International Cooperation Intern (supporting the Global Solar Council)

We are seeking a enthusiastic and mission-driven person to strengthen our international cooperation team and support the Global Solar Council. If you want to play a role in the global green transition, then this position is for you.

Location:

Brussels, Belgium

Deadline:

1 May 2024

Mission of SolarPower Europe:
SolarPower Europe is a member-led association representing the European solar PV sector. SolarPower Europe’s aim is to ensure that more energy is generated by solar than any other energy source by 2030 and lead our members to make solar the core of a smart, sustainable and inclusive energy system. We are an award-winning association and have over 300 members spanning 35 countries. We aim to support the scale-up of solar energy globally through engaging with policymakers in Europe and emerging markets to reduce the barriers to solar deployment and international cooperation projects. SolarPower Europe works closely with the European Commission on international energy strategy and cooperates with other intergovernmental institutions as well, such as IRENA, IEA and ISA and CEM.

Background on Global Solar Council:
SolarPower Europe currently holds the chairmanship of the Global Solar Council (GSC). The GSC is the voice of the world’s solar energy industry on the global stage, a non-profit body legally registered in Washington DC and representing national, regional and international associations as well as leading solar companies. The GSC unite the solar industries of Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Pacific and represent every step of the value chain from manufacturing to project development. We represent both large-scale solar farms and off-grid standalone solar in parts of the world that don’t have access to electricity, as well as both residential and commercial rooftop solar.


Why do an internship at SolarPower Europe?
Are you an enthusiastic and mission-driven person that wants to support the GSC’s work in communications, business development, and policy analysis? As an intern you will play a crucial role in growing the organisation and managing relationships with our all-important members. You will work in a dynamic environment and be part of a close-knit and multicultural team in Brussels. If you are an ambitious and talented individual, this position is the perfect opportunity to work in a continuously evolving market and develop knowledge of solar PV while strengthening project management skills.


Job responsibilities:
 

Reporting to the Director of Global Affairs at SolarPower Europe and the Strategy and Communications Director at GSC, the International Cooperation Intern will support the work of the Global Solar Council, and the implementation of international cooperation projects in solar PV. The responsibilities of the position include the following:

  • Supporting the creation of deliverables for the Global Solar Council Policy and Projects team, and ensuring full coordination with the SolarPower Europe Global Markets team;
  • Supporting the organisation of, and participating in, project and workstream meetings in the Global Solar Councils workstreams on finance, grid and skills;
  • Documenting and following up on important actions and decisions from project and workstream meetings;
  • Preparing necessary presentation materials and speaking notes for meetings;
  • Supporting the Global Solar Council Business Development and Partnerships team, and drafting of bids for membership, sponsorship, philanthropic funding, international cooperation projects;
  • Building, maintaining, and expanding a strong network in the field of international development cooperation and renewable energy;
  • Contributing to the content and drafting of SolarPower Europe’s quarterly Global Markets newsletter and supporting the Global Solar Council Communications team;
  • Other ad hoc tasks as required, such as providing organizational and logistical support to events, workshops and business trips, and supporting administrative and business operations functions in the Global Solar Council;
  • Experience of working at global level with various cultures would be an advantage.
     


The ideal candidate has:

 

  • A bachelor-level degree in a relevant discipline: International Relations, International Development Cooperation, Economics, Business Administration, Political Science, Renewable Energy or similar;
  • A passion for the energy transition and research & innovation;
  • Some technical knowledge about renewable energy technology, international renewable energy markets, policy, and regulation, as well as international development cooperation;
  • A diligent, result-oriented attitude;
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to meet tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated project management and coordination skills;
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail;
  • An excellent customer-focused approach;
  • Good networking and interpersonal skills;
  • Confidence in using Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
  • Proficiency in English. Fluency in any other language including Chinese, Arabic, French, Spanish,
  • Portuguese or German is an asset;
  • Experience of supporting event organisation is a plus.
     

Our offer:
 

  • A Belgian 6-month internship contract (Convention Immersion Professionnelle) and the possibility to renew the internship contract for an additional 6 months.
  • A competitive remuneration package, including 5 internship holidays (on top of all Belgian public holidays), public transportation allowance, work from home allowance, and lunch vouchers.

 

Solar for all
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are at the heart of our mission to ensure that solar is at the core of a smart, sustainable and inclusive energy system. The more diverse our team, the more unique perspectives and ideas we can share to move this mission forward.


We strongly encourage applications from candidates of all genders, backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures and experiences to help make this a reality.

 

Application:
A CV (maximum 2 pages) and a one-page motivation letter should be sent to recruitment@solarpowereurope.org until COB 7 April 2024 quoting “Global Solar Council intern 2024” in the subject line.


Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.


Note that while we recognise the role of generative AI tools within the workplace, we would like your cover letter to share and demonstrate your unique perspective and approach to the role. For this reason, we discourage over reliance on such tools in your application.


For more information on SolarPower Europe, please visit www.solarpowereurope.org

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