The SDG Youth Programme is looking for you

Do you have a bachelor's or professional degree and wish to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Discover our innovative programme for young talent: we offer you the opportunity to gain initial work experience with internationally active NGOs and social enterprises.

5 trainee positions are open for applications, each in a different organisation, partly in Switzerland and partly abroad for a year starting from September.

Why this programme

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

  • Your struggles to gain this initial work experience are exactly what led us – Mercator Foundation Switzerland and cinfo – to create this new programme.
  • We want to offer young people an insight into the professional field of international cooperation, with internationally active NGOs and social enterprises.

The 5 open trainee positions

Your contribution and takeaways

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

As a trainee, you will...

  • develop your expertise and contribute to finding solutions for tomorrow’s problems,
  • discover your own motivation for international cooperation and the SDGs to facilitate your career in this area,
  • learn from experienced colleagues within the host organisation / partner organisations,
  • be able to transfer newly acquired knowledge and skills back to the Swiss labour market and society.
  • be remunerated for your work (paid traineeship)

Are you eligible?

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 haven't yet gained relevant professional experience in international cooperation.
  • You demonstrate a keen interest and motivation to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Host organisations

Find out more about the organisations providing the traineeships: