Climate Action and Ambition Intern

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Title: Climate Action and Ambition Internship

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 1,300 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. CAN members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate issues. CAN has regional network hubs that coordinate these efforts around the world.

Internship Opportunity:

CAN is seeking an intern to join the Climate Action and Ambition department. The selected intern will gain several educational knowledge and training – mostly related to climate change and renewable energy - by the end of this internship. CAN has a flexible/ remote office location policy that applies to interships as well. The selected intern will report directly to the Climate Action and Ambition Programme Officer.


Responsibilities will encompass a range of tasks including, but not limited to:

• Research cases related to 100% RE commitments/ initiatives around the world, both within the membership and through the sources provided by the other members of the team (25% of time to be allocated in this task);

• Upload the above-mentioned cases at the Transition in Action website (10% of time to be allocated in this task);

• Research data related to previously selected countries about their targets and commitments in NDCs vis-a-vis related policy and advocacy asks of the CAN Network (30% of time to be allocated in this task);

• Collaborate and network closely with the CAN Nodes and CAN membership on the 100%RE commitments / initiatives and on the NDC related data and policy asks.

Remaining time will be allocated accordingly and divided among the following:

• When needed, support text update in Transition in Action Website;

• Co-produce papers about specific issues related to NDC enhancement, as needed and requested;

• Join internal and working groups calls, as needed and possible.

Educational Objectives: What you will learn during this internship?

CAN’s internship program is designed to provide students and recent graduates with an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and training about our programs as well as supporting CAN. In this internship, you will learn the following:

• Develop and refine research and critical thinking and analysis skills;

• Gain knowledge related to climate change, just transition and renewable energy;

• Learn about the UN climate decision-making process and civil society spaces for participation and influence;

• Develop a growth mindset – you’ll seek out opportunities to better develop some on-going initiatives;

• Become an effective communicator – by interacting with people from different backgrounds, cultures and timezones, you’ll learn how to communicate well and effectively.

In addition, you will widen your professional network, make new connections and learn how to best work independently – though with enough supervision and guidance.

Compensation and Length of Internship:

• Compensation will be defined based on location of intern.

• This Internship will be for a period of 3 months, which can be extended up to six (6) months.

Eligibility & Requirements:

• Candidates should be college/university undergraduate students with less than 2 years of work experience;

or graduate students with less than 2 years of work experience.

• Interns are expected to work between 25 - 30 hours a week during the 3-month internship period.

• Strong interest in climate change issues;

• Interest and experience in working on research and data collection projects;

• Some experience in website management desirable;

• Ability to effectively communicate in written and spoken English;

• Strong organizational and time management skills;

• Ability to work independently in a remote office environment;

• Ability to develop ambitious but realistic workplans and meet deadlines;

• Strong interpersonal skills;

• Personal computer and reliable Internet access.

Academic Credit:

• Awarding academic credit for an internship is at the discretion of your college or university. We are happy to assist you with providing appropriate information at your school’s request. Interns are responsible for making all arrangements for earning credit prior to the commencement of their internship.

Application Procedures:

• To apply, please submit an application until the 20th of November and upload your cover letter along with a writing sample. No telephone or email inquiries please.