Finance Intern

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

Your mission

6 months Finance Programme Internship, Amsterdam,  (32 - 40 hours/week tba)

Start Date: mid-January 2023

Circle Economy is looking for an enthusiastic intern who wants to apply their affinity with sustainable strategy and climate finance as part of the Circular Finance Programme. The chosen candidate will be an independent individual with strong organsiational capabilities and great writing skills. An enthusiasm for our mission to improve capital allocations for 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; meanwhile, enterprises launching a circular business enter a pioneering space in the economic sector, which is an unexplored novelty for markets and investors. 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 IFI Circularity Exchange Network (CEN) as it enters its second phase. Following the launch of the high-level roadmap at COP27 the IFI CEN will congregate leading multilateral development banks with the goal of developing an actionable change agenda for the group to significantly scale up their activities in the circular economy. You will also support the Coalition Circular Accounting (CCA). This coalition brings knowledge partners together to co-create solutions in overcoming the barriers to transition from a linear to a circular economy. In order to better reflect the financial reality of circular companies, it is vital to adjust existing economic principles and reporting rules. 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 or late BSc student with:


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

  • a passion for circular economy / sustainability;

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

  • a proactive, autonomous and fun character;

  • thriving in a dynamic working environment.

Reimbursement is offered of €521.60 (32 hours ) - €652 (40 hours) per month gross, excluding travel stipend if necessary (up to a maximum of €100 per month).

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 December, 2022.

Why us?

Circle Economy is a young team of 50+ driven and ambitious professionals from more than 20 different countries, sharing the belief that the circular economy creates prosperity for all. We have an open and dynamic working culture that focuses resolutely on our impact objectives, whilst remaining jovial and exciting. We work in a lively atmosphere in our open office space right in the heart of Amsterdam, with flexibility to work from home when preferred. 

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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