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Vacancy: Systems Learning Intern (Initiatives Focused)

15 September 2023 | Careers

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

Catalyst 2030 is seeking a Systems Learning Intern with a focus on Systems Learning

Launched at the World Economic Forum in January 2020, Catalyst 2030 is a global community of social entrepreneurs, funders and other social change innovators who believe collaborative action and bold, new strategies are needed to address the crises of our time.

Joining forces with communities, governments, businesses, funders and others, Catalyst 2030 members are working toward changing systems at all levels. Cumulatively, members have already impacted the lives of millions, often with limited resources. Together, we envision the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for all.

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 organisation. The ideal candidate is a masters student or has graduated with a background in international relations / affairs, international law, international development, social sciences or similar.

The Systems Change Learning team stimulates an on-going evolution of a ‘learning ecosystem’ from and for social innovators. Our primary goal is to provide rich opportunities for shared learning and nurture communities of practice to shift the dominant culture and paradigms and enable structural and systemic change. Our team works closely with social entrepreneurs and innovators along with government, civil society and academics.

With the complexity of systems change, the team 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. To learn how to achieve this change, the systems learning group develops Systems Learning Series on diverse topics, builds communities of educators through Academic Hubs, is preparing to launch the Catalyst Academy certification programme, influences and supports research in the field and curates knowledge and resources.


  • Supporting the development of the Social Change Innovators online knowledge resource portal, systems change learning materials and materials for collaborations
  • Assisting and supporting the Social Change Innovators collaboration including group meetings from calendar planning and agenda setting to taking minutes and sending follow-up emails
  • Assisting in mapping the Social Entrepreneurship ecosystem through research and partnerships and contributing to integrating member and partner research with the Social Change Innovators platform
  • Coordinating and/or supporting systems change events and workshops as part of the Systems Change Learning series and Masterclasses
  • Co-leading the engagement and operations for the Academic Hubs, a community of educators and researchers in one or two regions
  • Contributing to academic research projects undertaken in collaboration with various groups and partnerships within Catalyst 2030
  • Assisting with the development of the Catalyst Academy certification programme
  • Creating, editing and updating documents for various group purposes
  • Managing relationships with collaborators contributing to the Systems Change Learning, including educators, researchers, systems practitioners and other learning partners
  • Being an active part of the Systems Learning department, supporting the work of other teams across the Catalyst 2030 Secretariat when needed
  • Assisting with some organisation-wide events, like Catalysing Change Week or external partner events, like the Social Enterprise World Forum
  • Other ad hoc tasks

Requirements and Skills

  • Proven organisational skills and the ability to work independently, as well as within a team, in a fast-paced environment and across time zones
  • Interest in communications, collaborations, event organising and project management
  • Interest in and experience with research are 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
  • Attention to detail and willingness to learn from experience
  • Desire to work collaboratively in a team, with a hands-on, positive attitude and ability to rise to challenges
  • Fluency in English, and preferably another UN language
  • Ability to work in a multicultural and global digital environment, with cultural sensitivity
  • Flexibility and the ability to easily adapt to new tasks and assignments that might be given at short notice

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 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

Internship start date

1 November 2023 for six months


After COVID, we adopted a distributed organisational model with the ability to hire a diverse team. In-office activities, in Haarlem in the Netherlands, are available to those living close to the main office.

This position is remote and can be carried out from most regions that have some overlap with CEST working hours (minimum of 4 hours per day with CEST).


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the role will remain open until filled.

How to apply

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

Include the following in your motivation letter

  • Your background and experience (if applicable) in working towards the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Your past or current work experience where you took the lead on a project if you have
  • Your character strengths, with examples
  • Any relevant experiences with social entrepreneurs

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