Intern-Communications, Energy Pathway

Published 20 June 2022
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Category Fixed-term  
Job Type Intern  


Deadline for application: 11 July 2022

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies.

Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing combined revenues of more than USD $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. WBCSD is uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues.

Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability: with a vision of a world where more than nine billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050.

Guided by WBCSD’s Vision 2050, the Energy Pathway’s vision is a sustainable energy system providing reliable and affordable, net-zero carbon energy for all. The energy system transformation is undoubtedly underway, but the current rate of change and scale of change not rapid and large enough to limit warming to 1.5°C. The energy team is dedicated to addressing this climate emergency as well as the challenges posed by loss of nature and mounting inequality.

Job Overview

The Energy Pathway team is hiring a full-time or part-time (80%) intern for a duration of 6- 9 months. The intern’s focus will be to support the Energy Pathway team in development of communications plans and activities that help position and profile WBCSD as the leading voice of business for energy systems transformation globally. In addition, the intern will support the entire Energy Pathway team with subject specific research, member and prospect research, project management tasks including key presentations, and outreach databases.

The intern will be part of the larger energy team and can expect to work on various energy related projects over the duration of the internship. WBCSD’s work encompass activities that tackle systemic challenges of the energy transition, scale deployment of sustainable energy solutions as well as increase financing for sustainable business models.

Responsibilities and duties

The role will support the development and implementation of the Energy Pathway strategic communications plan, including:

  • Support the writing of news stories, blogs and social media content as well the creation of infographics
  • Draft newsletters to update member companies of the Energy Pathway on on-going activities and relevant events
  • Support media outreach with research and developing briefs
  • Write briefings for the Director for speaking roles in various external events
  • Work with the Communications and IT team to keep the Energy Pathway webpage updated
  • Monitoring and performance analysis of communications activities to provide learnings

In support of the Energy pathway work overall, the intern will also

  • Support the team in organizing webinars, workshops or in-person events with external experts and WBCSD members to widen reach of and interest in published content
  • Research and report on key developments in the energy business landscape
  • Research current and potential member companies
  • Support in keeping the detailed presentation for the Energy Pathway up to date and ready to share with members, prospects and partners
  • Manage member company database
  • Maintain information on relevant global energy events


  • University degree level education undertaking technical and non-technical research and writing tasks
  • Knowledge and expertise:
    • Professional experience or interest in the global energy landscape
    • Experience of writing blogs, articles and summaries for general audiences
    • Knowledge and understanding of developing content for social media channels (Twitter and LinkedIn)
  • Organization and coordination: Capacity to work independently by setting priorities and managing own project and ad hoc demands simultaneously, identify and proactively address problems and work to deadlines
  • Professional fluency in English (written and spoken) is critical
  • Communication:
    • Writes convincingly in an engaging and expressive manner with clear language and in a well-structured and logical way
    • Structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience
    • Proficient user of PowerPoint and able to produce and design professional slide packs.
  • Curiosity to understand the opportunities and barriers for the energy transition and passion to convey this message to diverse audiences.
  • Good team spirit and ability to work effectively with diverse partners/stakeholders
  • Experience of studying, working or volunteering on an international basis (e.g., to deal with different languages, time zones and cultural expectations).

The position is full-time or part-time (80%) and expected to be based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In exceptional circumstances, being based in our other WBCSD offices can be considered.

The WBCSD is a purpose driven, forward-thinking and action-oriented organization, characterized by diversity of gender, nationalities and work experiences.

The work environment

WBCSD offers a competitive, modern, and flexible working arrangement:

  • Geneva-based organization with offices in Amsterdam, London, New Delhi, Singapore and New York City
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • State-of-the-art facilities and ICT-enabled working tools
  • Flex-time and part-time possibilities
  • Dynamic working atmosphere
  • Open culture encouraging interaction and sharing of ideas and opinions

Please also note that WBCSD will only respond to candidates selected for the interview process.