About us

Forum for the Future is a leading international sustainability non-profit. For over 20 years we’ve been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future. We specialise in addressing critical global challenges by catalysing change in key systems, from food to apparel, energy to shipping. We do this by convening transformational collaborations to drive change, by partnering with organisations to help them lead by example, and by building a global community of pioneers and change makers. Together we can reinvent the way the world works.

Our vision for Sustainable Nutrition? By 2030 we want to have catalysed a new system in which food is produced and consumed in a way that is affordable, healthy and good for the planet.

Are you passionate about building a better, more sustainable food system? Want to know more about how to make sense of the future and the bigger picture, and turn that into action today?  Are you keen to contribute to a major sustainable food initiative in Forum?

We are looking to recruit an intern to support our work in the global Sustainable Nutrition space with a focus on Protein, Regenerative Agriculture and Edible Fats & Oils. We are looking for a motivated, capable individual who is seeking an exciting challenge and to be part of a small team with big ambitions. The role will best suit someone who has experience in research, in a regional and/or global context, who has an understanding of stakeholders working in the system with excellent copy writing skills, who can help the team with a variety of support.

The role will be based at our UK office in London for three to four months.

Role Summary

This is an exciting opportunity to learn about food sustainability more broadly and protein specifically. You will be undertaking project research and content development, including research and stakeholder/initiative mapping, supporting our project scoping and working on a number of our innovation platforms such as the Protein Challenge 2040. You will be part of Forum’s Sustainable Nutrition challenge lab community and your work will contribute towards our thinking and strategic priorities. There is an opportunity to engage with a broad range of stakeholders, both within Forum and externally, from corporate sector, to producers, academics, NGOs and others.


  • Providing support to the Sustainable Nutrition Challenge lab, developing desk-based research, project communications and stakeholder mapping.
  • Other reasonable support tasks as and when required

    Benefits of the Internship

    The intern will gain and/or further develop:
  • Research and communication skills in a professional setting
  • Knowledge and experience of sustainable development and how to create change in the food system, in particular through our work via collaborative partnerships
  • Wider knowledge and experience relating to Forum for the Future’s mission, through access to our resources, expertise, experience and learning opportunities
  • The opportunity to work on global projects within an international organisation

    Person Specification
  • An understanding of and interest in sustainable development, particularly on food and nutrition at a regional and global level.
  • A demonstrable understanding of the role business can play from both a sustainability and nutritional perspective.
  • An understanding of systems approaches.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience in developing communications and campaign materials.
  • Demonstrable research skills across a range of sources including web-based platforms.
  • Demonstrable ability to produce clear summaries and reports of complex information.
  • Excellent IT skills, including high-level proficiency in Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise work and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to follow instructions, work independently and be self-motivated.
  • A commitment to the values and mission of Forum for the Future.
  • Digital experience an advantage, especially in social media and digital marketing.

    Internship details

    This internship is part-time for three to four months. The internship is unpaid, with lunch expenses up to £5 a day and travel within London Zone 1-6 reimbursed.

Application Process

Deadline for applications: midnight Wednesday 30th Jan 2019
Interviews: 4th - 6th Feb 2019
Internship start date: ASAP


To apply for this role, please send your up-to-date CV and a cover letter to [email protected].

CVs should be no more than two sides in length. Covering letters should be no more than one side, and should explain clearly, with examples, how you meet the person specification and how you would benefit from the role.

We kindly ask you not to attach or insert your photograph in your CV or cover letter, nor put your name or surname anywhere in the letter. As part of our commitment to equal opportunities, we have introduced ‘name blind’ recruitment, to help reduce unconscious bias when screening applications. By removing these details from the application, it helps our recruiting team to evaluate people on their skills and experience instead of factors that can lead to unconsciously biased decisions.

Please note that the closing date may be subject to change. We will interview suitable candidates as they apply, so please don’t hesitate to take this opportunity to submit your application as soon as possible.

We thank, in advance, all candidates for applying and regret we are unable to write separately to those who are not selected for interview. If you have not heard from us within the three weeks of the closing date, please assume we are not taking your application further.