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The Global Center on Adaptation Young Leaders Program for young Professionals (Funded)


Application Deadline: January 18th, 2020, 21:00 (CET) Application Deadline:

The Global Center on Adaptation actively supports students and young professionals to become leaders in climate change adaptation. As part of our commitment to build on, improve, and deliver breakthrough climate adaptation solutions, we have established two challenging programs for university graduates and young professionals, who are committed to make a difference: the Young Leaders Program and the 20/20 Adaptation Professionals Program

The Global Center on Adaptation offers internships through its Young
Leaders Program. Young Leaders work with our team on issues surrounding a
new global climate adaptation agenda. Interns contribute to our policy,
advocacy, and research efforts that help societies across the world
become more resilient to climate-related threats.

The internship takes place in the Netherlands at the premises of the Global Center on Adaptation, in Rotterdam and/or in Groningen. During the Program, Young Leaders work independently and with a team of experts on different assignments in an international and diverse environment.


The Young Leaders Program is open to all candidates currently
enrolled in a graduate program from a variety of fields in the social
sciences and life sciences.

To be eligible for an internship, candidates must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent)
  • Be enrolled in a graduate study program (pursuing a Master’s or PhD) or have graduated within 6 months of application
  • Have a solid understanding of international development and climate change adaptation issues
  • Have demonstrable leadership potential
  • Be fluent in English. Additional knowledge of other languages such
    as Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese is desirable.

Each Young Leader receives an individual assignment matched with
their existing skills and expertise. Young Leaders are individually
responsible for the timely completion of their assignments, with the
support of supervisors. All assignments are designed to support our
vision and mission.

Young Leaders can expect to enhance their understanding of climate change adaptation, and what it takes to drive forward a new global agenda. They gain experiences that enable them to consider a wide range of perspectives and connect different points of view, and develop interpersonal and leadership skills that are essential for excelling in challenging international environments.


The Global Center on Adaptation provides a monthly compensation of
€500, as well as contributions to housing and travel (including to and
from the Netherlands).

IMPORTANT: Interns are entirely responsible for their own living costs such as groceries and health insurance.


The Young Leaders Program is currently open for applications for the period of May – August 2020 (4 months total).

Deadline for applying is January 18th, 2020, 21:00 (CET)

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Global Center on Adaptation Young Leaders Program 2020/2021

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