Apply for these 4 amazing opportunities to boost your career this winter

Events, Features

Vol. 25, Issue 12, 20 January 2023

It takes one good internship, trip abroad or a course with like-minded people to change the trajectory of your career for the better. 

It’s me again with some goodies for your professional development. My name is Daria Chekalskaia and I graduated Xamk as an environmental engineer. Now I work at Edufication, consult international companies (such as the World Bank) and develop my career in the international arena by building my capacity and attending high-level conferences.

Over the years, I gathered many insights for career applications, hundreds of useful links and tons of resources. As part of my engagement with Xamk’s Talent Boost project, this time I would like to share with readers of Insider some opportunities that are available for you right now.

1️⃣ Changemakers for the Planet – program

🌎 Location: online and Berlin, Germany 

💸 Expenses: online program is free, there are partial and full scholarships to cover transportation to Berlin 

🔞 Restrictions: 18 – 35 years old

🗓 Duration: 6 weeks

Deadline: January 15, 2023

Through ‘Changemakers for the Planet’ we connect, support and amplify the work and voices of hundreds of young changemakers, activists and innovators from all regions of the world who address the planetary crisis

Program structure:

Summits. The programme in each region starts with an in-person summit, convening 25 participants for an intensive 5 days in a beautiful location in nature. The gathering is designed to forge deep connections, foster wellbeing, and enable peer learning and meaningful collaborations

Capacity building and Collaborative Funding.The participants from each region then join a tailored online capacity building program covering various different topics, including how to avoid burnout, fundraising, systems change strategies and more. They also get access to funding for collaborative effort

Community. Finally, everyone becomes a lifelong member of the global ChangemakerXchange community,  including access to resources and regular opportunities to connect, learn and co-create.


• You are the founder/co-founder, leader/co-leader, manager/co-manager (or hold an influential position with decision-making power, e.g. intrapreneur) of a social/environmental venture/organisation which is up and running and addresses the planetary crisis.

• You must have a command of English

❄️ More info

2️⃣ AirMiners Boot Up or 6-week sprint to rapidly learn carbon removal 

🌎 Location: online 

💸 Expenses: course is free

🔞 Restrictions: no

🗓 Duration: 6 weeks

Deadline: next round of Boot Up begins the week of January 30th, 2023 (and repeats every 6 weeks)

Boot Up is an amazing opportunity to meet people all around the world who are interested in understanding carbon removal and learn together using the best educational resources.There are no experts or instructors to guide group discussions. Its structure is more similar to that of a book club, where participants all prepare by reading material before the meeting, and come together with their own unique experiences and backgrounds. Learning, exploring, and growing happens collectively!

Meeting themes:

• Meeting 1: Intro (CDR Bigger Picture and Scale)

• Meeting 2: Soils

• Meeting 3: Forests

• Meeting 4: Biomass CDR (BECCS, Biochar, and Beyond)

• Meeting 5: DAC 

• Meeting 6: Mineralization and Geologic Sequestration

• Meeting 7: Carbon Utilization

• Meeting 8: Coastal Blue Carbon, Marine Permaculture

• Meeting 9: Enhanced Ocean Alkalinity and Inorganic Ocean CDR

• Meeting 10: Carbon Markets and CDR Purchases

• Meeting 11: Reflections and Next Steps

Boot Up Structure:

• 11 group meetings total

• 2 group meetings per week for 6 weeks

• Each meeting is 1 hour long

• On meetings you discuss what you learn with others in your team of up to 10 participants

❄️ More info

3️⃣ The World Bank Internship Program for Master’s students

🌎 Location: Washington DC, the USA

💸 Remuneration: The WB pays an hourly salary to all Interns and, where applicable, provides an allowance toward travel expenses up to USD 3,000

🔞 Restrictions: no age limit 

🗓 Duration: minimum of four weeks, May-September 2023

Deadline: January 31, 2023

The Bank Internship Program (BIP) offers highly motivated individuals an opportunity to be exposed to the mission and work of the World Bank. The internship allows individuals to bring new perspectives, innovative ideas and research experience into the Bank’s work, while improving skills in a diverse environment. In addition, it is a great way to enhance CVs with practical work experience. 

Internship fields

• environment

• natural resources management

• agriculture 

• urban planning 

• economics, finance

• human development (public health, education, nutrition, population)

• social sciences (anthropology, sociology)

• private sector development

• and others


• Candidates must have an undergraduate degree and be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program (pursuing a master’s degree or PhD with plans to return to school full-time)

• Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of languages such as: French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, and Chinese is desirable

• Other skills such as computing skills are advantageous

❄️ More info

4️⃣ ESC-volunteering on a sustainable farm in Portugal (you can sign it off as an internship as well!)

🌎 Location: Arrimal, Portugal

💸 Expenses: organisers provide food and accommodation, as well as reimbursement of travel expenses

🔞 Restrictions: 18-30 years old 

🗓 Duration: 4 week during the period 01/04/2023 to 31/07/2023

⏰Deadline: as soon as possible 

This project aims to teach good environmental practices in a rural setting and a protected area. The project developed in harmony and cooperation with the local community allowing to know the traditions and the local culture. Activities during the program allow for interaction between the volunteers and the local community through simple tasks performed by volunteers, which develop sustainable agricultural practices and livestock production. 


• work on composting system

• production of farm products (biological)

• feeding the animals

• maintenance of fences and stables

• participation in local campaign actions of cleaning forest

Training during the activity:

• Portuguese language 

• agriculture, beekeeping, animal husbandry

• recycling and reuse of materials


• strong interest of nature

• motivation to work with an international team

• an attitude of participation and team work spirit

❄️ More info

Daria Chekalskaia,
Production Assistant,
Environmental Engineer