• Open
  • Closing date: 07 December 2022


The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop and scale technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. The Catch Management team is responsible for what happens with the plastic and other waste after we have extracted it from oceans and rivers. We aim to ensure that extracted waste does not return to the natural environment, and is given a proper end-of-life treatment. This includes waste management, recycling, and valorization of river waste.

Across our portfolio of Rivers projects, we have identified similar valorization opportunities. In this internship, you will support the Sorting & Recycling manager by building knowledge, evaluating opportunities, and proposing implementation plans for various valorization options.

“Realizing the full potential of the waste's value is integral to understanding how we can best create effective business models that support sustainable waste management solutions.” - Ben Mallett, Sorting and Recycling Manager 


  • Conduct (desk) research on topics such as plastic credits and the ocean-bound plastic market
  • Document key insights, such as stakeholder maps, methodologies, and valorization potential
  • Give recommendations on how this could be applied to The Ocean Cleanup river projects
  • Provide the Sorting and Recycling Manager with general support in building knowledge, networks, and expertise across multiple aspects of river waste valorization 


  • Master or Bachelor student in the field of (Sustainable) Economics, Accounting or Business
  • Fluent in English
  • Familiar with impact accounting (experience or knowledge of carbon credit accounting, or experience with plastic credits)
  • Knowledge of waste/circular economy
  • Experience with PowerPoint and Excel


  • You are energized by getting things done
  • You work in a pragmatic way with high accuracy
  • You have excellent communication skills
  • You love to process complex information, summarize, and present key points in a comprehensive way
  • You are confident in interviewing people and presenting your findings
  • Above all, you have an intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal

This internship will last 4 to 6 months. Please mention the potential start date in your application. Our preference is to start ASAP.

Starting from:
Work permit needed:
European Union