Federal Volunteer Service or Internship as Consumer and Market Research Assistant in the Food Industry and Retail Department (M/F/D)

Intern / Student, Full-time · Germany, Berlin

About us
ProVeg is an international food awareness organisation working to transform the global food system by replacing conventional animal products with plant-based and cultivated alternatives. ProVeg works with companies, governments, public institutions, medical professionals, the media, and the public to help the world transition to a society and economy that are less dependent on animal agriculture and more sustainable for humans, animals, and our planet.

We base our strategy on empirically-based evidence whenever possible. We seek to stay abreast of the latest research to inform our strategic considerations and outreach materials. We evaluate all of our programs to make sure we are allocating our resources in the best way to reach our goal.

ProVeg fosters a culture in which challenges become opportunities to learn and thrive. Because changing the global food system is a huge undertaking, we are looking for new team members who are pragmatic and professional and who are willing to step out of their comfort zone when needed. Critical problem-solving skills, team spirit, and creativity are all vital to accomplishing our ambitious goals.

DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) Statement

ProVeg is committed to assessing applicants equitably, regardless of race, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, refugee background, genetic information, neurodiversity, disability, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, HIV status, gender identity, or gender expression. People of colour, women, people with disabilities, people from LGBTQIA+ communities, elderly people, refugees and people living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.

Role Summary
Are you interested in assisting the international Food Industry & Retail team in supporting companies along their journey to offering more plant-based alternatives? Then this Federal Volunteer Service or internship is for you!
We are active in the following fields:
  • Primary and secondary market research
  • Corporate consultancies
  • Speaking at conferences and collaborating with trade fairs
  • Media work
  • Collaborations with experts from science and research
  • Projects
An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead on the identification and cataloguing of existing academic research and market data related to the plant based-space. In the role, you will have the opportunity to identify and review academic literature, market data (from renowned market research agencies) and wider trends from the plant-based food and beverage sector, providing you with the unique opportunity to enhance your research skills by connecting with experts within the plant-based space.
Responsibilities
  • Independently searching, pre-selecting and structuring internal and external data and literature
  • Shaping, refining and delivering the data-gathering process, taking a user-centric approach to the cataloguing of data, research and reports
  • Carrying out regular data maintenance and ad-hoc research activities
  • Taking over administrative and organisational tasks
  • Preparing and carrying out own smaller projects.
Qualifications
  • Able to navigate academic literature, journals, sales data and market reports to gather and catalogue relevant information
  • Confident in handling large amounts of data and information
  • Skilled in identifying information and trends, and able to write clear concise summaries
  • Ability to work in an independent, structured, proactive, pragmatic, and efficient manner.
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to recognise interrelations.
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Excellent computer skills, with confidence in using basic functions of Excel and ideally some familiarity with WordPress or similar platforms
  • You are a long-term thinker and don’t lose your motivation without short-term successes.
  • You identify with the goals and values of ProVeg.
  • Ideally, you are studying or have completed studies in the field of consumer studies, communication science, food technology, food economics, nutritional sciences, business administration or similar, or already have work experience in these areas.
Benefits of working with us
What we offer

  • The opportunity to develop your own skills, acquire new competencies and gain valuable experience
  • Insights into the work of one of the most successful NGOs in Germany
  • Freedom to contribute your own ideas
  • Flexibility in the structuring of employment relationships 
  • Daily tasty and healthy vegan lunch in our Berlin office
  • Continuous support and individual encouragement by a superior
  • Become part of a great team and work with us on a world where everyone chooses tasty and healthy food that is good for all people, animals and our planet

Advantages of a BFD
  • Receipt of a monthly allowance
  • Benefits through an exclusive volunteer pass, including a discount on the BVG ticket and discounts on admission to museums, cinemas and much more
  • Extensive further training opportunities in the form of seminar participation (daily and weekly seminars), which can be selected according to personal interests
  • Guarantee of social security and accident insurance
  • Continued support and individual encouragement by a supervisor
  • The opportunity to develop one's own skills, gain new competencies and gain valuable experience
  • Become not only part of a great team but also part of a movement that drives decisive social change
When?
Start: as soon as possible (please indicate available period)
Period: BFD min. 6 to max. 18 months, voluntary internships 3 months, compulsory internships up to 6 months, Full-time or part-time (only available for interns)
Location: Berlin (or remotely - interns only)
Further information
Our application procedure
If you apply, please always submit your application documents (including cover letter, curriculum vitae and references) using the application form only. Please also answer the applicant's questions.

The following steps include:

  • Carrying out an online-based sample task
  • An online interview
  • Subsequently, the final decision is made

Your application

We are happy about your interest in ProVeg. Please send us your application only by using the following form.

The application process takes between four and eight weeks and includes the following steps:

  • Screening by the HR department
  • Screening by the respective department
  • Processing of trial tasks
  • First Interview
  • Possibly second interview
  • Confirmation
For federal voluntary services and internships, the process is shortened slightly and usually only one interview is conducted. In these cases, the trial tasks are usually carried out in the form of a trial day at our Berlin office.

Please submit your application including a cover letter, CV and references in one PDF document (max. 3 MB) and answer the questions in our general questionnaire for all applicants. Your contact person is Nora Winter, Head of HR.
In order to upload multiple files, please select them in one go by using the CTRL key on Windows or the CMD key on Mac.