Volunteering at SDSN Youth


SDSN Youth would not be able to exist without its vast network of volunteers, a truly global team brought together to achieve one mission - empowering youth to achieve the SDGs. We are always looking for ambitious and passionate volunteers, and this page will tell you all you need to know before applying for a volunteering role.


Application Process

We have a 5 -step process for positions at SDSN Youth.



Types of positions +

We have 4 types of positions at SDSN Youth:

Volunteer, Remote.

Volunteer positions have 12-month terms and can be done anywhere, remotely.

Example roles: Project Officers, Project Leads.

Volunteer, Local.

These positions are half remote, half local. You must be based at one of the SDSN Member Institutions (as a student or staff) in order to take on these roles. The local element, is working to mobilize youth in your local network / institution, and the remote element is working with the global SDSN Youth team.

Example roles: Network Coordinators, SDG Coordinators.

Program applications, Local.

These applications have a set programme, or schedule. They are available to anyone.

Example roles: Global School Advocates, Local Pathway Fellows, Youth Solutions Hub members, Arts Twenty Thirty artists.

Internships, New York City.

Internships have 3-month terms, based out of our New York office. Candidates must be able to legally work in the United States, as a citizen, lawful permanent resident, or hold a permit to prove eligibility to work in the US. We are unable to sponsor visas.

Benefits +

Making an impact

  1. Be at the forefront of efforts taken by the United Nations, governments, companies, and civil society in developing and leading a global movement for sustainable development.
  2. We work closely with a range of stakeholders, including some of the world's most influential leaders from business, academics, government, and civil society.
  3. We equip young people around the world with the necessary skills and tools to overcome key challenges and meaningfully contribute to the achievement of SDGs in their communities.

Aspirations and Networks

  1. SDSN Youth enables you to build professional and personal relationships with high-level stakeholders in civil society, business, government, and the United Nations.
  2. The SDSN Youth Assembly consists of more than 120 young people from more than 30 different countries, including students from Harvard, Oxford, LSE, Science Po, Monash and Columbia universities, and professionals working in agencies and organization such as UNICEF, UNEP, UNDP, UN-Habitat, etc.
  3. By joining one of our teams, you will be working with a diverse and exceptional group of individuals with a variety of cultural, religious and political backgrounds, committed to sustainable development.

Pathways to leadership

  1. Attend high level domestic and international meetings and conferences and network with some of the most prominent figures in the SDG space.
  2. Supported by our global team of experts across a range of areas, you will progress rapidly in a challenging but flexible, fulfilling and meaningful environment.
  3. Your experiences will become central to our network’s efforts and legacy in empowering youth globally to make sustainable solutions.

See metrics of our impact here, and take a look at our flagship programs, Local Pathways Fellowship, Youth Solutions, Global Schools and SDG Student Program.

What do you look for in the CV/application? +

It's quite simple - we're looking to assess whether or not your curent skillset and capabilities fit our job description.

The biggest tip we can give you in to make sure you read over the skills in the job description, and outline the experiences you've had, that can demonstrate those skills.

We're simply looking to understand, who are you? What do you enjoy? What are your strengths?

There's no JD in the EOI form, what do you look for? +

We have a list of skills in the EOI form. When looking through candidates, we look to see whether or not you are able to call out the relevant experiences you have, and tell us why it is relevant to skills you have chosen.


Open roles