About the Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, academia and civil society.

About the SDG Academy

The SDG Academy is the flagship education initiative of the SDSN, with the mandate of creating and curating the best available online educational content on sustainable development and making it available as a global public good. The Academy brings together the world’s foremost experts on sustainable development, from fields as varied as early childhood development, public health, food systems, and macroeconomics – to offer a comprehensive core curriculum around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), equipping the next generation of sustainable development practitioners to take on the complex challenges facing our planet. The SDG Academy is hosted by the SDSN Association, a 501(c)3 organization based in New York.


The SDG Academy is seeking an Education Intern to help facilitate and develop online courses in Sustainable Development, including support for live and on-demand courses and assistance with new content development.

You will play a key role as part of a small team based across New Delhi and New York City that values proactivity and creative thinking to meet our ambitious goals. You will have the opportunity to contribute to our online presence, as well as to develop content for our courses. The position requires 15-20 hours/week and most time will be spent at the SDSN offices located at 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY (some remote work may be considered). Candidates must have prior legal authorization to work in the U.S. The position runs until May 31, 2019 with possibility of extension pending funding.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing and building courses on the online platform, including uploading and formatting content.
  • Create and upload transcripts.
  • Manage course translation workflows.
  • Support teams of Teaching Assistants by answering student emails and facilitating course runs.

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Any additional requests made by the Education Management Team.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Some experience with education or pedagogy, particularly online courses or e-learning.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Some experience with content and/or learning management systems.
  • Knowledge of sustainable development, international affairs, or other relevant content area.
  • At least 1-2 semesters of an undergraduate degree program already complete.

Preferred characteristics:

  • A declared major in international or sustainable development, or education.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (1-2 pages) to with the subject line: “Application: Education Intern”


As an equal opportunity employer, SDSN is committed to ensuring that organization employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, unemployment status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.