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About us

The mission of Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) is to empower communities in order to redesign our relationship with resources. We campaign for zero waste strategies in Europe and beyond, and support local groups and change agents who have the potential to drive change in their region. Currently, ZWE is the only pan-European organisation specializing in waste issues from prevention to disposal and on local, national and European levels. ZWE is the European chapter of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).

ZWE is an independent, nonprofit association created in late 2013 in the Netherlands aiming to: 

  • Promote zero waste strategies in Europe and elsewhere; 
  • Act as a catalyst for European good practices in the field of circular economy, waste and resources; 
  • Empower local groups to develop community-based strategies for the prevention, reduction, separation, recycling, and composting of waste; 
  • Promote a responsible treatment of waste and prevention of non-sustainable solutions such as landfilling and incineration; 
  • Increase awareness about the health effects of the current economy of waste disposal, and promote non-toxic alternatives; 
  • Promote environmental and social justice.


The Mission Zero Academy, a spin-off of  Zero Waste Europe, will enter a new phase of development  in February 2021. The Academy will make resources and expertise accessible for those working on resource management and circular economy topics. It will provide services and resources which have specifically been designed to help train and support local stakeholders in the design and implementation of zero waste strategies in municipalities and businesses. Likewise, Zero Waste Europe and its member organisations designed a certification system forZero Waste Cities, which will be part of the ZW Academy services. For further information, please read our “When a certification becomes more than just a certificate” blog post. 

About the ZWE Academy

The Academy is ZWE’s knowledge and capacity building hub. Together with our members in Europe we provide local decision-makers with direct experience and knowledge, in order to assist the implementation of zero waste plans and policies at the city level. The Academy gathers tools, resources, online and offline learning opportunities, delivered by the experts who have been behind Europe’s transition towards zero waste so far. It started as a project in late 2018 and enters today in the next development stage with the upcoming launch of Zero Waste Certification & Label schemes and the related need to further structure and develop the Academy. 

About you

You have an interest (and some degree of experience) in the implementation of digital marketing strategies, social media and community-building, and maintaining relationships with customers and experts. You have an interest in environmental topics and believe that municipalities and small businesses are crucial to fully achieve a transition towards a circular economy and the zero waste model. You are comfortable with fast-paced work environments and at ease with rapidly-developing plans. You love creating protocols for recently created tools and ensuring that anyone is able to work with them. You should relish the opportunity to start and grow a project/entity from the very beginning.

About the role

The Digital Marketing Intern will join the Mission Zero Academy coordination team within Zero Waste Europe. They will also be integrated in the general ZWE team as part of the Communications unit, but they are expected to devote their time to the Academy’s marketing and communications activities. They will be managed by the Mission Zero Academy Coordinator and by the Communications Coordinator, and work closely with the rest of the Mission Zero Academy team (which includes ZWE’s Associate Director and the Zero Waste Cities Coordinator). 

You can check out the person specification and the job requirements in the job description.

Location, Compensation and Work Environment

This is a full-time position based in Brussels. The contract will be closed for a 6-month period. The internship contract will be done via the Convention d'Immersion Professionnelle (CIP) under the Belgian Law, with a remuneration based on CIP’s established rates. Due to the CIP requirements and conditions, the selected candidate will need to either live in Belgium or be willing to move to Belgium during the duration of the contract (candidates need to provide a Belgian address). Please note that a valid working permit for Belgium is required for all candidates. We take pride in our ability to support one another's work in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and look forward to introducing the successful candidate to our welcoming and highly motivated team and network members.


Please send your CV, motivation letter with two references (all in English) by filling in the following form: We can only guarantee that short-listed candidates will be contacted. Position remains open until filled. 

Start date: As soon as possible, but no later than mid-January 2021. 

Deadline to apply:4th December 2020, at 23:59 CEST. Interviews will take place via Zoom during w/c 7th December 2020.


Equal Employment opportunity

ZWE is committed to the principle of Equal Employment Opportunity for all employees, regardless of sex, marital status, nationality, religion, age, sexual orientation and any other characteristics unrelated to the performance of the job.


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