Nordregio regularly hosts interns from a variety of universities around Europe. Placements vary in length from two months up to six months, with the exact period and working grade subject to individual agreement.


Internship on sustainable Arctic development

Nordregio is currently seeking an intern with an interest in population trends and sustainable development in the Arctic. The successful candidate will work primarily with the Polar Peoples project and The Arctic Cooperation Program 2018-2021. Polar Peoples is a research project which examines population trends across the Arctic over the past, the present, and into the future, using tools of demographic and geographic analysis to describe temporal and spatial trends in the size and composition of the Arctic populations, examine the causes of these changes, and the implications of these trends for the economies and societies of the Arctic regions and countries. The Arctic Cooperation program provides funding to projects which support sustainable development in the Arctic based on the five P’s: planet, peoples, prosperity, peace, and partnerships.

You should be:

  • Interested in demographic development as it relates to Arctic populations.
  • A reliable and organised individual who can manage outreach and correspondence with stakeholders along with other administrative tasks.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Currently studying in a relevant discipline (e.g. demography, sustainable development, sociology, anthropology, economic geography or similar).
  • Fluent in English and at least one Nordic language (Russian desirable).
  • GIS knowledge is a plus.

What do we offer?

  • Increase your research skills and your knowledge of social and population trends in the Arctic.
  • Gain first-hand knowledge of how an international funding program works to address sustainable development in the Nordic-Arctic context.
  • Develop your research, organisational and communication skills in a dynamic and fun workplace.
  • Be part of an international, multidisciplinary team working on a range of issues related to rural and regional development and urban planning.

The internship will take place from Jan-March. It is a requirement that all Nordregio interns are affiliated with a university/university programme during the time of the internship (i.e. the internship should be part of your studies). Please note that internships at Nordregio are unpaid.

Please note: Due to the ongoing challenges associated with COVID-19, it may be necessary to undertake some or all of the internship through distance working. If this is the case, Nordregio will make sure you have everything you need to perform the tasks and will do everything in our power to make the experience as valuable as possible under the circumstances.

Please address your application or any questions to internship@nordregio.se due to 30 October.


General information

Nordregio welcomes internship applications at any time however the main application periods are as follows:

  • May/June (for internships the following Autumn)
  • April/May (for summer internships)
  • October/November (for internships the following Spring)

Placements vary in length from two months up to six months, with the exact period and working grade subject to individual agreement. The specific skills we require from interns varies depending on our project needs. In general, we look for applicants who are:

  • Reliable and hardworking
  • Comfortable working independently and as part of a team
  • Studying in an area relevant to Nordregio’s work (e.g. sustainable development, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, economic geography, urban and/or regional planning or similar)
  • Able to work proficiently in English and ideally have at least some knowledge of one the Scandinavian languages, Finnish, Icelandic, Greenlandic or Faroese

In return, we offer the chance to be part of an international, multidisciplinary team working on a range of issues related to rural and regional development and urban planning.

Other things that are good to know:

  • The internship should form a part of the studies
  • Internships at Nordregio are unpaid
  • The student is responsible for arranging and paying his/her own accommodation in Stockholm
  • The student’s home university is the responsible authority during the internship period, meaning that the student is not covered by Nordregio’s insurance

Applications, including a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in Nordregio, should be addressed to internship@nordregio.org. The internship team are also happy to answer any questions you might have about the program.

Please note that Nordregio’s capacity to accept interns fluctuates and we cannot guarantee the number of places that will be offered within each period.


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