Post-graduate Internship, Urban Program in Seoul

ICLEI East Asia Secretariat
  • Location
    Seoul, Korea, Republic Of
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Aug 05

Position description

ICLEI is the leading global network of 1,750 cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future. Through our collective efforts, we impact more than 25 percent of the global urban population.

Local and regional governments across the ICLEI network work alongside a diverse team of global experts in 22 offices active across 124 countries while ICLEI East Asia Secretariat is based in Seoul, South Korea.

Together, we address the local impacts of unprecedented global change, from climate change to urbanization, aiming for urban development to have the least possible impact on global systems and to build communities that are people-centered and equitable.

Established in 2012, ICLEI East Asia Secretariat supports the efforts of local governments in China, Korea, Japan and Mongolia in achieving sustainable, low-carbon, resilient, nature-based and circular development.

Post-graduate Internship, Urban Program

This position is based on projects and services, and will be supervised by the responsible Line manager and/or Officer as well as the Regional Director.

Maximum two interns will be selected from this batch, focusing on China and South Korea separately


  • Assisting the design and development of urban programs targeting East Asian cities, especially on low-carbon, resilient, nature-based and circular development
  • Researching and compiling relevant information related to ICLEI urban programs, with focus on air quality, urban resilience, circular economy, and/or other needs based on the latest development of the organization
  • Writing reports, case studies and best practices for cities relevant to ICLEI urban programs
  • Supporting the organization and implementation of project activities and events
  • Communicating with East Asian local governments and partners for program and partnership development
  • Supporting communication database management
  • Translating various materials like website, newsletters, ICLEI case studies, etc.


  • Degree in environmental studies, urban development, energy, political sciences, international relations, or another subject relevant to the position
  • Excellent command of English and Chinese / Korean
  • Experience or familiarity in the areas of air quality, environmental science, climate change or other similar fields
  • Ideally with experience on research activities, basic website management and/or event management
  • Organized working style, creative and pro-active attitude, and excellent communication skills

Terms and conditions 

  • The internship position is available immediately at the ICLEI East Asia Secretariat in Seoul, South Korea. The initial duration will be 6 months with the option of extension.
  • Workings hours: 40 hours per week; 10 days of paid leave for 6 months.
  • Working languages: English, supplemented by Chinese and/or Korean
  • ICLEI offers interns a cost compensation of 1.6 Million Korean Won per month, tax and social insurance fees to be deducted.
  • Applicants must be eligible to obtain the appropriate work permit for the Republic of Korea prior to the start of the position.
  • Start date: immediately

Application instructions

Please submit your job application (reference in subject line: “Urban Program Internship”)  including:

  • Letter of motivation in both English and Chinese/ Korean language
  • CV in English (max 2 pages)
  • Indication of citizenship

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