Agrifood & Biodiversity Intern - Spring 2022

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 95 people who share an ambition for catalyzing a sustainable future. Based in the Netherlands with an increasingly international reach as a company, we work at the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives for a broad range of clients across the Netherlands, Europe, the US, and Asia.

About the internship

Metabolic is looking for an intern to support the Agrifood and Biodiversity sustainability consulting team. This team evaluates and recommends systemic change with the food system and works closely with NGOs, the private sector, and the Science-Based Targets Network. We are looking for someone with experience or demonstrated interest in agrifood value chains, smallholder farmers, carbon accounting, regenerative agriculture, and/or business case development.

The internship focuses on working with private sector organizations to redefine their sustainability 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 role, you will:

  • Conduct and summarize research on how organizations are impacting habitats, biodiversity, land degradation, and water quality 
  • Help to develop models and analyze data on environmental impact within agrifood systems.
  • Help to develop and analyze regenerative agriculture actions and create roadmaps for implementation
  • Establish the business case of companies and farmers to implement different interventions
  • Help prepare research and reports related to food, agriculture, and biodiversity

The position lasts for 5-6 months and starts on February 28th, 2022. The internship requires four to five days of work per week.

This internship provides a stipend amounting to €835,80/month pro-rata (based on 40 hours per week).


An ideal intern has a background in biological/agricultural science or business and a demonstrated interest in sustainability. We’re looking for someone that falls within the following criteria:

  • Excellent English communication skills, including writing 
  • Proven research skills 
  • Experience in Microsoft Office – in particular, Powerpoint and Excel (or the Google equivalents)
  • Background or demonstrated interest in sustainability science
  • Understanding farm economics is a plus
  • Experience with accounting for environmental impacts is a plus
  • Experience with regenerative agriculture is a plus

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Have a residence permit in the Netherlands (valid for working purposes and for the entire duration of the internship)
  • Have a BSN (burgerservicenummer/citizen service number)
  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a relevant degree.

To apply

To apply, please use this form. You will be asked to upload your CV and copy over a letter of motivation. In case of questions, please feel free to contact us through [email protected] 

The deadline to apply is December 6th, 2021 at 23:59 CET.