Young Leaders Program

Global Center on Adaptation
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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.

A tailored educational experience

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.


Take a look at what our previous Young Leaders have to say about the Program


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.

We value diversity in our workplace and encourage all qualified individuals with a diverse professional and academic background, particularly women, to apply. Our aim is to attract and recruit the best talent from any region in the world.


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).

Please apply via our form here. Only complete applications submitted with this form will be considered. Please note that the form does not generate an automatic response e-mail. Rest assured that when you click submit, we have received your application.

Please note that applicants will receive an answer to their application within six weeks of the submission date. Applicants may be invited for an interview (also possible via Skype). Unsuccessful applicants will receive an email notification after a final selection has been made. Candidates may re-apply as long as they still meet the eligibility requirements.

For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact: