BR-2325 Panda Nation Undergraduate Intern
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 position supports the implementation of activities for WWF’s peer-to-peer fundraising program called Panda Nation. The primary activities during the internship will be focused on supporting the recruitment and engagement efforts for WWF’s Panda Paddle event. This annual virtual event encourages nature lovers all over the country to raise money and awareness for WWF’s conservation work before taking to their favorite body of water to kayak, canoe, or standup paddleboard sometime between August 4-13. In addition to coordinating daily with coworkers on the Panda Nation team, this position will work with other WWF teams and consultants including online ads, social media, media and legal.
- Help develop and deploy content to encourage prior and prospective participants to register to participate in the event.
- Contact registered participants by email, text message and phone calls to thank them for their support and answer any questions they may have.
- Communicate with water sports rental shops, collegiate and community sport leagues and other groups to help promote the event.
- Monitor the email inboxes for Panda Nation and Panda Paddle and respond to relevant emails or forward to appropriate team members.
- Contribute ideas to help recruit new audiences to participate and ensure the overall event experience is a meaningful and engaging experience for participants.
- Must be an actively enrolled student and not received degree at time of internship start date.
- Pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s program.
- Strong written communication skills.
- Excellent phone skills that include both phone calls and text messaging.
- Enjoys communicating with people of a variety of ages and backgrounds.
- Highly adaptable and interested in learning more about different aspects of event production and marketing.
- Strong organization and follow-up skills.
- 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.
- Experience with participating in a fundraising event of any kind.
- Passion for conservation/environmental issues and a desire to engage others in making a difference.
- Get a front-row seat to seeing how a signature fundraising event is run in a large organization and learn the best tactics for engaging a large variety of audiences in a single mission.
- Gain experience using multi-channel communications to engage people to take desired actions.
- Gain experience of marketing techniques employed to promote virtual events.
- Hands-on experience with Microsoft Office suite and Airtable.
- Participate in a campaign that has tangible metrics that can be used on a resume to demonstrate the value of contributions.
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, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Wyoming.
Paid - $17 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-2325. 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.