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Internship: policy engagement team

Join the policy engagement team at SEI Asia for an enriching internship experience, where you can contribute to impactful policy research and analysis in climate change mitigation, energy transitions and sustainable development in Southeast Asia.


Bangkok, Thailand


23 February 2024

Contract details

Paid internship
6 months, starting in March 2024

Based in Bangkok, SEI Asia has a diverse team of multinational experts who integrate scientific research with participatory approaches to co-develop and share knowledge, build partnerships, and influence policy for resilient development. SEI Asia’s work focuses on gender and social equity, climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, water insecurity and integrated water resources management, transitional agriculture, renewable energy and urbanization.

SEI Asia is an affiliate of Chulalongkorn University (CU), Thailand. SEI and CU have an agreement to foster innovative scientific research combined with effective policy engagement on development and environmental challenges in Asia. The key areas of collaboration are intellectual engagement for joint research applications and fund mobilization, lectures and seminars for CU students, post-graduate supervision and examination, and CU–SEI employee links.

The role and team

The policy engagement team at SEI Asia is engaged in policy-relevant research, policy analysis and policy engagement supporting climate change mitigation and sustainable development. We assist various ongoing research projects across diverse sectors and thematic areas, including but not limited to just energy transitions, urban development, public health policy, climate finance and land-based mitigation actions and practices. The intern will support our Policy Research Fellow with research duties and conduct background research on topics relevant to the team’s activities. Key responsibilities include:

Research support

  • Assist in compiling, reviewing and synthesizing literature and data on topics such as climate finance, energy transitions, urban health and air pollution.
  • Under the research fellow’s guidance, gather and present information on policymaking dynamics and decision-making processes in the Mekong countries, relevant to SEI’s work areas.
  • Draft synthesis knowledge documents for senior staff on issues related to the team’s work areas.
  • Provide ad-hoc research support to other SEI research teams, subject to the Policy Research Fellow’s approval.

Outreach and engagement support

  • Conduct background research on political dynamics in Southeast Asia, focusing on the Mekong countries.
  • Support centre staff with outreach tasks (e.g., conference/workshop participation, note-taking).
  • Maintain databases and organizational lists.
  • Contribute to horizon scanning and scoping of socio-political developments in Asia.
  • Assist in daily project and team management tasks (e.g., note-taking, project coordination).

Who you are

Formal qualifications and knowledge

  • A master’s degree (or nearing completion) in a relevant field such as energy/climate policy, political science, economics, environmental studies.
  • Familiarity with climate change mitigation, climate and energy policies, and climate finance.
  • Knowledge of Southeast Asia’s policy environment related to these topics.
  • Excellent written and spoken English required.

Desirable skills and experience

  • A network of sustainability professionals in the region.
  • Familiarity with key institutions in climate change and sustainable development in Asia.
  • Knowledge of a Southeast Asian language, particularly from the Mekong countries.

Personal skills required

  • You are a team player with a collegial and friendly approach to colleagues and boundary partners.

Additional information

International applicants or those without legal status to work in Thailand are welcome to apply but may face additional eligibility processes. If legally able to work in Thailand for at least six months, please indicate in your application. Visa expenses will be covered by SEI (where applicable).

SEI is an equal opportunity employer and we consider all applicants on the basis of qualifications and competencies regardless but not limited to race, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and marital status. We are committed to ensuring diversity and equality within our organization and applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so please submit your application as soon as possible, however no later than 23 February 2024, 23:59 Bangkok local time.

Submit a CV (without picture) and a one-page motivation letter describing why you are an ideal candidate and your relevant experiences and skills.

Send applications to Stefan Bößner, Research Fellow-Policy Specialist: [email protected]


  • For internship aims queries: Stefan Bößner, Research Fellow-Policy Specialist: [email protected]
  • For administrative queries: Nipa Laithong, Senior Administrative and HR Officer: [email protected]
Stefan Bößner
Stefan Bößner

Research Fellow

SEI Asia

Nipa Laithong

Senior Administrative and HR Officer

SEI Asia

Meet the team

About SEI

Stockholm Environment Institute is an international non-profit research and policy organization that tackles environment and development challenges.

We connect science and decision-making to develop solutions for a sustainable future for all.

Our approach is highly collaborative: stakeholder involvement is at the heart of our efforts to build capacity, strengthen institutions, and equip partners for the long term.

Our work spans climate, water, air, and land-use issues, and integrates evidence and perspectives on governance, the economy, gender and human health.

Across our eight centres in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, we engage with policy processes, development action and business practice throughout the world.

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