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Internship Innovation & Society with focus on «Sustainability» (6 to 9 months)

We look forward to receiving your application by 22 October 2023.

Please send it to


It should include your CV and a motivation letter or video (approx. 90 seconds) in which you outline your interest in sustainability, your affinity to cultural promotion, and your experience in the field to date. Please also attach certificates of education and training (diplomas, etc.) and evidence of any practical experience (work confirmations and references).

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Should you have any questions, please contact Patrizia Kettenbach at Human Resources (T +41 44 267 71 83).

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia employs around 110 staff members in Switzerland and various regions around the world who are dedicated to promoting Swiss arts and culture.

Through our activities we support cultural production in all its diversity. Equal employment opportunities and a diverse workforce are fundamental principles at Pro Helvetia. We promote professional equality with respect to all genders and lifestyles.

For our Innovation & Society Sector we offer, as of 15 January 2024 or by arrangement, an

Internship in Innovation & Society with focus on «Sustainability» for 6 to 9 months (60-80%)

What we offer

  • Insights into the multilingual funding activities of a national foundation
  • Addressing sustainability issues in the cultural sector
  • Remuneration based on Federal administration guidelines: CHF 2’560 per month (for an 80% position) with a pro rata 13th monthly salary, 5 weeks holidays a year, good social security contributions (e.g. extra-mandatory child allowance)
  • Pro rata contribution to a Swiss railway half fare card («Halbtax») or a GA travelcard («Generalabonnement»)
  • Attractive work location in the heart of Zurich
  • Neutral point of contact / advisory service for employees
  • Willingness on the part of Pro Helvetia to remove barriers and make workplaces accessible

Your tasks

The Innovation & Society division develops promotion tools with the aim of enhancing diversity and equality in the cultural sector and fostering climate-friendly and resource-saving approaches in cultural activities. A key element is the involvement of artistic and non-artistic disciplines and the collaboration with new partners.

Your internship involves a combination of the following tasks:

  • Participating in the handling of grant applications and correspondence with grant applicants
  • Participating in divisional projects (planning, implementation and evaluation)
  • Supporting the team in the call for applications process
  • Handling administrative tasks and participating in the organisation of workshops and events

Your profile

Persons with non-formal education and career-changers may also apply for the position. To enhance the team’s linguistic range, we welcome especially candidates with a good knowledge of French.

  • Knowledge of sustainability comparable to what is acquired in studies for a Bachelors’ degree (a university degree is, however, no formal prerequisite for this position)
  • Interest in contemporary cultural and social transformation issues (diversity/equality, ecology/climate) and/or initial experiences in these fields
  • Affinity to research and technology
  • Experience in organisational and administrative work and good IT user skills
  • Structured, independent and precise manner of working
  • Good written and oral communication skills, competence in writing in German or French (C1 level), good knowledge of English and a second Swiss national language (B2 level)

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