Intern (m/f/d)

in the field of water / sustainable water resource management (full-time internship for 3 months starting December 2023 / January 2024) / adelphi research

adelphi is the leading independent think-and-do tank in Europe for climate, environment and development. We are some 320 strategists, thought leaders and practitioners working at the local and global levels to find solutions to the most urgent political, economic and social challenges of our time. As a policy consultancy, we support a just transition towards carbon neutrality and sustainable, liveable societies. Our work is grounded in transdisciplinary research, evidence-based consulting and stakeholder dialogues. With these tools we shape policy agendas, facilitate political communication, inform policy processes and support decision-makers.

Reconciling economic growth with climate protection and resource efficiency requires access to affordable and appropriate financing solutions. In many countries, however, markets and frameworks for green financial products and sustainable investments are underdeveloped. adelphi supports clients from politics, business and the financial sector in designing and implementing green financing instruments, both in Europe and in developing and emerging economies.



Job Summary

Are you passionate about protecting and managing global water resources sustainably? Advocating for systems that secure drinking water supply for all, preserve ecosystems while reconciling energy and food security?

We are looking for an intern to support the work of adelphi’s water programme in various projects starting in August 2023. We offer a paid internship of three months at 40 hrs/week. As part of your internship, you will support desk research and analysis as well as writing tasks focusing on sustainable water resources management, water-related climate risks and adaptation, design and financing of integrated solutions addressing for the water-energy-food-ecosystem nexus. Prior knowledge and/or practical experience on these topics is welcome.

Diversity is important to us. For a sustainable future, we need a diversity of experiences experiences, backgrounds and perspectives.


Your tasks

  • Desk Research around the above topics, specifically in the context of development cooperation.
  • Evaluation of reports, studies and policy statements, with the aim of identifying policy recommendations
  • Conception, writing and formatting of reports, policy briefs and factsheets
  • Supporting implementation and follow-up of expert interviews and workshops
  • Editorial support for project-related communication (project websites, social media channels)
  • Assistance with daily work on projects and consulting activities

Your qualifications

  • You are a student of environmental sciences, geography, resource management, political science or a comparable field of study with a focus on water (sustainable/integrated water resource management)
  • You have proven interest and first experience in working on issues in the field of water governance and management
  • Analytical thinking and research skills as well as a diligent approach to work, self-organization and initiative
  • You have a good writing style and are fluent in German and English (other languages are an advantage)

    We offer…

    • adelphi Impact:
      You advance social-ecological transformation with impactful projects.
    • adelphi Fit:
      Free or discounted membership in the Urban Sports Club with more than 50 sports throughout Germany and in five European countries.
    • adelphi Spirit:
      An international and interdisciplinary team with a lot of passionate commitment for a future worth living. Not only spinning ideas together at work, but also celebrating together at various adelphi events.
    • adelphi DNA:
      dynamic green new-work environment with flexible working hours for your personal work-life balance as well as IT equipment for your home office.
    • adelphi Care:
      Individual development through numerous internal and external trainings as well as our buddy program, mentoring and knowledge exchanges.
    • The chance to help shape adelphi's work in independent, international teams.
    • Insights into sustainable water management and water policy, especially from the perspective of German development cooperation.
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