learn—you will be exposed to a lot of different topics during your internship, as well as new technologies, tools and processes. You will also get to work with a lot of people, and touch upon a variety of different skills, so curiosity and an eagerness to learn are key.

  • Working proficiency in English—this is the language we conduct most of our business in.

  • Permission to work in the Netherlandswe are unfortunately not able to sponsor visas for internship roles and will therefore not consider applicants that are not legally authorised to work in the Netherlands.  

Preferred qualifications

These may help you stand out from the crowd, but should not discourage you from applying!

  • Excellent writing proficiency in English—producing the impact report is a writing- and editing-heavy job and our Editorial team would appreciate an additional pair of eyes on grammar, spelling and punctuation!

  • Didactic skills and previous teaching or tutoring experience—as we will be holding training sessions for the staff, previous experience with teaching or training would be helpful.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any field (current students are prioritised)

Deadline and start date
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, ideally for a start date in mid- to end of September.

How to apply
Please submit your CV and a cover letter (approx 500 words)  detailing in a single document your professional interests, qualifications and motivation for the position. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. 
Why us?

Our Culture

We are a team of 50+ driven and ambitious professionals, coming from diverse backgrounds and from more than 20 different countries, sharing the belief that the circular economy can create 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 social gathering with colleagues every other Thursday by 4pm.

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 you

A paid internship for 4-5 days a week for a period of 6 months, starting as soon as possible. We offer a stipend of €652 per month based on full-time (40h) 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, and an opportunity to develop in-depth insight and knowledge on the topic of the circular economy.

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.


It is our mission to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Our global economy is only 8.6% circular today, leaving a massive Circularity Gap. To avoid climate breakdown, we aim to roughly double global circularity from 8.6% to 17% by 2032 in a safe and just way. 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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