Internship | MSc Graduation Internship: Circular Initiative Business Models
About this position
At the Strategic Business Analysis (SBA) department of TNO, we focus on analysing, supporting and bringing technological innovations to the market with the intention of creating economic, social, and sustainable impact. We do so by combining and integrating knowledge on technology, private business, and behaviour in many inter-disciplinary teams as part of projects for organizations, local and national governments, and European institutions. We participate in the CISUFLO project (https://www.cisuflo.eu/), funded by the Horizon Europe program. The project aims to guide the flooring industry's shift towards the circular economy. Our role is to explore how: - Tech innovations aid circularity in flooring companies. - Value networks adjust for circular principles. - Flooring industry policies and mindsets impact circular transition.
What will be your role?
We seek an MSc student in their final phase, interested in investigating why circular business concepts in the flooring industry fail or succeed. You will explore challenges and opportunities in these concepts' adoption. Many models, like take-back systems or flooring-as-a-service, are tested with varied outcomes. Understanding the reasons behind success/failure aids scalability and provides insights for organizations.
During the internship, you'll collaborate with TNO experts in business, circularity, and policy. Engage with CISUFLO project partners to grasp practical flooring industry challenges and opportunities. Your project advances circularity literature, focusing on circular business adoption hurdles and prospects in the flooring sector. Your research spans collaborative business modeling, circular economy, and transition management.
What we expect from you
We seek a student who:
- Is in the final phase of a master's degree with strong grasp of strategic/management theory, inter-organizational collaboration, and innovation.
- Comes from Business and Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, Innovation Management, Supply Chain Management, Industrial Engineering, or related fields.
- Has interview experience, applied research affinity.
- Is broad-minded, curious, and proactive.
- Explores how tech innovations create real-world value and can be marketed.
- Converts abstract ideas into understandable concepts.
- Thinks analytically and communicates clearly.
- Has moderate Dutch proficiency (B2) for limited Dutch partner interaction.
- Can be present in The Hague office at least twice weekly for collaboration with TNO professionals and supervisors.
What you'll get in return
You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.
TNO as an employer
At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.
At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.
The selection process
After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.
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