Biodiversity internship, Berlin-based (2-3 months)

The Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) is looking to hire a full-time highly-motivated individual for up to three months, who is passionate about driving change to join our busy global secretariat to coordinate and support the delivery of our ambitious global strategy and work program.

About CDSB

The Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) is an international consortium of business and environmental NGOs. We are committed to advancing and aligning the global mainstream corporate reporting model to equate natural and social capital with financial capital. We do this by offering companies a framework for reporting environment- and social-related information with the same rigour as financial information. In turn this helps them to provide investors with decision-useful environmental information via the mainstream corporate report, enhancing the efficient allocation of capital. Additional information about the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and our work can be found at

CDP hosts the CDSB Secretariat, and the role will be based in CDP’s Berlin office. Additional information about CDP can be found at

About the role

Working within the global CDSB Secretariat, this brand-new role will work closely with and support the Senior Technical Manager (PM) to provide efficient and effective administrative and project support to the CDSB team. You will have the opportunity to make this new role your own, learning the foundational skills needed for an NGO/business environment, as well as exposure to finance/sustainability reporting. You will be highly organised and will be involved in research, social media/external communications, project administration, grant M&E and process improvement.

We are looking for a results-oriented self-starter with strong interpersonal skills, flexibility and a strong team player. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to play a key role in strengthening the impactful work of CDSB as an organisation that works to build the trust and transparency needed to foster resilient capital markets and contribute to more sustainable economic, social and environmental systems. 

The role is full-time and will be based at CDP’s Berlin office, reporting to the CDSB Senior Technical Manager. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, CDP has a working from home policy in place.

Key responsibilities include

  • Proofreading the CDSB Biodiversity Application Guidance;
  • Supporting in the development of the biodiversity e-learning course;
  • Supporting the preparation of presentations and reports;
  • Organising and administering meetings (internal and external) including agendas, minutes, room bookings and relevant logistics;
  • Providing administrative support for the CDSB technical team;
  • Assisting the team with event organisation i.e. webinars and roundtables;
  • Attending industry-relevant events;
  • Undertaking general administrative tasks such as implementing and maintaining effective electronic filing and archiving systems;
  • Depending on personal interest, conducting small research projects to explore emerging topics relevant to CDSB’s work; and
  • Performing any other reasonable tasks as are requested by the organisation. 

 Required experience and skills 

  • Enrolled student in a Bachelor’s or Master’s program at a German university;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Great organisational skills with ability to manage own time and multitask efficiently, with excellent attention to detail;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (esp. Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in teams;
  • Ability to work independently and precisely under pressure, be proactive and set priorities;
  • Demonstrates a high level of dedication, flexibility and resilience;
  • Highly competent spoken and written English.


Desirable, but not essential: 
  • Strong interest in environmental and social issues and our work; and
  • Social media literate.


What we offer:

  • Exciting and challenging tasks in an international team with flat hierarchies and quick decision-making;
  • 200 Euro per month internship compensation;
  • 7.5 vacation days for the internship period of three months;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Modern office at Sony Centre/Potsdamer Platz with free hot and cold beverages (when working from home requirements are lifted).


Before you apply

The position is open only for candidates enrolled at a German University. The successful candidate will work five days per week in our Berlin office (temporarily working from home) and must be able to work legally in Germany. The internship will last for a maximum period of three months and the intern will work with and report to the respective program manager (PM).


Start date: 1 October 2021


Interested candidates should submit their complete application documents via our recruiting platform. Please attach the following:

  • CV;    
  • Motivation  letter;    
  • References / certificates  

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Please note that we only provide feedback to shortlisted candidates due to the sheer volume of applications. If you do not hear from us within 21 days of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Thank you for your understanding