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Internship - Regenerative Agriculture Projects Intern

2020/07/24 Hoofddorp, North-Holland, NL
Are you interested to work in a team who directly engage with our suppliers to help them implement better agricultural practices? Does a global internship which seeks to transform of food systems by tackling an extensive and diverse range of sustainability issues excite you? Then become our next Regenerative Agriculture Projects Intern at our new office in Hoofddorp, starting September 2020. Interested? Apply now!

About the Job

Food systems need to be transformed to be fit for the future. People are increasingly conscious of the environmental and social impacts of their food choices. In parallel, new scientific studies are defining "sustainable diets" that can provide healthy and nutritious food to the growing world population while respecting environmental limits. Regenerative agriculture has a lead role to play in delivering this ambition, by protecting soil, water and biodiversity; respecting animal welfare; and empowering farmers. One of the enablers of this transformation is the Farming for Generations Alliance: 8 leaders from the agricultural value chain have joined forces to create Farming For Generations Alliance.

In this role, you will be part of the Milk and Farming Sustainability Team, a team who is responsible for global Regenerative Agriculture initiatives as set by the  Farming For Generations Alliance to transform our sourcing models towards regenerative agriculture and enable continuous improvement on sustainability. Through supporting this team you will be exposed to a wide and diverse range of agricultural sustainability topics within agronomy including animal and people welfare and the environment. Your main mission is to support the implementation of some of the Regenerative Agriculture initiatives under the supervision of the Milk Sustainability Manager and the Global Regenerative Agriculture Manager.

So, what will be your key responsibilities?

  • Support the implementation of local projects and monitor results for the Farming For Generations multi-stakeholders program (70% of the time)
  • Consolidate the new Regenerative agriculture baseline for Danone and maintain a database of Regenerative agriculture projects across ingredients (Milk, Dairy ingredients, Plant-based, Fruits, Other)

Your personal deliverables will involve:

  • Identification of the most effective way to collect and present key information on a project basis
  • Proactively collecting and analyzing information (for example by interviewing local markets, reviewing literature reviews)

About You

So, who are we looking for? We are looking for a student in a field which gives you relevant skills for the role (e.g. Agronomics, Environmental or Social Science or related). You are confident working autonomously in a complex work environment and are not afraid to communicate with multiple stakeholders. You are a fast learner, thriving in an environment where you can solve problems and be continuously challenged. Furthermore, you have strong analytical skills and have high accuracy and attention to detail.

Next to this, there are a few hard requirements:

  • Enrolled as a Bachelors/Masters student during the whole internship period (if you are a non-EU citizen, you need to be enrolled at a Dutch university);
  • You can start as of the start of September 2020 for a minimum of 6 months (full time);
  • You are fluent in English – written and spoken; 
  • You are able to work from Hoofddorp, the Netherlands if the COVID-19 situation allows us to go to the office.

About Us

Danone’s mission is bringing health through food to as many people as possible and we want to invite people to join the movement for a healthier world. We recognize the power people have to impact the world through their daily choices. Healthy food needs a healthy planet, and this is what our new signature One Planet One Health embodies. Click here to discover more about Danone in the Benelux.

You will be part of the Milk and Farming Sustainability Team with 6 colleagues and will be supervised by Sarah Lockwood, Dairy Sustainability Manager. This small, global team offer a mix of experience to learn from in an environment where autonomy, flexibility and accountability are important values within the team’s culture.

We Offer

Proactivity, empowerment, and diversity are the basis of Danone culture. You will be part of an international environment where every day can be a fresh adventure, full of new possibilities and opportunities to learn.

As our new Regenerative Agricultural Projects Intern you will be exposed to a variety of topics, improving your knowledge of technical and social elements within sustainability. Furthermore, you will learn how to manage and tackle complex projects, and build transferable skills such as how to structure and communicate information. You will have a global scope, giving you the opportunity to work across 14 markets which will help you to develop your communication and stakeholder management skills.

We offer a gross monthly internship allowance of 450 (HBO students) or 550 (University students) euros per month plus reimbursement of home-work commuting cost in the Netherlands when we are able to go back into the office. Please do keep in mind that we do not offer relocation and/or accommodation benefits for students coming from abroad.

What’s next?

You have until the closing date 5th August 2020  to apply. The recruitment process for internships is as follows: Stage One – submit your application with your CV and Cover Letter; Stage Two – we will get to know you better through answering some questions which you will submit through video (or a written) format; Stage Three – we will invite you to an interview with your team. Please note that sometimes there are slight changes to this process.

 To comply with GDPR regulations, we cannot process your personal data without given consent. Therefore, we strongly recommend applying directly via our careers website.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Sophie Thomas
Employer Branding & Young Talent Manager