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Intern, Plastics & Packaging

Published 5 February 2021
Location Geneva, Switzerland
Category Permanent  
Job Type Intern  


Deadline for applications : 19/02/2021

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. Since 1995, WBCSD has been 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.

Job overview

The Plastics & Packaging team is seeking to hire an intern for a six-month period to support the Plastics & Packaging Project . The candidate will be responsible for supporting the team on the coordination of the Project and its five workstreams (Mapping & Converging Initiatives, Innovation scale up, Plastic footprinting & disclosure for companies, Transition roadmaps for B2B chemical products, Policy & Financing)

Specifically, the candidate will:

  • Provide support to the Project Lead and Plastics and Packaging team as needed with research, project and member administration.
  • Coordinate with and support the Plastics & Packaging Communications Lead upcoming presentations, publications and communications.
  • Learn how we operate as a Plastics & Packaging Project, generate ideas of how we can be more effective and vocalize those ideas with the team.


Responsibilities and duties

  • Support the organization of member meetings, workshops, webinars organized or attended by the Plastics and packaging team.
  • Participate in regular team calls and meetings.
  • Manage administrative and logistic needs for Plastics & Packaging to ensure related meetings, events and communications are executed to plan;
  • Create professional presentations for the project to use in communicating to companies and partners;
  • Participate in calls and meetings with companies and partner organizations to learn more about WBCSD, how we work, our relationships with other organizations.
  • Present as necessary insights and recommendations to internal stakeholders.


  • A Master’s degree, or equivalent, in business, environmental science or sustainability.
  • Familiarity with or experience in the plastic, packaging industry, waste.
  • Strong Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel and Word experience.
  • Capacity to work independently, proactively address problems and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and ad hoc demands simultaneously.
  • Thrives when working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment and understands that the ebb and flow of team priorities may require “all hands on-deck” at times.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English are critical, fluency in additional languages is an advantage.

The position is a full-time, 6-month internship position and based in Geneva, Switzerland but may also require international travel. WBCSD is a purpose driven, forward-thinking and action-oriented organization, characterised by diversity of gender, nationalities and work experiences.



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

  • Geneva-based organization with offices in 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
  • International relocation support
  • Sustainable commuting incentives

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