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Location: London
Position: Events
Salary: London Living Wage
Date Posted: 28 September 2017
Vacancy Type: Graduate Internship
Job Description:
Recruitment has opened for a 6-month part-time paid Internship role with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The successful intern is expected to start in November 2017 and will be based in their London Office.
*Please make sure you submit you CV and Cover Letter as one document**

The Company

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 12th year, connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities which have committed to tackling climate change. We bring mayors from around the world together to learn from each other in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating resilient, sustainable and low carbon cities. C40 cities represent more than 650 million urban citizens and their economies account for 25% of global GDP. Our recent ‘Deadline 2020’ report sets out the critical role that the world’s major cities have to play in delivering the historic Paris Agreement to prevent catastrophic climate change.

C40’s growing team of 100+ staff is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations. C40 has an operating budget of c.$25m per year and is primarily funded through the generous support of philanthropic foundations.

The strategic direction of the organization is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors, which is chaired by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board of Directors, which is responsible for operational oversight. An eight person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40.

The Role

The successful intern will support the work of the C40 Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI) Events and Projects Officer to organise the 2018 Financing Sustainable Cities Forum and, as necessary, any additional workshops and events within the duration of the internship). As such, the successful candidate will help to engage C40 member cities, state and national governments, financial institutions, and the private sector in the work of C40 and of the FSCI.

If selected, working a 20-hour week, s/he will have the opportunity to develop skills and understanding in a range of subject areas, gaining valuable experience working with international colleagues in a fast-paced and exciting global organization.


The responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Working with the FSCI Events and Projects Officer to plan and deliver the 2018 Financing Sustainable Cities Forum (and any additional events/workshops within the internship period). This will include supporting the team in arranging event venues, catering, audio-visual equipment, translation services, branded collateral and on the ground support during the event(s);
  • Creating and maintain organisational tools, such as databases, and support the FSCI team in tracking invitations, responses and external communications;
  • Drafting event related content including, but not limited to, briefing documents, slide decks and communication materials;
  • Supporting the FSCI Events and Projects Officer in coordinating travel for speakers, city officials, C40 staff, and technical experts. This may include booking flights and handling ad hoc requests for information from event attendees, city officials and experts;
  • Assisting on the ground to manage smooth delivery of events;
  • Supporting post-event liaising with technical experts and suppliers to arrange invoice payment and expense reimbursement, uploading content to C40 web platforms, contributing to outcomes reports, and preparing written guidance for future events. 

Person Specification

  • Passionate about the mission of C40, with a strong interest in helping cities overcome their sustainability challenges;
  • Demonstrable experience and interest in events planning and execution;
  • Effective communicator and collaborator who can work well in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment;
  • Highly organised, detail-oriented and able to successfully manage multiple overlapping tasks;
  • Effective written and oral communication in English. Other languages spoken in C40 cities are also desirable, particularly Spanish. International experience, particularly working across different cultures, languages and time zones is also desirable;
  • Utmost discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive information;
  • Willingness to travel internationally and occasionally work non-standard hours if required.

Application Process Closing Date for Applications

Interested candidates should send their CVs and a covering letter, stating how you meet the criteria. All applications must be received by October 12 2017 by 5.00 pm. CVs that are not accompanied with a covering letter will not be considered.

Please note that CoSector, on behalf of C40, is managing the recruitment for this role. Please do not contact C40 directly; all enquiries must come through the CoSector's internships team. Any applications sent to C40 directly will not be accepted.

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