European Climate Foundation Internship, The Hague

Deadline: 6 December 2013
Open to: individuals with relevant work experience or academic background in the fields of energy, climate, environment or public policy
Remuneration: around €1,100 per month


The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was established in early 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to promote climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and to help Europe play an even stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change.

The ECF aims to significantly drive the transformation of Europe to a low carbon economy, which means reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Europe by 30% in 2020 and at least 80% in 2050. The ECF does so by developing and implementing well-crafted climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe’s global greenhouse gas emissions. Key elements of a sustainable energy future include:

  1. a substantial increase in energy efficiency;
  2. a successful transition from conventional to renewable energy;
  3. maintenance of the earth’s ecological systems and the life-supporting services they provide; and,
  4. equitable distribution of energy services to different members of the population, both internationally and within nations.

The European Climate Foundation’s Energy Efficiency Programme is offering an internship for six months – possibly extendible to 12 – starting in early February 2013. The selected candidate will be based in The Hague, The Netherlands, and will work closely and actively with the team on a range of tasks:

  • Support to the team’s grant-making activities: managing relationships with grantees and grant-seekers; reviewing grantee proposals; evaluating grantee reports.
  • Research on energy-efficiency related subjects and monitoring of relevant legislative developments.
  • Support to other team activities: drafting reports, presentations and internal documents; monitoring media for articles of interest to the team and the broader organisation.
  • General administrative support, including organizing meetings, travel logistics, etc.


The ideal candidate should embody the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Relevant work experience or academic background in the fields of energy, climate, environment or public policy.
  • Demonstrated interest in the mission and values of the European Climate Foundation; particular understanding of and interest in energy efficiency will be particularly valued.
  • Superior written and verbal English skills. Other languages an asset.
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure, take initiative and be a creative problem-solver.
  • Excellent attention to detail. Ability to prioritize tasks and work well under pressure, and to actively generate and implement ideas for programme and office improvement.
  • Strong administrative and computer skills (PowerPoint, Excel); experience with Mac is an asset.
  • Enthusiastic personality; sense of humor.


The compensation will be similar to that of internships in European institutions like Commission, Council and Parliament. These institutions remunerate their interns with around €1,100 per month.


If you are interested, just send a short covering letter and your CV (no Europass CV) to the attention of Ms. Agata Walczak to no later than Friday 6 December 2013. Please type the position and your last, first name as the subject line of your email.

For further information, please visit the official website HERE.

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