Circular Cities and Regions Data Analyst Intern - September 2024

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’s Cities & Regions team focuses on supporting national governments, municipalities, global NGOs, and local entities in transitioning to become more resilient. We do so by transforming and regenerating the urban environment into a fundamentally sustainable state where humans, nature and energy are part of a balanced holistic system.

Through our Urban Diagnosis we identify cities and regions weakspots and link them to solutions that have been proven efficient by experience. This scientific or “medical” approach helps us to quickly connect an urban challenge or an early stage problem with an intervention methodology that will yield efficient and adapted solutions.

Working with cities & regions globally and locally, we leverage our integral circular approach that may involve creating an overview of the material flows and identifying insights in a sector, using GIS as a tool for sustainable spatial mapping for city analysis, co-developing circular ​strategy and ​implementation roadmaps and/or monitoring the performance and results of an urban strategy.

As a data analysis intern, you will work within the consulting team and receive as much responsibility as you’re interested in taking on. The role is primarily focused on performing data analysis to support our team. You will get the opportunity to discover what working as a data analyst within our consulting team entails and be able to experience project work for large organizations up close. Your work can stretch to include data analysis, programming, tool development, depending on your personal development goals.

The internship starts in September 2024, and should last for five to six months. It requires four to five days of work per week. This internship provides a stipend amounting to €877.59/month pro-rata (based on 40 hours per week).


We are looking for someone with the following qualifications:

  • Enrolled in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Industrial ecology, Geo-Information Science, Spatial Planning, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management, Urban Systems Engineering or equivalent (at least until March 2025 – please mention your expected graduation date in your CV)
  • Desired skills /experience/knowledge:
    • Skilled in programming for data analysis (Python, Pandas)
    • Skilled in spatial analysis (QGIS or Python) is preferred
    • Knowledge of database management and SQL is preferred
    • Knowledge of version management software (git) is preferred
  • A foundation of knowledge in sustainability, impact analysis, and systems thinking
  • Intrinsic passion for solving global challenges
  • Great research and analytical skills
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and organization
  • The ability to work independently
  • Great team working skills

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Enrolled for the entire duration of the internship (at least until March 2025)
  • Have a residence permit in the Netherlands (valid for working purposes and 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 Wednesday, 29th of May 2024, at 23:59 CET.