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Internship “Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change”




Beijing, China


Praktika / Werkstudenten



Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH setzt als gemeinnütziges Bundesunternehmen in mehr als 130 Ländern im Auftrag der deutschen Bundesregierung und weiterer nationaler wie internationaler Auftraggeber (bspw. EU, Wirtschaft, Stiftungen) Projekte und Maßnahmen der internationalen Zusammenarbeit für Nachhaltigkeit um. Weltweit aktiv ist die GIZ auch in der internationalen Bildungsarbeit.
In der Volksrepublik China führt die GIZ seit fast 40 Jahren Projekte durch. Beraten wird China auf seinem Reformweg in vielfältigen Themen und Sektoren des Klima- und Umweltschutzes sowie der nachhaltigen Wirtschaftsentwicklung, insbesondere zu Erneuerbaren Energien und Energieeffizienz, nachhaltiger Stadt- und Verkehrsentwicklung, Beruflicher Bildung, Recht, Produktsicherheit und Verbraucherschutz.
Das Leistungsprofil der GIZ wird dabei kontinuierlich an die Kooperationsbedarfe beider Länder im Rahmen der „Umfassenden Deutsch-Chinesischen Strategischen Partnerschaft“ sowie an die dynamischen Veränderungsprozesse im Rahmen der chinesischen Reformpolitik angepasst. Weiterhin berät und arbeitet sie als Dienstleister an der Schnittstelle zwischen Politik und Wirtschaft. Die GIZ agiert zudem in Handlungsfeldern, in denen deutsche Akteure über ein fundiertes Profil und Wettbewerbsvorteile verfügen und deutsche Expertise nachgefragt wird. Location: Beijing, People’s Republic of China (travel within China may be necessary)
Period: Six months, preferably starting on 16 September 2020 (earlier start date possible)

Project Background:

China has made continuous effort to address climate change and is on track to achieve its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, namely: to achieve the peaking of carbon dioxide emissions around 2030 and making best efforts to peak early; to lower carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 60% to 65% from the 2005 level; to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20%; and to increase the forest stock volume by around 4.5 billion cubic meters on the 2005 level; and furthermore, to proactively adapt to climate change. China’s development situation and thus, its GHG emissions and regional GHG targets, diverge greatly geographically between economically advanced coastal areas and cities, the industrialising hinterland and remote and sparsely populated areas. While China has already become one of the global leaders on renewable energy generation, and electric and smart mobility, there are still a lot of challenges faced by China with regard to the achievement of its NDC. The country is still under industrialization and urbanization, which would request for continuous increasing of energy consumption and carbon emission.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the GIZ is implementing cooperation projects as part of the BMU’s German International Climate Initiative (IKI), an instrument to finance climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrializing countries, as well as in countries in transition.

The Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change (SGCCC) acts as platform for exchange on NDC implementation and the establishment of a comprehensive system for climate governance At national level it supports the policy dialogue on climate change (e.g. the Sino-German Working Group on Climate Change) and enhances the exchange of German experiences and best practices (e.g. but not limited to the exchange on the German Climate Action Plan 2050). At local level, activities contribute to enhanced implementation of climate policies (mitigation, adaptation, finance) and measures in China’s 14th FYP, hence supporting the first five-year phase towards the achievement of the Chinese NDC targets before 2030 as well as contribute to planning of the 15th FYP and 2025 NDC update/communication. For new cooperation topics identified by the Sino-German Working Group on Environment and Climate Change (e.g. South-South Cooperation), the project acts

as an incubator for the further IKI development. As interface for knowledge management, the project serves as a hub for exchange between partners of the IKI within and outside China.

The project “Capacity Building for the Establishment of Emissions Trading Systems in China” supports China in its efforts to establish carbon trading. In 2011, the Chinese government announced the gradual establishment of a carbon market in China as one instrument to tackle rising carbon emissions. Seven regional pilots for carbon emissions trading were selected by the central government and started operation in 2013 and 2014. An eighth pilot ETS was launched in Fujian in 2016. Finally, the national ETS was officially launched in December 2017. This was however chiefly the beginning of the development process, which comprises three phases. The first phase has seen the necessary infrastructure and the regulatory framework put in place, followed by a test phase and finally the start of the first full compliance phase, expected to commence in 2020.

The project’s objective is to strengthen the capacity of and provide policy options for China’s key institutions and all involved stakeholders to prepare and establish ETS at the local and national level. This includes methodological, technical and policy advice on ETS design, infrastructure and operation, as well as capacity-building. The project focuses on the exchange of experiences between Germany and China and strengthens bilateral dialogue.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Research assignments on European, German and Chinese climate policy and support in closely following climate-related policy developments
  • Assistance in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of project activities (including but not limited to meetings, bilateral dialogues, expert workshops, networking conferences, study tours etc.) and related documentation of project results
  • Maintenance and updating of the internet presence and other PR and information materials for both projects
  • Preparation of documentation and reports on activities and developments for internal and external us
  • Targeted research on project-relevant topics, editing of information for newsletters and presentations
  • Translation of documents and presentations between German and English (and Chinese)
  • Support of daily administrative project tasks.
  • Division of work between the projects will and additional tasks may be assigned in coordination with the project teams based on project workloads, progress and the intern’s performance.


  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s degree or recently graduated (within last six months) in a field relevant to both projects, e.g. Climate/Energy Policy, Environmental Economics, Political Science, International Relations or Regional Studies.
  • Understanding of international climate change policies and instruments, in particular in the EU, Germany and China.
  • Prior work experience/internships in the area of climate change, international cooperation and/or prior work experience/internships in China are an asset.
  • Working proficiency in German and English; proficiency in Mandarin is an asset.
  • Reliable, independent, results-oriented, structured working style and able to meet tight deadlines.
  • Team player, enthusiastic, and with good communication skills.
  • Experience in writing and using WordPress CMS is an advantage.

Please be informed that you are only considered eligible to apply for this internship, if you are currently enrolled as a student or graduated not longer than six months ago.

Please send your complete application incl. CV and letter of motivation in English via e-mail to:

Mr. Steffen Menzel,

If case you are applying for more than one project at GIZ China, we kindly ask you to clearly indicate this in your application.

Please apply in English.