APN Secretariat Internship Opportunity for Students

APN Secretariat Internship Opportunity for Master’s or PhD Programme Students

The  Asia Pacific Network (APN) Secretariat based in Kobe, Japan, is looking for interns to join its Knowledge Management and Scientific Affairs Division.

Background and objective of the internship

APN is an intergovernmental network of 22 member countries in the Asia-Pacific region that promotes global change and sustainability research and continuously works towards bridging the gap between science and policy. APN works closely with researchers, members from academia and policy- and decision-makers in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve its goals.

In addressing complex environmental- and global change-related challenges, APN supports regional research and capacity development programmes and its efforts are concentrated in the fields of climate; biodiversity and ecosystems; land, air, coasts and oceans; water-food-energy nexus, risk and resilience;and human dimensions. As a network that places particular importance on capacity building among early-career professionals, the APN Secretariat currently seeks to engage an intern to support the Secretariat in its day-to-day operations especially in terms of knowledge management, scientific affairs, and other areas of operation.

Term of the internship

The internship, in principle, will be based in Kobe, Japan but can be carried out remotely, or a mix of both, in a period from two to six months (ideally three months). The specific period and timing is negotiable. Applicants must clearly indicate the time period that they are available in the application.


The candidate must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • A student of a relevant Master’s or PhD programme, ideally with a scientific background in sustainability science, global environmental change or a related field;
  • Proficient in using Google Spreadsheets, Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft applications;
  • Strong capability in oral and written English;
  • Strong organisational skills and high capacity in meeting tight deadlines;
  • Experience in web content management systems (preferred);
  • Experience in social media communications and audio-visual content creation (preferred); and
  • Experience in writing and editing academic manuscripts in English (preferred);


Under the supervision of the Deputy Head for Knowledge Management, the intern will track, organise, curate and disseminate outputs of APN projects and activities in order for knowledge products and project outputs to be properly documented and communicated to all stakeholders.

The assignment may include the following tasks:

  • Undertake desktop-based research support to verify the quality and integrity of APN’s publication library;
    Review, categorise, and tag new and existing project outputs and deliverables;
  • Support in increasing discoverability of existing metadata by using tools such as CrossRef metadata on existing content;
  • Support in the dissemination of project outputs and the APN mission by gathering and/or drafting creative content for newsletters and social media;
  • Contribute to developing a mechanism for monitoring and collecting reach, usage and feedback on APN outputs;
  • Assist in updating, compiling and organisingrelevant reports, documents and other products related to APN project output reporting and monitoring;
  • Contribute to the networking of early-career researchers and development of early-career professionals inception activities at the APN Secretariat;
  • Contribute to other areas of knowledge management and scientific affairs, as needed.

What APN can offer

The internship offers an opportunity to gain training and working experience with a secretariat of an intergovernmental network and contribute to project management and knowledge management. Overall, the intern’s role will be vital in promoting APN activities and programmes as well as increasing access to policy-relevant outputs and information on global change and sustainability.

The expected benefits of the internship include the following:

Experience working in an international office and with members of a secretariat that uses English as its official language for communication;

  • Opportunity to gain skills in rigorous data and knowledge management and web writing;
  • Opportunity to learn and become up-to-date with key and emerging issues related to global change and sustainability;
  • Opportunity to be trained on key concepts and practical skills in broader areas of APN’s work;
  • Opportunity to widen networks and liaise with scientists and practitioners in the region;
    Internship credit (if required).

Internship arrangements

The intern should work at a minimum of two times a week for a total duration of 15 to 28 hours a week distributed within APN business hours (9:00–17:30, Monday to Friday). Reporting schedule is negotiable with the APN Secretariat.

How to apply

Please submit the following materials by email to [email protected]:

Cover letter including:

Expression of interest and specific areas you wish to be involved in
Summary of your main qualifications
The time period of your availability
Internship requirements of your university, as applicable

Curriculum vitae/Resume

Recommendation letter from your university supervisor
Copy of official/unofficial transcript (optional)
Copy of English proficiency certificate (optional but a plus)
Writing sample for a university course in English (optional but a plus)

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