Internship digital social innovation for sustainability

Are you interested in the possibilities of (decentralised) digital technologies for social objectives? Digital technologies exert great influence on social organizations and everyday life. The internet can help social organizations but also bring new forms of dependence and power concentration. If you are interested in these topic, we want you on our DSI team!

Waag Society—institute for art, science and technology—is a pioneer in the field of digital media. We explore emerging technologies, and provide art and culture a central role in the designing of new applications for novel advances in science and technology. The organisation concerns itself not only with technologies related to the Internet, but also with those related to biotechnology and the cognitive sciences. Artists, designers and hackers know better than anyone that they must question technology in order to get to the bottom of things, overthrow sacred cows, stimulate imagination and fantasy, create unexpected connections, and—above all—search for meaning.

‘Digital Social Innovation’ (DSI) is a recent field of interest aiming to generate forms of digital innovation that are geared to helping people, especially vulnerable groups and interests such as the environment. Waag Society enters into their third consecutive European DSI program with a topical focus on food, environment and climate change.

Waag Society is recruiting an intern to help deepen and broaden the sustainability related objectives of DSI. We are looking for a graduate student or equivalent with knowledge of social organizations and/or sustainability. You are prospecting a graduation thesis or looking for practical experience next to your academic work. You are expected to divide your time over research and organising activities, expecting that they reinforce each other. The project will involve mapping of ‘green’ DSI initiatives, organising peer learning workshops, identify weaknesses and opportunities, compiling findings into blogs and reports, and coordinating with project partners across Europe.

Potential sustainability topics to focus on are: food systems, climate change, mobility, air/water quality, circular economy.

What we ask:

  • Bachelor degree in social or environmental sciences (or related field);
  • Willingness to engage with social initiatives (or to perform interviews and be part of meetups);
  • A feeling for digital technologies, such as big/open data, maker technology, blockchain, open source;
  • Independent, curious mind-set;
  • Good command of English (spoken & written).

Bonus skills:

  • Experience with co-creation or peer learning workshops;
  • Affinity with policy on a local, national and European level;
  • Good command of Dutch (spoken & written).

What do we offer?
We offer a four to six months internship (time period is negotiable), in which you will work between 24 to 40 hours per week. You will join the multidisciplinary CODE team and work directly with the researchers and designers in the DSI project, both from our organisation, as internationally. Interns receive a stipend of 300 euro a month (based on a 40 hour per week contract).

Applications, with your motivation and resume, can be send to our HR department.
For more information about this internship, please contact Ivonne Jansen-Dings.