Internship at the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency

DTU Management Engineering
Wednesday 12 Jul 17

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More than half of the world’s population already lives in cities. It is expected that within next 20 years this share will increase to two thirds. Cities consume 75% of world’s natural resources, accounting for more than two thirds of global energy demand and 70% of global carbon emissions from the energy sector. 

To accommodate future population and economic growth, energy use in cities is expected to increase exponentially during the next 25 years, with final energy use for space heating, cooling and hot water estimated to grow by at least 50% globally. This puts cities on the frontline for cutting carbon emissions, making them key to meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goal 7: ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. 

In order to fulfil their role as key actors in energy efficiency projects and policies implementation, city governments need evidence-based advice from the international expert community, as well as information on the best-practices existing in other cities around the world. 

Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency
The Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (“the Centre”) functions as the global thematic Energy Efficiency Hub of Sustainable Energy for All (“SEforALL”), and accordingly works directly to the SEforALL objective of doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. It assists governments towards realisation of their international energy efficiency commitments made in recent years by directly initiating replicable, catalytic energy efficiency projects that give practical demonstration of energy efficiency’s potential, and accelerate action towards global climate and sustainable development goals. 

The Centre works on building the evidence base for energy efficiency, transferring knowledge about best-practices to committed national and local governments, connecting partners and facilitating technical assistance that can help governments and local authorities to develop energy efficiency policy and initiatives that can attract finance; and communicating those models and activities as widely as possible to speed the replication.


Objective and tasks
The main objective of the internship at the Copenhagen Centre is to contribute to development of the evidence base on city-level actions for energy efficiency improvement through development of a number of case-studies for energy efficiency best-practices.

The key tasks to be accomplished during the internship: 

  1. Under supervision of the senior staff conduct desktop research and collect data for the selected cities on energy efficiency actions
  2. Prepare brief written outputs for each of the selected cities in accordance with the template provided by the dedicated senior staff
  3. Prepare any related visual products (charts, photos, infographics, etc.) to support the written outputs
  4. Upload prepared case studies to the dedicated space at the Copenhagen Centre’s Knowledge Management System

The ideal candidate is a Master’s or PhD student or a young professional with a background in sustainable energy, urban planning, public policy or related field with basic understanding of energy efficiency policies, good writing skills and analytical abilities. 

This is an unpaid internship. The internship is to take place between August and December 2017. The intern will be provided with an office space at the UN City in Copenhagen and a supervisor from among the Copenhagen Centre’s staff.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 28 July 2017. Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates. 

For inquiries about the internship, contact Ksenia Petrichenko at   

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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