Nordregio is currently seeking three interns from Denmark, Finland and Norway with an interest in urban planning and urban attractiveness in smaller Nordic towns. The successful candidates will work on an ongoing project commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers called “Small Town Attractiveness” with a group of researchers and interns from a variety of countries. The role of the intern is to assist in covering discussions on urban attractivity in his or her home country as well as conducting a case study on a smaller town. Further, the intern is expected to participate in comparisons of discourses connected to urban attractivity and case studies done in other Nordic countries. The joint work will be published in a Nordregio report.  The interns will work partly from the Nordregio Stockholm office and partly remotely from a Nordic university.

We are looking for students who are:

  • Interested in the many facets of urban attractivity.
  • Studying urban planning and development issues.
  • Familiar with qualitative data analysis, such as analysing research reports and policy documents and writing reports.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Fluent in English as well as Norwegian, Danish, or Finnish.

What do we offer?

  • Increase your knowledge of urban planning in a Nordic context.  
  • Improve your analytical and research skills
  • Develop your research, organisational and communication skills in a dynamic and fun workplace
  • Opportunity to work under supervision and support of a senior researcher
  • Be part of an international, multidisciplinary team working on a range of issues related to planning and regional development.

The internship will be approximately 2-3 months fulltime (or equivalent part time) and should be undertaken sometime between August 2023 and January 2024. 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, but travel expenses within the project can be reimbursed.

The internship is for the most part distance based, with regular onsite visits at Nordregio’s beautiful office in Skeppsholmen, Stockholm. After an introduction at the Stockholm office, interns are expected to participate in weekly online project meetings and at least two 1-2-day physical meetings in Stockholm. The physical workshops in Stockholm are meant to gather all project participants to enable discussions on project progress and results. Interns will also get assistance in their work in their home country by physical visits by other project members, for example in connection with interviews and visits to case study towns.

Please address your application or any questions to with the subject “Internship application – Autumn 2023 – urban attractiveness”. Applications close June 15, 2023.