Research Intern

Location: Amsterdam
Deadline for Application: 12 January 2020
Duration: 5 or 6 months, 24/32 hours per week
Start Date: Monday 3 February 2020

Organisation Profile
ELIA is a globally connected European network that provides a dynamic platform for professional exchange and development in higher arts education. With over 250 members in 47 countries, it represents some 300.000 students in all art disciplines. Its cross-disciplinary quality makes ELIA unique as a network. ELIA advocates for higher arts education by empowering and creating new opportunities for its members and facilitating the exchange of good practices. ELIA collaborates with partner networks around the world.
Job Description
ELIA is a partner in a Europe funded project called SHIFT – Shared Initiatives for Training, which aims to initiate a shift towards better trained cultural leaders, specifically those of transnational cultural networks, with regards to a number of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From the 17 SDGs, the project investigates explicitly three: SDG 13: Climate Action - SDG 10: Reduce Inequalities - SDG 5: Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.

The project aims to empower cultural leaders with primary skills and competences needed for acting on these goals in the transnational cultural networks they lead while empowering their members to do the same.  
The ELIA team is looking for a Research Intern to be part of the core project team. You will collect and analyse relevant content, particularly in the field of environmental sustainability where ELIA has the project lead. The cultural sector has a substantial footprint (consider large buildings, international touring and cultural diplomacy) – can we provide guidance to cultural leaders for building a future-proof strategy?

ELIA is looking for an enthusiastic, inquisitive and analytical student (or former student) with knowledge and interest in the fields of sustainability, policy and possibly of education, arts or culture. As Research Intern, you must be able to work independently, be a critical thinker and possess excellent organisational skills and attention to details.

The Research Intern will work with the ELIA Team to:
  • Maintain contacts with the project partners, when needed;
  • Collect existing reports, documentation and best practices on the topic;
  • Document bibliography and data;
  • Search for relevant initiatives/projects/activities;
  • Assist in the development and organisation of the project activities and events;
  • Analyse results of the research and write overviews/reports.

  • Higher education qualification, for instance in Liberal Arts and Science (University College, Major in Sustainability), Sustainability (e.g. Global Business and Sustainability, Environment and Resource Management, Global Sustainability Science), Cultural Management, or other relevant degrees;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and (ideally) in Dutch, and/or another (European) language;
  • Ability to effectively communicate and liaise with different groups and cultures;
  • Computer literate and knowledge of Microsoft Office;
  • Self-motivated, pro-active, well-organised, efficient;
  • Experience with research and with conducting surveys is a pre

What ELIA offers
  • A great professional opportunity filled with challenges and responsibility;
  • This work takes you straight into a project that will make a difference;
  • A worthy upgrade of your resume;
  • A monthly internship compensation, on the base of the agreed weekly hours;
  • Fun colleagues and an inspiring workplace in the creative hub A-Lab in Amsterdam;
  • A vast international network in the arts, culture and education world. 

Application Procedure
Please apply in English by e-mail, enclosing a CV and motivation letter to Barbara Revelli, Head of Communications and Membership at by at the latest Sunday 12 January 2020.
You must have a valid work permit for the Netherlands (according to Dutch Labour Law).
ELIA strives to be an equal opportunities employer and to see that the make-up of its staff is diverse and representative of society. ELIA welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds.

NB: Living in Amsterdam is very expensive and accommodation can be hard to find. Please consider this when applying from outside The Netherlands.

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