Inclusive Climate Action Programme Internship with C40 Cities Climate

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
London, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Company

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 14th year, connects 94 of the world’s greatest cities which have committed to tackling climate change. We bring mayors from around the world together to learn from each other in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating resilient, sustainable and low carbon cities. C40 cities represent more than 700 million urban citizens and their economies account for 25% of the global GDP. C40’s ‘Deadline 2020’ report sets out the critical role that the world’s major cities have to play in delivering the historic Paris Agreement to prevent catastrophic climate change.

C40’s team of 180+ staff is headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris and individual staff based across 25+ different locations. C40 is primarily funded through the generous support of philanthropic foundations.

The strategic direction of the organization is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors which is chaired by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the C40 Board of Directors, which is responsible for operational oversight. An eight-person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40. C40’s three core strategic funders are Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Realdania.

Inclusive Climate Action Programme

Climate change is unfair—it was created by the privileged few, but will hit the many hardest and strongest. In addition, climate action is not always equitable and does not share its benefits fairly. The response to climate change needs to be just and inclusive: if addressing climate change does not meet the needs of city residents, mayors will lose the permission to act. Established at the behest of a group of leading C40 mayors, the Inclusive Climate Action (ICA) programme provides cities with a clear roadmap and support to plan, build consensus and deliver bold climate action that is equitable and beneficial for all.

The programme aims at bringing to cities hands-on support including inclusivity reviews and benefits assessments of climate action plans, technical and collaborative trainings, knowledge on engagement and empowerment of communities, best practice exchanges, communication platforms, research and innovative partnerships.

The Role

The successful intern will support the ICA team in conducting research on and communicating city efforts to deliver inclusive climate action. The intern will also support the delivery of ICA-related events and moments at the C40 Mayors Summit in October 2019. Finally, the intern will support the day to day operation of all four work streams of the ICA Programme (knowledge production, technical assistance, peer-to-peer exchange and diplomacy), including some administrative tasks, logistics and content production.

If selected, working a 40-hour week, s/he will have the opportunity to develop skills and understanding in a range of subject areas, gaining valuable experience working with international colleagues in a fast-paced and exciting global organization.


The responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Conduct an initial landscape analysis of C40 cities’ progress in delivering inclusive climate action through desk research (e.g. reviewing city plans, communications materials);
  • Support the ICA Knowledge and Data Analyst in curating and analysing city commitments and actions reported under the C40 Equity Pledge;
  • Help draft policy briefs on key examples of inclusive and equitable climate actions;
  • Support the ICA team and C40’s Summit team in planning and delivering ICA related sessions, events, gatherings (logistics, scheduling, tracking participation, drafting invitations);
  • Support the ICA team to organise and deliver other ICA Programme activities (e.g developing presentations for city staff);
  • Support coordination and collaboration with all relevant C40 teams;
  • Other duties as assigned.


Person Specification

  • Undergraduate degree in geography, economics, engineering, social or environmental science, political sciences, urban or regional planning or relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated research experience in cities, climate change and/or social and environmental sustainability, with an ability to identify, collate and synthesize information from various sources.
  • Some experience in organizing events, and specifically in providing logistical support.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to relay the ‘big picture’.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proactive self-starter with ability to work independently.
  • Personal commitment to protecting the environment.
  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in additional languages is a benefit.

Application Process Closing Date for Applications

Interested candidates should send their CVs and a covering letter, stating how you meet the criteria, to CoSector. All applications must be received by Monday, 24th June by 5.00 pm. CVs that are not accompanied with a covering letter will not be considered.

Please note that CoSector, on behalf of C40, is managing the recruitment for this role. Please do not contact C40 directly; all enquiries must come through the CoSector's internships team. Any applications sent to C40 directly will not be accepted.

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