Traineeship FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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WHAT IS THE SDG TRAINEESHIP?

The SDG Traineeship is a nation-wide program with the aim of introducing and offering 500 young people experience with sustainable and social entrepreneurship. Each edition, approximately 125 trainees work in teams of 5 on a specific project at a client.

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HOW LONG IS THE TRAINEESHIP?

The SDG Traineeship lasts 15 weeks. The start date is fixed, please find it in the "Become a Trainee" or "Become a Client" pages.

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Aan wat voor opdracht ga ik werken tijdens het SDG Traineeship?

Je gaat werken aan een uitdagende opdracht in een multidisciplinair team bij een organisatie/bedrijf/overheidsinstantie die reeds werkt aan de SDG’s, of de SDG’s wilt gaan implementeren. Aan de hand van jouw aanmelding proberen wij een match te maken met één project van een opdrachtgever.

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How much time do I have to commit to?

Your team and yourself will work 8 hours a week on the SDG Traineeship on one fixed project day. In addition, there is an online SDG Talk regularly on Tuesday evenings (1.5-2 hours).

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WHAT ASSIGNMENT WILL I WORK ON DURING THE SDG TRAINEESHIP?

You will work on a challenging assignment in a multidisciplinary team at an organisation/company/government agency that is already working on the SDGs, or wants to implement the SDGs. Based on your registration, we try to make a match with one project of a client.

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WHAT DOES THE GUIDANCE LOOK LIKE DURING THE SDG TRAINEESHIP?

As a team you will be guided by a sustainability consultant with whom you have 1 contact hour per week (in addition to the guidance of the client). In addition, you will receive six skills training.

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IS THE SDG TRAINEESHIP ALSO AVAILABLE FOR NON-DUTCH-SPEAKERS?

No. The traineeship is entirely in Dutch. However, it is possible that a client communicates in English or expects a final product in English.

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CAN ANYONE SIGN UP FOR THE SDG TRAINEESHIP?

Unfortunately not. You must be at least 18 and no more than 27 years old, speak Dutch and be a (future or graduate) HBO/WO student.

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WILL I BE COMPENSATED FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE SDG TRAINEESHIP?

No. You voluntarily participate in the SDG Traineeship. You can, however, receive a (partial) reimbursement from your client for your travel expenses.

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WILL I GET MY TRAVEL EXPENSES REFUNDED IF I TRAVEL TO AND FROM THE CLIENT?

Yes. We ask all clients to reimburse the travel costs incurred.

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WILL EVERYONE APPLY ALSO BE ACCEPTED?

No, unfortunately. For each client(s), we look at which applications best suit the project. It is therefore possible that your registration does not correspond to the projects of that edition.

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WHEN WILL I HEAR IF I CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE SDG TRAINEESHIP?

For the third edition, you will hear no later than 7 February 2022 whether you can participate and which project you have been placed in.

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I WANT TO SIGN UP FOR THE SDG TRAINEESHIP BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT DAYS I'M AVAILABLE YET. IS THAT A PROBLEM?

That is not a problem, you can indicate when you register that you don't know yet. As soon as you know when you are available, send an email to traineeship@sdghouse.org.

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I HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP FOR THE SDG TRAINEESHIP BUT I WANT TO CHANGE MY AVAILABILITY. HOW DO I DO THAT?

Send an email to traineeship@sdghouse.org.

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I'VE BEEN HIRED. CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT I WILL DO?

After you have been accepted and you have completed the confirmation, you will receive more information about the assignment from your supervisor.

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WHAT IF I UNEXPECTEDLY MISS A DAY?

We expect you to be present on the agreed project day (including supervision and training moments). In the event that you are unable to attend for a valid reason, you can resolve this in consultation with your supervisor and team.

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COVID-19 AND MEASURES

The SDG Traineeship will hopefully take place mostly offline. Training courses and SDG Talks are always online, but we try to have as much/regular project work physically take place as possible - provided the guidelines of the RIVM can be guaranteed. Most clients offer a space for your team to work in, otherwise you might need/want to come to KIT or other SDG Houses. If you do not feel comfortable with being physically present, remote working always remains an option. For questions about our COVID-19 policy, please feel free to contact us.

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