• Open
  • Closing date: 31 July 2022


In our mission to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, forging and maintaining relations with governments and other relevant stakeholders is essential. The Ocean Cleanup seeks interns to assist the Head of Global Affairs in the discharge of his duties and in his day-to-day work.

It is also an opportunity for students who, in the context of their degree studies or their doctoral research, wish to gain practical educational work experience and deepen their knowledge of international relations and of multilateral treaty negotiations and implementation. Remote internships will be considered.

“We are living a watershed moment for the intersection between plastic pollution and international relations and law. I am looking forward to welcoming an intern wishing to be in the first row to witness such a moment and to work with us in our engagement with International Organisations, Governments, and like-minded institutions." João Ribeiro-Bidaoui, Head of Global Affairs


The interns will:

  • Take part in the preparation of internal and external meetings (e.g., with governmental stakeholders, intergovernmental negotiating committees, etc.).
  • Contribute to the communication of the work of The Ocean Cleanup, assisting with the preparation of presentations and collection of other information according to the needs of the Head of Global Affairs.
  • Carry out research on particular points of environmental law related to the Ocean and/or waste management.
  • Applicants should bear in mind that the nature of the work assigned will generally be a combination of both substantive and administrative work (incl. preparation of travel missions).


  • The internship position is open to those currently studying international relations or international law at the Master's, J.D, and Ph.D. level.
  • Knowledge or interest in statistics and econometrics is an advantage.


  • Able to perform well in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Curious, creative, and determined to deliver
  • Flexible team player
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Intrinsic motivation to work towards our ambitious and meaningful goal


Prospective applicants should submit:

  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A transcript of academic records or statement of academic results
  • An academic writing sample (an excerpt of any of your essays or papers in English)
  • At least one letter of recommendation 

Please submit all required documents as one pdf file.

Please note that candidates are required to be enrolled at a University (Master's/PhD program) throughout the duration of the internship.

If applicable, the internship can be combined with a Master's thesis project.


6 months

Starting from:
Work permit needed:
European Union