Internship - Sustainable Development Goals (research & communication)

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Internship - Sustainable Development Goals (research & communication)
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Earth System Governance International Project Office at Lund University
Lund, Sweden
January 15, 2014


Internship Announcement

To supports its research and communication efforts on Sustainable Development Goals, the Earth System Governance International Project Office is seeking interns for periods of up to 3 months starting between March 2014 and December 2014.

Earth System Governance

The Earth System Governance research alliance is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. Its international research programme takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance systems –

The Earth System Governance International Project Office is hosted at Lund University, Sweden. It’s core functions include initiation, coordination, implementation and administration of research, as well as capacity building, network development, event management, communication and outreach, and project administration, accounting and fundraising. The International Project Office is administratively integrated in the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS).

Research on Sustainable Development Goals

At the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”), the UN member states decided on developing “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDG). The goal setting and implementation processes, and the development of the goals and their indicators pose a challenge to policy-making and to research.

The Earth System Governance Project, jointly with partner organizations is taking up this challenge. The research on SDGs is coordinated by the Earth System Governance Tokyo Research Center, which is co-organized by Tokyo Institute of Technology and UNU-IAS, with funding from the S-11 research project entitled Project On Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015 (POST-2015) of the Ministry of Environment, Japan.

The aim of this 3-year project is to provide inputs into the policy process on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, with particular focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), based on rigorous scientific analysis on the governance of, and governance for, the Post 2015 Development Agenda, which includes longer-term philosophical and normative underpinnings to SDGs.


The intern will support the International Project Office in the following:

  • Providing research support to the SDG related earth system governance research efforts;
  • Providing administrative support to SDG related activities;
  • Providing editorial support to SDG related publications, including technical reports and scientific articles;
  • Maintaining a SDG research and policy website (in development), including acquisition and editorial preparation of relevant content;
  • Communicating SDG related research and policy activities via the external and internal earth system governance communication channels including social media;
  • Undertaking other tasks and duties related to SDGs as directed by the Executive Director.

The intern will have the opportunity to spend up to 50% of working hours on independent research explicitly related to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  Depending on interest and qualifications, independent writing of blog-entries, op-eds or other communication on SDGs could be possible.


  • Graduate student in a relevant social science discipline. A background in communication studies or development studies is an advantage;
  • Strong interest in and preferably previous work experience or studies related to SDGs and the Post-2015 Development Agenda;
  • Excellent English language skills (orally and in writing). Additional languages, in particular Swedish or Japanese are an advantage;
  • Good communication skills. Experience with website content management and social media communication is a strong advantage;
  • Ability to work independently and structured;


Interns will report to the Executive Director of the Earth System Governance Project. Additional academic supervision by a senior researcher from the global Earth System Governance network could be provided depending on profile and interests if the internship is combined with research (e.g . master thesis).

The internship will be at least 20 hours per week with duration of at least 6 weeks and maximal 3 months between March 2014 and December 2014.

Unfortunately no remuneration can be offered, except for directly related expenses, for example for travel from and to Lund.


Please send your application consisting of a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, and any other information you consider relevant combined into a single document (preferably pdf) to Please indicate in the letter the preferred starting date and duration for the internship. Applications are welcome on a rolling basis.