Students Welcome!

Advanced bachelor (3rd and 4th year) and Masters students can apply for an internship or traineeship in the field of tourism destination sustainability.

There is no deadline for applications. Internships can start any time of the year.
The minimum requirement of an internship is three months (excluding thesis writing).

During the Corona crisis, we do not cancel any internships and we have moved the internship positions online, until we can return to the office and travel bans are lifted.

  • We value your development both on a personal and professional level;
  • You will be part of our team (you won’t see the copy and coffee machine more than we do);
  • Your work at Green Destinations at the time of your internship will be on a voluntary basis;
  • Travel for work will be reimbursed; commuting costs may be reimbursed up to €100 per month upon request.;
  • Accommodation is not provided (Leiden, The Hague, Leiderdorp, Voorschoten and Oegstgeest are all convenient places to stay; Amsterdam is expensive);
  • Since our interns are leading projects, we only accept applicants with an excellent command of English;
  • We are looking forward to working with you!

Placements are possible in any of the following fields, or combinations thereof:


  • Help identify and analyse good practice experience and “green solutions” that can help destinations to improve sustainability.
  • Make selected good practices and green solutions available to destination managers and experts by follow-up research and integrating good practices in the Guidance or Training modules of the Green Destinations Platform.
  • Support specific Green Destinations Country Representatives and or Auditors in their work, e.g. by collecting evidence of sustainability compliance at country level, e.g. based upon legislation.


Support the GD Award & Certification Program

  • Check Award & Certification applications on completeness and accuracy (technical check)
  • Help evaluate GSTC-Accredited level auditor assessments (become trained as GD Auditor)
  • Support daily operation, coordination of the program (keep track of membership terms and dues)
  • Communication with program members about their application (deadlines, questions, coaching).


  • Support the identification of the green travel offer (sustainable businesses, products, responsible services, tourism and leisure activities) within selected countries and destinations.
  • Help visualize and present the green travel offer to tour operators, travel agents and consumers, through the Green Travel Guide.
  • Collaborate with partner consumer platforms to promote the green travel offer.


Support the organization of a Green Destinations Event:

  • Green Destinations Sustainable Destination Awards at ITB Berlin, March (annually).
  • Green Destinations – QualityCoast Awards in the Netherlands, April-May (annually)
  • Global Green Destinations Days (GGDD), Sep-Oct (annually)
  • Ad-hoc GD training workshops and field visits.

The leading event organizing trainee is usually supported in attending the event that s/he has helped prepare.


  • Handling of GD’s email accounts
  • Organising/coordinating team workflow and team meetings
  • Maintenance and development of GD and Top 100 websites (WordPress)
  • Social Media post writing & dissemination
  • Newsletter mailings and contact management (Mailchimp).

We will get back to you as soon as possible.


The next internship position opens in August 2020,

but the recruitment process is continuous.

Past Interns Testimonials