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Application Deadline: 7 May 2023

SDG Youth Programme

With a bachelor’s or professional degree in hand, get your first work experience with an international NGO or social enterprise.

Do you often think about how your actions can drive systemic change? Have you ever wondered how international NGOs and social enterprises work to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

In 2023, the SDG Youth Programme is offering five one-year trainee positions, each in a different organisation, partly in Switzerland and partly abroad.

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About the SDG Youth Programme

The SDG Youth Programme was designed by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland in collaboration with cinfo. It aims to offer students and aspiring professionals the opportunity to gain initial exposure and work experience with an NGO or social enterprise active in international cooperation (IC).

Selected candidates are given the opportunity to work on new topics and innovative projects for one year, both in Switzerland and in an office abroad (or with a partner organisation of the host organisation). During this time, the young professionals can explore their motivation to follow a career path that allows them to contribute to the SDGs. At the same time, they can transfer the knowledge and skills they have acquired to the Swiss labour market. The career development of the successful candidates is at the heart of the programme.

SDG Youth Programme

Why the SDG Youth programme

Do all the jobs you apply for require experience, even entry-level ones?

Your difficulties in gaining first work experience are exactly what motivated us, the Mercator Foundation Switzerland and cinfo, to create the SDG Youth programme. We want to offer young people an insight into the professional field of international cooperation, with international NGOs and social enterprises.

Take this opportunity to…

  • Develop your expertise and contribute to finding solutions to current and future challenges,
  • Discover your own motivation for international cooperation and the SDGs,
  • Facilitate your future career in this field,
  • Learn from experienced colleagues within the host organisations,
  • Transfer newly acquired knowledge and skills back to the Swiss labour market and society,
  • Be remunerated for your work (paid traineeship).

Open positions – Apply by 07 May 2023

PositionHost organisationLocation
Agroforestry & Reforestation Trainee
Job details
CEASFirst month in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, then 10 months in Toamasina, Madagascar
Trainee Green Skills & Jobs
Job details
SwisscontactFirst 2-3 months in Zurich, Switzerland, then 9-10 months in Maputo, Mozambique
Sport & Play Project and SDG Impact Measurement Trainee
Job details
SA4DFirst in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland, then in Lira, Uganda
Trainee: Change Action Promotion in solid waste management
Job details
Skat FoundationFirst month in St Gallen, Switzerland, then 6 months in Bogota, Colombia, then 5 months back in St Gallen
Climate Resilience and Energy Management Trainee
Job details
IDE-EFirst 6 months in Lausanne, Switzerland, then 6 months in sub-Saharan Africa

Minimum requirements for the SDG Youth Programme

  • The SDG Youth Programme is open to Swiss nationals or C permit holders.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree (university or FH/HES), or an advanced federal diploma of higher education, or a federal diploma of higher education.
  • You don’t yet have any relevant work experience in international cooperation.
  • You have a strong interest and motivation to contribute to the SDGs.

Any questions?

Get in touch

Roman Twerenbold, cinfo

Programme Coordinator

+41 32 365 80 02



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