Knowledge Coordinator

Business Studies and/or Management Science, Communication and Information Sciences
16 Dec, 2019 to 16 Apr, 2020
16 Apr, 2020

General information

4 months


Established on Jan’ 2016, Sapient is a project-oriented, social business, and democratic organisation.

We believe that every individual is unique and talented, and has the potential to make a positive change in this world. Here everybody can express themselves and manage their own work.


We want to make a difference and support every idea that can solve the challenges we see in the world and our society. We are young inspired individuals, from all over the world who dedicate themselves to stop food waste, renew democracy, provide local green energy solutions, and help other social businesses in their path to positive impact. 


We have projects for each topic, each with its own goals and team. The teams work individually, but together, with freedom, but with defined goals and responsibilities. Our interns are Padawans , already with power and making decisions.

The opportunity

Sapient is in a phase which requires many tasks to be done simultaneously in order to increase our impact. Anyone who would like to have a more in-depth understanding of social business, social & environmental impact, and participating in a dynamic, proactive and  young environment are welcome to apply for this internship. 

The Sapient team works hard to impact and involve as many people & organisations as possible, thus, there are many exciting daily tasks and we are open for suggestions for new directions we could take. You are very welcome to try your best and obtain the experience you are seeking. We will tailor the internship to you. You will have the opportunity to meet new people and bring onboard to our network. 

Position: Knowledge Coordinator

At Sapient, on the one hand, we acquire a lot of knowledge about the different issues we are facing and trying to solve, such as digital democracy, food waste, social and environmental change, sustainable energy, networking, talent acquisition, and many more. On the other hand, we also acquire knowledge about the way we work, organisational issues, teams and efficiency (or non-efficiency), etc.

Both of these realms of knowledge need to be captured, and the learnings should be organised in a way that will make sure we move ahead and change to the better. For that, we need a person to find a way to do that, find a way to achieve the most possible from our experiences, individually, and as a group/organisation.
More specifically, you will be responsible for organising and collecting all that knowledge and information in a clear, accessible way and putting it together to be available for everyone who needs it in Sapient. With the use of all the Google tools as well as graphics, diagrams and any other ideas you might have in mind, we need you to work on the best way to maintain continuity of the company and its resources in its characteristic dynamic environment.

We would like you to come and try to make this vision a reality.

English is a must

The internship will involve English writing, reading and conversation skills. You need to have an excellent command of English to be able to contribute to the work. In general communication with Dutch entrepreneurs can be done in English.  All communication in the office is done in English as well. If you feel your level of English needs improvement, please take care of that before applying.
We are covering the Netherlands therefore along with English,  any knowledge of the Dutch language is an advantage and will also help you with your social life.  ;-)

Internship duration and working hours:

You can choose the duration that suits you best but we require a minimum of three months. You can choose your own working hours as full-time or part-time as long as you strictly follow the program you set for yourself. Our recommendations are:

Full-time: 8hrs/day - 5 days/week

Part-time: 5hrs/day - 5 days/week

We can always negotiate to decide how long should the internship be and how many hours per day are suitable for you, as well as days per week
You can also work less days per week, which leaves you time to work as well on other projects or ideas you might have for your future, or have an income earning job on the side.


Please Note: This internship platform requires us to put a specific amount of months for the internship but other duration options are also possible with a minimum of two months.


We have no fixed office and work from various places in Amsterdam like the VU (Vrij Universiteit), UVA (Universiteit Van Amsterdam), or OBA (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam), as well as other co-working spaces in the city.

Who do we like to work with

The Sapient team is comprised of people who are punctual, team oriented, goal driven, proactive, and highly motivated to make the world a better place. We require the same from all our team members, so they can fit in this environment we created.

Your work will be mostly on your own or with another intern so you will have to be very independent, self supportive, proactive and outgoing and being able to manage your own time in view of the goals to be achieved. We will have team meetings at least once a week where we try to create a strong team feeling and you will be required to fit into that. We like our Padawan to come with solutions instead of problems.


Depending on your prior skills, the position you applied for, and what you are good at, in combination with what needs to be done and what you like to do, you will be able to earn experience in the following:
Team work, scheduling, decision making, project management, event planning, writing skills in various levels, strategic planning, time management, human resource management, multimedia , social media, and more.

Research and organisation, as well as creativity, an open mind for experimentation, being able to read and understand quickly, and writing skills are probably the most important for this position.


If you haven’t used these yet, you might also earn experience in the following programs/platforms/tools:
ChatWork, Trello, audio/video tools, more than 20 different social media tools, Google services, WunderList and more.


You can also improve some other qualities: self-confidence, results-driven attitude, dealing with complex challenges and teamwork.


Motivation and interest in social entrepreneurship and/or social startups.

Depending on the position you applied for, there are different qualifications required, such as:

  • Research and organisation

  • Comprehension and writing skills

  • Marketing Communications

  • Public Relations

  • Design Skills

  • Media and Communications

  • Entrepreneurial and creative mindset

  • Action-oriented, takes initiative, spontaneous

  • Sociable personality, good at communicating with people and enjoys social activities, bringing people together

  • Skilled at presentations and comfortable communicating to large groups of people

  • Previous experience with posting on social media commercially is a plus (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram)

  • Event Management skills/experience is also a plus

Do you / are you . . . . ?

Believe in a better world; Environmentally safe and friendly; social; passionate about social business and other initiatives in the Netherlands and around the world;equality for all; positive impact oriented, sharing economy promoter; a believer in a fair society; rational; logical; good hearted; make sense; fight food waste; believe in a better democracy; know that every individual can create positive impact?
Yes to all ???  Wow….. then you are more than welcome to join us   :-)

Contact information: 

Please send your CV, a motivation letter, and social media links to:
s[email protected]

Be sure to add the words “Internship application [position]” in the subject header so we can easily distribute your mail to the other team members.




No financial compensation
Years of Experience required: 
English: Proficient User C1
Level of Studies: