Catalyst 2030 Internship: Systems Learning Team Learning Intern

17 March 2023 | Careers

Would you like to be part of a global movement of changemakers?

Catalyst 2030 is a global movement of more than 1,600 social entrepreneurs and social impact leaders from Ashoka, Echoing Green, the Schwab Foundation, the Skoll Foundation and other global networks of social innovators. The movement was founded in 2020 in response to research carried out by the Social Progress Imperative which showed 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 accelerated. By joining forces, greater impact can be accelerated.

The network operates locally, nationally, regionally and globally. It aims to strengthen collaboration across and between civil society, multilateral organisations, social enterprises, impact investors, business and governments. Our goal is to scale up existing, proven, successful solutions for systemic change and thereby accelerate the impact that will help to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

About the Systems Learning Team

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 movement. The ideal candidate is a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree student or someone who recently graduated with a background in international relations / affairs, international law, international development, social sciences or similar. See all current opportunities here.

The Systems Change Learning Team was established in early 2021 to stimulate an ongoing evolution of a learning ecosystem by and for social innovators. Our primary goal is to provide rich opportunities for shared learning and create a collective learning community to inform best practices. The team works closely with social entrepreneurs and innovators, governments and civil society to shift the dominant culture and paradigms to enable systemic change. To learn and teach how to achieve this change, the systems learning group develops the monthly Catalytic Systems Learning Series, focusing on diverse topics, building the Catalyst Academy certification programme and curating resources.

The Systems Change Learning Working Group recognises the complexity of systems change and brings together academics and social entrepreneurs to promote a sustainable culture of systems change, while advancing research, informing curricular offerings and influencing practice, education and policies.


  • Leading and coordinating systems change learning events and programmes as part of the Systems Change Learning Series
  • Overall project management including organising events focused on systems change learning involving social entrepreneurs and their peers, as well as events featuring academic researchers speaking on topics that will assist the growth and scale of social ventures
  • Contributing to academic research projects undertaken in collaboration with various groups and partnerships within Catalyst 2030
  • Contributing to the development of the Systems Change Learning Working Group in collaboration with the co-chairs and supporting member needs
  • Supporting monthly group meetings at different stages, from calendar planning and agenda setting to taking minutes and sending follow-up emails
  • Assisting with the development of the Catalyst Academy certification programme
  • Contributing to the creation of documents and training materials for events and learning programmes
  • Creating, editing and updating documents for various group purposes
  • Coordinating relations with members within the Catalyst 2030 network
  • Working as an active member of the Systems Learning team, supporting the work of other teams when needed across the Catalyst 2030 Secretariat
  • Assisting with projects, including organising events focusing on systems change learning involving social entrepreneurs and their peers, which may include internal events like Catalysing Change Week or external partner events
  • Other ad hoc tasks

Requirements and Skills

  • Interest in communications, collaborations, event organising and project management Significant involvement in coordinating and running virtual events and programmes
  • Interest in and experience in research preferable
  • An active interest in global issues and challenges, their complexity and nuances
  • Preference for graduate degree completion and 1-3 years experience
  • Proactive in seeking out solutions and pre-empting challenges
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven organisational skills and the ability to work independently and within a team in a fast-paced environment and across time zones
  • Flexible, with an open mind and easily able to adapt to new tasks at short notice
  • Ability to manage time effectively and adapt to changing environments
  • Attention to details and willingness to learn from experience
  • Desire to work collaboratively in a team, with a positive attitude and ability to rise to challenges
  • This position is remote and can be carried out from most regions that have some overlap with CET working hours (minimum of four hours per day with EST)
  • Fluency in English, and preferably one other UN language
  • Ability to work with cultural sensitivity in a multicultural and global digital environment
  • Hands-on attitude, flexibility and willingness to help if required

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 movement
  • The ability to organise and coordinate personal projects to improve the work of the organisation
  • Six month internship contract, preference for full time but some part-time opportunities available for the right candidate
  • Good working atmosphere with a small and dedicated team
  • An opportunity to work with the world’s most prestigious social entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Small stipend a month if you are not eligible for any other grants or scholarships


Current applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, typically Fall, Winter, and Summer internships. We interview and accept interns on a regular basis. Interns are employed full-time for six months.

How to apply

To apply, email your CV and letter of motivation in English to the Systems Learning Team at

Respond to the following points in your motivation letter

  • Describe your background or experience (if applicable) in working towards attaining the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. How can you transfer this experience to the Catalyst 2030 network?
  • Distinguish your past or current working experience (internships / traineeships / projects) where you took the lead on a project.
  • Do you communicate easily with people? Are you a team player or individual contributor to solving problems? Characterise your approach and give relevant examples.
  • Provide details of any experience you have working with social entrepreneurs or changemakers in society.
After the COVID-19 pandemic we adopted a distributed organisational model with the ability to hire a diverse team, while in-office work activities are available to those living close to our main office in Harlem in the Netherlands.

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