World Wildlife Fund is hiring a
For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, WWF works in more than 100 countries, connecting cutting-edge conservation science with the collective power of our partners in the field – more than one million supporters in the United States and five million globally, as well as partnerships with communities, companies, and governments.
Our vision for diversity, equity and inclusion at WWF is an organization as diverse as the world we protect; where the richness of all our unique views, experiences, and backgrounds combines to create the most sustainable and inclusive conservation outcomes possible — bringing the greatest benefit to the planet and every person who lives on it.
Across the many cultures and individuals that represent WWF, we are unified by one mission, one brand, and one common set of values: Courage, Respect, Integrity and Collaboration.
BRIDGE – Building Relationships, Inclusivity, Diversity, Growth, and Excellence
WWF’s diversity-focused internship program, BRIDGE, aims to recruit professionals early in their careers who bring fresh thinking and innovation to the environmental and conservation sector and are well positioned to develop into the next generation of leaders. Our mission is to increase exposure of students from underrepresented populations to conservation and environmental careers, provide professional development opportunities, reduce the barriers to attracting a diverse pool of internship candidates, and develop a pipeline for future WWF hires from underrepresented populations.
This internship position would support the Forest Climate Solutions team within WWF-US to advance its policy and advocacy work. Our team works at the intersection of forests and climate change, given the crucial role that forest protection and restoration must play in the global response to the climate crisis.
The intern will work with our team on projects and daily tasks that use research, information gathering, and analysis to inform our policy strategy and our work linked to the Paris Agreement, the UN’s treaty on climate change. They will also collaborate with our broader Forest team as well as with colleagues from WWF-International and from country offices who work on relevant topics. The intern will be able to apply and strengthen their research, critical thinking, and writing skills as well as gain knowledge and other skills applicable to a career in conservation, international policy, and/or environmental advocacy.
Help develop advocacy strategies for supporting the implementation of country climate action plans (NDCs).
Review the status of forest goals in the NDCs of 3-5 priority countries.
Review the status of carbon market goals/development in the NDCs of 3-5 priority countries.
Produce NDC country analyses for 3-5 priority countries.
Summary of the current status of forest targets in NDC (what targets are, what level of completion toward target).
Summary of any work on forest/land-use part of NDCs by NGOs.
Other duties as assigned.
Must be an actively enrolled student and not received degree at time of internship start date.
Pursuing a non-doctoral Graduate program.
Strong research and writing skills.
Organized and self-motivated.
Strong written and verbal communications skills.
Ability to manage and meet deadlines.
Interest in the world of international conservation and/or international climate policy.
Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.
WWF interns will be provided a set of professional development opportunities, aimed at increasing their exposure to conservation and sustainability careers. This includes:
Development discussions with their manager;
Up to two online courses through Cornell University’s eCornell program;
Speed mentoring with different WWF teams;
Opportunity to present their work to intern peers and WWF staff;
Session on resume and interviewing best practices.
Interns will also have access to an array of networking opportunities. This includes meetings with WWF’s CEO, the senior management team, Employee Resource Groups, and representatives from other departments.
US-DC-Washington or US Remote – WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wyoming.
Paid - $21 per hour (full-time, 35 hours per week)
Internship will run from June 5, 2023 to August 11, 2023
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers page, Requisition# BR-2317. In your cover letter, please describe your relevant skills and experience for this position and include a discussion of 1) how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and 2) what you hope to gain from the internship.
If selected for the role, you will need to provide 1 letter of recommendation as part of the WWF application process.
* Please note that intern must have U.S. work authorization that does not require sponsorship of a visa.
WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.
As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.