Agrifood & Biodiversity Interns - September2024

About Metabolic

Metabolic’s mission is to transition the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable state. We advise governments, businesses, and NGOs on how to adapt to a fast-changing global context. Combining systems thinking and data science, we map and understand local and global systems to assess where to intervene and develop solutions that can dramatically shift how the economy functions.

We are an international and dynamic team of around 100 people who share an ambition for catalyzing a sustainable future. Based in the Netherlands, we work at the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives for a broad range of global clients.

About the Internship

Metabolic is looking for three interns to support the Agrifood and Biodiversity sustainability consulting team. This team evaluates and recommends systemic change in the food system and works closely with NGOs, the private sector, and the Science-Based Targets Network. We are looking for three people with experience or demonstrated interest in agrifood value chains, smallholder farmers, life cycle impact assessments (LCIA), regenerative agriculture, business case development, and/or data analytics.

These internships focus on working with private sector organizations to redefine their sustainability and biodiversity targets and develop action plans that have a strong business case for the companies and the farmers they work with. We work with leading NGOs and agrifood companies to conduct impact assessments, develop measurement frameworks and create roadmaps for mitigating impact at different spatial scales.

In your internship, you will focus on one of the following roles:

Role 1: Landscapes Intern

  • Assist with conducting and summarizing interviews and desk research on how agrifood systems and organizations are impacting ecosystems, biodiversity, soil and water quality 
  • Keep up to date on relevant policies and global trends that impact how sustainability initiatives are applied in the agriculture sector
  • Use a systems thinking approach to map and identify drivers and levers within a system
  • Support in analyzing regenerative agriculture actions and create roadmaps for implementation
  • Help prepare research and reports related to food, agriculture, and biodiversity

Role 2: Nature Intern

  • Help to develop data-collection and target-setting projects around biodiversity for food and agriculture companies 
  • Help to analyze company and global data on environmental impacts, using data processing and LCA
  • Draft corporate roadmaps for implementation of these targets (e.g. Science-Based Targets for Nature)
  • Support in creating monitoring frameworks for companies with bespoke biodiversity tracking needs
  • Work together with the consulting and data team to present the results of our findings and our recommendations to corporate clients via presentations and/or reports

Role 3: Data Analyst Intern

  • Analyze company and global data on environmental impacts within agrifood systems
  • Help deliver agrifood projects through LCIA and spatial analysis, including data processing and other related tasks
  • Collaborate with the Agrifood and Biodiversity team on data asset and method development 
  • Help formulate data outputs into clear and actionable sustainability insights

The internships start in the September 2024, and should last for five to six months. They require four to five days of work per week. The internships provide a stipend amounting to €877.59/month pro-rata (based on 40 hours per week) each.


We’re looking for someone that falls within the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in biological/agricultural science, data science, business or equivalent (at least until March 2025 – please mention your expected graduation date in your CV)
  • Background or demonstrated interest in sustainability science  
  • Proven research skills 
  • Experience in Microsoft Office – in particular, Powerpoint and Excel (or the Google equivalents)
  • Excellent English communication skills, including writing (especially for Roles 1 and 2)
  • Experience with data processing and analysis in Python (for Role 3 and preferably for Role 2)
  • Experience with accounting for environmental impacts is a plus
  • Experience with LCIA/LCA is a plus (for Role 2 and 3)
  • Experience with remote sensing data is a plus (for Role 3)

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an internship with Metabolic, the following criteria must be met (non-negotiable):

  • Enrolled for the entire duration of an internship (at least until March 2025 – please mention your expected graduation date in your CV)
  • Have a residence permit in the Netherlands (valid for working purposes and for the entire duration of the internship)
  • Have, or be able to request, a BSN (burgerservicenummer/citizen service number)

To apply

To apply, please upload your CV and copy of a letter of motivation in English via the apply button below. In case of questions, please feel free to contact us through [email protected].

The deadline to apply is 29th of May 2024, at 23:59 CET.