Intern — Biodiversity in Business Strategies and Management

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    Dresden, Germany
    UTC +1
    Open until position is filled

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    Biodiversity in Business Strategies and Management

    Biodiversity is degrading at an alarming rate. Business models rely on biodiversity and ecosystem services yet, business practices can negatively impact biodiversity. The aim of this project is to conduct a literature review and explore how business can integrate biodiversity and provide solutions to better protect biodiversity as well prevent further degradation.


    Under the overall authority of the Director of UNU-FLORES and under the direct supervision of the Partnerships & Liaison Officer the intern will carry out the following tasks:

    • assist the development of the research topic
    • conduct a literature review related to the topic
    • assist with policy research
    • assist with data collection and statistics
    • assist with editing publications
    • contribute to the writing of policy briefs, reports, and publications
    • assist with the logistical organisation of strategic events, workshops, and conferences
    • perform other duties as assigned by the Director or the supervisor

    Interns are also welcome to take part in seminars, brunches, workshops, conferences, and other events organised by UNU-FLORES while completing the internship.

    Required qualifications and experience

    Required qualifications and experience include:

    • the candidate must be currently pursuing, or has recently graduated from postgraduate studies, or is in the final year of a bachelor’s degree in the field of ecology, biodiversity research, environmental sciences, biology, economic, business, management, or a related field
    • a profound knowledge of the literature related to the topic would be advantageous
    • proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and visualisation techniques
    • knowledge in biodiversity research, ecosystems and functions would be an asset
    • proficiency in oral and written English is required, knowledge of other official UN languages or German would be an asset

    Competencies include:

    • results-oriented
    • quality orientation
    • creativity
    • teamwork
    • ability to work within agreed timelines

    Important information

    Please note that interns are not financially remunerated. Selected candidates have the responsibility of arranging their own travel, accommodation, and cost of living.

    UNU-FLORES accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Interns will be requested to show proof of insurance when commencing the internship.

    The purpose of the internship is not to lead to further employment with UNU-FLORES but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

    UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply and become part of the organisation.

    UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.


    The successful candidate shall be based at UNU-FLORES in Dresden, Germany on a full-time basis (40h per week) for a period of 3-6 months. Part-time applications will be considered under exceptional conditions.

    Starting date

    As soon as possible.

  • Interested applicants should submit their applications by email to

    Applications must include the following documents in English:

    1. A cover letter
    2. A curriculum vitae
    3. A completed and signed internship application form downloadable from the UNU-FLORES website; please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
    4. Please insert the following reference number in the subject (2020/UNU/FLORES/INTERN/BIO/19)

    Shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and unsuccessful applications will be notified. If you have any questions concerning the application procedure, please contact us at