SDG Economics

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Type Consultancy assignment

Position: SDG Economics intern

Oceans of Energy is the first company to design, build, and test a floating photovoltaic energy system at open sea. The challenge of renewables today is the need for large surfaces of valuable land. Our offshore solar system relieves spatial pressure on land and enables even the densely populated coasts to profit from cheap clean energy. The company is now embarking on commercial roll-out.

We are currently looking for an intern to research the economic impacts of our contributions to UN Sustainable Development Goals. In our projects, we see a connection towards most of the SDGs1. We consider this of key importance, however we currently have limited knowledge on how we can translate this to quantitative economic benefits. Therefore, we are looking for a research intern in able to combine economics to sustainability impacts. This requires a team-player, able to work independent, and not afraid of responsibilities. Your focus will be towards benefits on marine life and ecosystem services, therefore a background in (marine) ecosystems could prove beneficial.

The scale-up Oceans of Energy consists of a young and vibrant team complemented with top-seniors from the offshore industry. We offer you an environment in which you can take-up key-responsibilities and develop yourself exponentially. Together with our team, you can make a lasting positive impact and revolutionize the world of clean energy.


Responsibilities include:

Assessing different methods to create environmental value

Develop easily measurable performance indicators

Translate performance indicators into economic value based on existing literature

Identify possibilities to fund SDG-contributions

Collaborate effectively with variety of team members and organizations

Qualifications and Qualities:

Currently Master student in Sustainability-related studies, preferably with a commercial focus and an understanding of (marine) ecosystems

Excellent English language skills, understanding of Dutch/Spanish is beneficial

Startup mentality: enthusiastic, independent, and getting things done with simple means.

Driven, curious and always focusing on solutions

Self-directed, quick learner

Able to perform well in a fast-paced and highly challenging environment

Good communicator

Preference for bachelor or master student Master students
Study MSc Energy Science, MSc Innovation Sciences, MSc Sustainable Business and Innovation, MSc Sustainable Development
Field Innovation, Environmental and Energy Sciences
Length Between 3 and 6 months
Location Valkenburg Airport (located close to Leiden centraal)
Language Other
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Compensation Yes
Application procedure


For more information and applying, please send CV and a short motivation to with subject “SDG Economics intern”

Oceans of Energy

Wassenaarseweg 75 Building #396
2223 LA Katwijk (cycling distance from Leiden)

Contact Faculty of Geosciences
Erika Dijksma