CIFAL Flanders: Sustainable Development

CIFAL FlandersSustainable Development Internship with Focus on Sustainable Development Goals, Social Entrepreneurship, Smart Cities and Human Rights

Kennesaw State University, in partnership with CIFAL Atlanta, is offering an amazing and unique opportunity for Kennesaw State graduate students to intern with CIFAL Flanders, a United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-affiliated training center located in Antwerp, Belgium. 

CIFAL Flanders conducts Action Learning trainings to empower leaders in society and to link theory to practice in national and subnational policies, local authorities, trade unions, civil society, academia and businesses.

The power of action learning is built on a process combining theory with practice during an interactive peer-to-peer visit working on real challenges. The focus is to explore the sustainability initiatives of industry and international frameworks, theoretical models and best practices using the knowledge and skills of a small group of executives combined with skilled questioning, to re-interpret old and familiar concepts and produce fresh ideas.

CIFAL Flanders has the ambition to be the benchmark in terms of Action Learning for Sustainability Leadership: innovative and practical learning and training methods for business ethics and sustainability, complementary to existing academic and business school programs, within the business community, government, the society, trade unions, and the academic world.

The intern will assist with the organisation’s strategic and training activities and services. The internship offers a learning opportunity in a small and motivated team for a graduate who is interested in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development as well as in dealing with governments, companies, civil society, the academic world, foundations, and the United Nations.

On the basis of this perspective, the intern will be assigned the following tasks:
· Be jointly responsible for the strategic execution of CIFAL Flanders’ Business plan, including the establishment and execution of Action Learning – training projects
· Review English texts by CIFAL Flanders
· Preparation of documentation and workshops
· Assist office staff during the events organized by CIFAL Flanders and in their evaluation afterwards
· Assist staff with administrative and other tasks as needed

Specific requirements for this internship:
Academic qualification: University degree preferably at Masters level or equivalent in Business or
Public Management, Economic Studies, International Business Relations, Strategic Management, or in any other related field relevant to the themes addressed by the offer.

Language skills: Excellent in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Dutch or French are an asset.

Computer literacy: IT and database management, expertise in Microsoft suite including Publisher,
knowledge of website management and social media are an asset.

Work experience (not required, but does form an asset): corporate social responsibility and/or
business ethics and/or sustainability labelling systems and/or stakeholder management and/or
company foundations; Experience in organizing large events would be an asset as well as experience in international level.

Additional skills/requirements: Excellent analytical and organizational skills, acquainted with Agenda 2030, the United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, good written and oral communication skills, proven ability to work in a multicultural environment, good team orientation, ability to multitask and work independently.


Please contact Serena Newhall, Executive Director of CIFAL Atlanta, to learn more about the application and interview process: Tel: 770-217-5604

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