Catalyst 2030 internship – Catalyst 2030 Awards 2022 Intern Coordinator

18 January 2022 | Careers

Catalyst 2030 – A Global Movement of Social Change Innovators

Catalyst 2030 is a global movement of over 1,400 social entrepreneurs and social impact actors from Ashoka, Echoing Green, the Schwab Foundation, the Skoll Foundation and other global networks of social entrepreneurs. The movement was founded in response to research carried out by the Social Progress Imperative which showed that, at the current pace of progress, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would only be achieved in 2074. Catalyst 2030 members believe that with collaboration this pace can be greatly accelerated, and that by joining forces, greater impact can be achieved in a shorter time scale.

In brief, the movement is operating on every level: local, national, regional and global. It aims to strengthen collaboration across and between civil society, multilateral organisations, social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, impact investors and governments. The goal is to scale up already existing, proven, successful solutions for systemic change and thereby accelerate the impact that will help us reach the SDGs by 2030. Catalyst 2030 offers the Intern the opportunity to work with young people from various countries, and to challenge themselves within the context of a vibrant and growing organisation. The ideal candidate is a masters student or currently graduated with a background in international relations / affairs, international law, international development, social sciences or similar.

Catalyst 2030 offers the Intern the opportunity to work with young people from various countries, and to challenge themselves within the context of a vibrant and growing organisation.

The Innovations Team is responsible for shifting the dominant culture and paradigms working closely with government and civil society to enable structural and systemic change. We are focused on changing consciousness by shifting norms away from a focus on individuality to a belief that individual and community prosperity can be achieved with the same action.

We are currently recruiting for an intern to help with the coordination and development of the Catalyst 2030 Awards. Good communication and social media skills are required.

What are the Catalyst 2030 Awards?

The Catalyst 2030 Awards celebrate allies and facilitators on the journey towards achieving the SDGs. The Awards are an important tool to fuel and accelerate world-changing action.

At Catalyst 2030, we have joined together to pursue big ideas for achieving the vision of the SDGs. As we have done so, we have gathered around us an amazing group of allies who are essential to turning these ideas into world-changing action.

Our annual awards are an important celebration of these remarkable people and organisations. They are the ones who ‘get it’ – in philanthropy, in government, in multilaterals and in business. They understand that many of the traditional approaches to funding social entrepreneurs are not enough. They recognise that new, collaborative, co-creative ecosystems with synergistic approaches to supporting systems change are needed, if we are to truly move the dial on the SDGs.

On Wednesday, 22 June 2022, our second Catalyst 2030 Awards for Supporting Systems Change will once again celebrate the remarkable allies who are making transformational change possible. We want to show our appreciation and shine a light on their innovative best practices to encourage others to follow their inspiring lead. For more information on the Catalyst 2030 Awards 2022 please visit our website.


  • Assist in the development and coordination of the Catalyst 2030 Awards 2022;
  • Create a database of potential awardees;
  • Create and post of social media for the Catalyst 2030 Awards 2022;
  • Creation of promotional material for the Catalyst 2030 Awards 2022;
  • Assist in producing and editing diverse documents;
  • Updating and preparing overviews;
  • Coordinate/support internal and external activities (local or international meetings, travel and other logistics,
  • Drafting and editing of minutes, presentations, partners communications via email or telephone etc);
  • Other ad hoc tasks.

Requirements and Skills:

  • Finalising or towards the end of your studies, with a strong interest in the SDGs sustainability, systemic change and social entrepreneurship;
  • An active interest in global issues and challenges, their complexity and nuances;
  • Proactive in seeking out solutions and pre-empting challenges;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural and global digital environment and demonstrate cultural sensitivity;
  • Proven organisational skills and the ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and across time zones;
  • Interest in and experience with researching;
  • Ability to manage time effectively and adapt to changing environments;
  • Attention to detail and willingness to learn from experience;
  • Desire to work collaboratively in a team, with a positive attitude and ability to rise to challenges;
  • Familiar with platforms such as Zoom, Zoho, Salesforce and social media skills. Adobe Creative Suite is a plus;
  • Event planning and marketing skills;
  • Excellent communication and social skills and the ability to work in a multicultural setting;
  • Preferably available immediately for a minimum of six months (part-time negotiable) with the ability to work remotely.

Our Offer:

  • The opportunity to work with a young and dynamic team in a fast-paced global environment, on-the-job training opportunities and experience within an international NGO;
  • The ability to organise and coordinate personal projects to improve the work of the organisation;
  • 6 month internship contract;
  • Good working atmosphere with a small and dedicated team;
  • An opportunity to work with the world’s most prestigious social entrepreneurs and innovators;
  • 500 euros a month if you are not eligible for any other grants or scholarships.

How to apply? 

To apply, please email your CV and letter of motivation in English to Paula Conaghan at

*Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the internship will be remote*

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