Business Desk Internship

Business Desk (Grant Management Office)
6-12 months, flexible working hours
24 Aug 2022
Statutory compensation for internships (where applicable, depending on the country); EIT Climate-KIC is listed for Erasmus+ internships
Upon agreement
Spain, Austria, Italy, Belgium



EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is Europe’s foremost climate innovation initiative. We understand that keeping global temperature rise below 1.5˚C demands unprecedented change. It requires new social dynamics, ways of doing business, capital flows, policymaking, economic models, and new ways of living. That is why our mission is to leverage the power of systems innovation to transform whole places, industries and value chains by 2030, working across sectors to develop and scale ambitious, mission-led programmes.

Established in 2010 and headquartered in Amsterdam, we orchestrate a community of more than 400 organisations including large corporations and SMEs, municipal and regional governments, universities and research institutes, as well as non-governmental organisations and uncommon actors. Historically, we have been funded by our founder and core funder, the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), but we are currently transitioning to a multi-funder model.

EIT Climate-KIC colleagues are based in one of our local offices across Europe, or work remotely from home based in one of the countries we have a branch in. We meet at our local offices to exchange and connect, and use online collaboration tools to work with each other and with our Community. On occasion, we meet in person as teams, and once per year as an organisation.

As a mission-driven organisation dedicated to climate transformation, we consider the climate impact of our own actions, for example, travel, catering, or IT equipment.

Purpose of the Internship

An internship at EIT Climate-KIC is a unique opportunity for ambitious and talented students to gain broad experience in a dynamic, pan-European organisation addressing one of the most important and pressing problems of our time. As an intern, you will join the Business desk team connecting with a wide range of fascinating, talented and driven professionals across the organisation, from Operations to the Delivery team. The Business Desk is our core hub for managing funder relationships and grant cycles, including reporting requirements. You will gain insight into the complexity of managing various streams of funding, systems, tools and process that facilitate grant management. Ideally, you will bring some initial experience in working with funded projects/ grants, project management skills and/ or financial monitoring skills. This is an exciting and promising opportunity to be part of an organisation scaling with different types of funding at a time when the fight against climate change is a center point of the EU Agenda.

We set up a learning agreement with each intern which includes personal objectives as well as study related assignments like reports, interviews, etc. where applicable. EIT Climate-KIC provides a variety of learning activities for community members, colleagues and interns. These include peer based learning activities in our “Communities of Practice” as well as deep dives with other systems transformation practitioners. Next to this, we provide a range of systems transformation and complexity focussed online courses to which interns have access.

Key Tasks (area specific details will be shared during the interview process)

  • Supporting and working closely with the Business desk team on day-to-day operations (Amendment procedures, Internal control, Reporting processes based on the funder)
  • Developing guidelines based on the organisation’s need
  • Liaising with multiple colleagues/project members
  • Collecting data and providing background material for decision-making, including ownership of various tasks (depending on the process ownership)
  • Actively participating in the daily business of the Business desk team, contributing to the success of operations with an open mindset and sensemaking

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise a busy workload effectively and deliver work to deadlines
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Quick learner and self-motivated
  • Familiarity with/Interest in the EU research and funding landscape
  • Ability to work with different IT systems/ applications
  • Personable and approachable, a good team player
  • Proactive, adaptable and resilient
  • Culturally aware and positive about diversity
  • Curious and eager to learn by experimentation
  • Attention to detail

Additional Information

Please note that we offer internships only to students who are enrolled in a university (or equivalent) in the countries indicated above. Candidates must have the right to work in the EU prior to applying for the position for the full Internship period. You will be provided with an email address and support from our IT support to set up on our systems etc.

At EIT Climate-KIC we are wholeheartedly committed to building a diverse and representative team and an inclusive workplace that values different life experiences and perspectives, and encourages personal development, learning and growth.

When recruiting we look to achieve diversity in the candidate pool. We actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups and are happy to consider reasonable adjustments that will foster success in potential employees from diverse backgrounds and life situations. And because our team has differing needs and personal circumstances, we offer a high degree of flexibility to accommodate all working patterns.

How to apply

Please fill in this application form. We will inform shortlisted candidates and invite them to an interview.

Our application and recruitment process

Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

Your application should be written in English and consist of:

  • a full curriculum vitae
  • a covering letter describing briefly how your profile, skills and experience meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, and outlining your interest in and vision for the role.
  • your current salary
  • where you saw this role advertised.

Please send your full application using the “apply now” button above. You should state your full name, followed by the role for which you are applying for in the subject line of the email. The deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 GMT on the date published on the job advert.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email.

Your application will be reviewed on or around the closing date for the vacancy for which you have applied. If your application is shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted directly by Climate-KIC.

Candidates invited to a first interview, will be notified of the outcome and informed about next stages if they are successful.

NB/ This advertisement will be taken down from the website after the closing date so it is a good idea to copy and keep the text for reference to use should you be invited to interview.

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