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BR-2323 Oceans Policy Graduate Intern


WWF Overview  
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. 
Position Summary 
Play a key role in supporting the build out of one or more new policy opportunities relevant for WWF-US ocean’s strategy seascape priorities. Specifically, we are evaluating: 
  • Engagement with the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO). SPRFMO is a multilateral organization responsible for the management of shared stocks in the Eastern Pacific. 
  • If and how best to utilize the “debt for nature swaps” allocation in the Tropical Forest Conservation and Coral Reef Act. We are currently interested in exploring opportunities for mangrove and coral reef/30X30 conservation efforts in our priority seascapes. Peru and other countries have been beneficiaries of this innovative US legislation. 
  • How best to build a policy portfolio to advance responsible expansion of wind farms in the United States that minimizes negative impacts. We also expect that analyses may influence similar development in our overseas priority seascapes. 


Internship Description: 
  • Collect information on the interests of various entities relevant for the three subject areas and support political mapping processes. 
  • In collaboration with members of the US Oceans teams, interview relevant WWF staff in Ecuador and Latin American offices and relevant external organizations. 
  • Prepare simple analyses (summaries, charts and graphs) of key data. 
  • Research relevant government agencies processes and requirements. 
  • With help from WWF staff, prepare and deliver presentations and write sections of policy reports/action plans. 


Minimum Requirements:  
  • Must be an actively enrolled student and not received degree at time of internship start date. 
  • Pursuing a non-doctoral Graduate program in environmental policy, international policy, or environmental law.  
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and write technical reports. 
  • 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.  
Preferred Qualifications:  
  • Ability to speak and write Spanish. 
  • Experience with or knowledge of multilateral institutions. 
  • Some knowledge of US conservation laws and regulations. 
Learning Outcomes 
  • Deep understanding of political institutions and ways to influence their decision-making. 
  • The fundamentals of developing a policy engagement strategy. 
  • Knowledge of advocacy tactics and political economy. 
  • Knowledge of US law that impacts overseas conservation efforts. 
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.  
Paid - $21 per hour (full-time, 35 hours per week) 
Internship Dates: 
Internship will run from June 5, 2023 to August 11, 2023 
How to Apply: 
Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers PageRequisition# BR-2323. 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.