Human Resources Internship

People Team (HR)
Expected duration of placement: 3-6 months
09 Aug 2022
Statutory compensation for internships (where applicable, depending on the country); EIT Climate-KIC is listed for Erasmus+ internships
Vacancy for summer internship available to start asap
UK or Netherlands



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.  

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. You will connect with a wide range of fascinating, talented and driven professionals in a multi-disciplinary, action-oriented environment. This is an exciting, promising and crucial time to be part of the fight against climate change. As an intern, you join one of our teams to support the team with tasks and projects and learn alongside your colleagues.

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.

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
  • 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  
  • Enthusiastic about the targeted areas, committed to own professional development.
  • Curious and eager to learn by experimentation  

People Team (HR)

As a People Team Intern, you will be exposed to HR processes tailored to the unique setup of EIT Climate-KIC, operating across multiple jurisdictions and serving multiple funders’ requirements. This learning experience is hands on: You will support the team with the delivery of HR services across the business, supporting day-to-day HR related activities and providing the HR team with generalist support for organisational development projects and initiatives. This internship focuses on operative aspects of HR (employee database, payroll, contracting, reporting and compliance). You will be mentored by an experienced HR professional and regular learning reflection is part of your internship learning agreement.

Additional Information

Interns must be enrolled in an EU university and the internship is ideally a component of the study programme. Non EU-students need to have a valid visa for the whole duration of the internship. Ideally, the intern is based close to our office, however, remote internships are also an option. As an intern, you will be provided with an email address and support from our IT support to set up our systems, etc. whilst working on your personal laptop.

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.   

Application process

Please fill in this form. In case your application sparks our curiosity, we will reach out to you to ask for further information and will then invite you 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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