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Post-graduate Internship: Future City Leaders Initiative ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability Bonn, Germany

We are offering an interesting and challenging Post-graduate Internship: Future City Leaders Initiative within the international team of ICLEI’s Capacity Center at the World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany.

The Future City Leaders Initiative (more information: offers a capacity building program for selected young Mayors and Council members to provide them with access to information on urban sustainability in a global context, to international partner organizations of ICLEI and to enable them to start and maintain sustainability initiatives within their cities and towns in a global context.

The program is based on the following elements:

  • Networking among the participating young leaders
  • Facilitated interactions with partners from science, business, NGOs and international organizations
  • Personal & professional capacity building of the individual young leader
The initiative is currently preparing its first 2 year program cycle and will soon select the first group of participants. Therefore, the emphasis of the initiative and the intern’s tasks is on the following:
  • Support the fundraising for the initiative and help establishing further contacts with potential funders, supporters and partners of the initiative;
  • Support the further design and set-up of the 2 year participants’ program cycle, including set-up and preparation of the annual “Sustainability Academy”;
  • Set-up of online and other communication structures among the young leaders;
  • Maintenance of the website; help with its further development;
  • Production of information material (also for participants) and announcements about the initiative, also via online tools (Social Media), and support of the dissemination of the material;
  • University Degree in a relevant subject such as Urban Geography, Political Science, Public Administration, Town & Regional Planning, Urban Planning & Management, Communication, Marketing or similar;
  • Experience or familiarity in the areas of mobilizing city/town councils, cities and local governments, urban planning & management, environmental sustainability or similar;
  • Proficiency in oral and written English; command of German would be of advantage
  • Proficiency in office and presentation software; Ideally experience with web content management (preferably Typo 3) and in setting-up and maintaining Social Media tools
  • Enthusiasm, a pro-active attitude and an organized working style with eye for detail;
  • Editing skills, creativity and very good visual presentation skills.
Terms and conditions:
  • The internship position is available from August 2011 at the ICLEI World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany.
  • The duration will be six months. The internship is within ICLEI’s international Capacity Center, the intern reports to the Future City Leaders Initiative Project Officer;
  • ICLEI offers interns a remuneration of Euro 550 after tax and social insurance fees;
  • Working hours: 40h per week; 2 days of paid leave per month;
  • Working language: English;
  • Non-EU citizens are also welcome to apply provided they have the possibility of being granted an EU work permit prior to the start of the internship.
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