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.
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: Political Scientist
Our digital democracy project, Oview, is not an app anymore. The aim of Oview these days is to spread the ideas of digital democracy and the use of digital tools to improve the way our society makes decisions. It could be in different institutions such as companies, governmental, and many other types of organisations & communities. The point is to try and encourage these organisations to become more democratic and for that find the right tool which fits them and help them apply it in their daily work. There are many tools out there, and many communities around the world had successful experiments with good results, as much as failures, and there’s a lot to learn from all of these so as to be able to apply in other circumstances.
You will be the driving force behind the Oview project. Research of new tools, understanding how to use them, and then giving advice to others regarding which one they should use. How this will work is very much open for discussion, the project is waiting for the right person to drive it forward.
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 digital affinity, are very important. You will need to constantly be on top of the new developments in the field of digital decision making tools, and understanding them as well, how they work, what they are good for, etc.
Compiling and organising the results in a useful way, so we can apply them, are very important as well, so you should have relevant skills.
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 skills
Understanding of the digital world
Affinity to technology
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 :-)
Please send your CV, a motivation letter, and social media links to:
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.