ITU - International Telecommunication Union

Unpaid Internship – Climate Change and Circular Economy Intern, Geneva, Switzerland

Job Overview

ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, with the mission to connect the world. To achieve this, ITU manages the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits at the international level, works to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishes global standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communication systems. ITU also organizes global Telecom events bringing together the most influential representatives of government and the private sector to exchange ideas and knowledge for the benefit of all.


Date of Issue: 31 August 2021 Internships

Applications from women are encouraged

Functions: Unpaid Internship – Climate Change and Circular Economy Intern

Deadline for Applications (23.59 Geneva CH) : 14 September 2021

Duration of Contract: 6 months

Type of Appointment: Internship

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Organ: The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) is responsible for the organization and coordination of the work of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) of the Union which deals mainly with ICT-focused development policies, strategies and programmes, as well as technical cooperation activities, to promote digital inclusion and drive digital transformation at community, country and regional levels. To effectively and efficiently serve the needs of ITU members, BDT is organized into four functional areas:

  • Office of the Deputy to the Director and Field Operations Coordination Department
  • Partnerships for Digital Development Department
  • Digital Networks & Society Department
  • Digital Knowledge Hub Department

Organization Unit: The Digital Networks & Society Department is responsible for BDT activities in the areas of spectrum management, network development, cybersecurity, and emergency telecommunications. This department is also responsible for supporting ITU Member States in their transition to digital societies by providing tools and guidelines to address environmental challenges (in particular, climate change and e-waste), and for promoting innovation, ICT applications/services, digital inclusion, and ecosystems, with the ultimate goal to ‘leave no one behind’.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities of the Internship

In line with Resolution 66, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) carries out a number of activities related to waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), or “e-waste” and in the area of climate change.

As part of this work, ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) needs a dedicated intern to support the ongoing climate change and circular economy activities of the Environment & Emergency Telecommunications (EET) Division.

The Intern will work under the direct guidance and supervision of the Circular Economy Coordinator in BDT. The Intern will perform and support the following activities: Promote sustainable development through the promotion of a circular economy in least developed countries and emerging markets-

  • Conduct research on existing policies relating to circular economy in priority countries, focusing on e-waste-related policies, to be compiled in a database;
  • Support the development of new e-waste regulation in least developed countries and emerging markets;
  • Support data gathering on circular economy issues, including in preparation of The Global E-waste Monitor 2022;
  • Support with the preparation of communication materials for stakeholder consultations;
  • Support activities under global partnerships on circular economy, such as the E-waste Coalition and the Circular Electronics Partnership;
  • Assist in the organization of meetings and events together with the project officers at the Geneva HQ and ITU regional offices, in particular in Latin America, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

New technologies for climate change mitigation and circular economy-

  • Conduct research on new technologies supporting least developed countries and emerging markets in climate change mitigation, including through the preparation of a StoryMap;
  • Support content development for activities relating to circular economy and climate change mitigation;
  • Support research on relevant new technologies to promote a circular economy and to contribute to the achievement of SDG12 in least developed countries and emerging markets;
  • Assist in the preparation of trainings and e-learning in the areas of circular economy and climate change mitigation.


  • Experience/familiarity in research, data analysis, and/or public policy development.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and ability to quickly learn new software applications as required.
  • Highly organized and pays attention to detail and quality of information.
  • Effective communicator and prior experience of working in a team.

Qualifications required

Education: University degree in the areas of global environmental governance, climate change, sustainable development or environmental studies, or an equivalent level of education and specialization in a relevant field.

Experience: No work experience required.

Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is a requirement. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an additional advantage.

Additional Information: Please note that a non-remunerated Internship position at ITU does not carry the same conditions of employment as a Short-term or a Fixed-term position. Mandatory Medical Insurance, travel expenses, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the interns or sponsoring institutions

The internship will be carried out remotely. The intern should be able to work full time.

Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for written test. Interviews may be used as a form of screening.

For further information concerning the Conditions of Employment please click the following link

Applicants will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration


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