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BR-2339 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 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 
WWF seeks a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Graduate Intern. The intern will support the Senior Director of DEI and the Senior DEI Specialist in researching and developing an analysis for how WWF can increase their talent pools of underserved communities to include BIPOC, people with disabilities, and veterans. This position will also help with special projects involving WWF’s Employee Resource Group program. The intern will also have an opportunity to contribute to other WWF DEI-related projects.   


Internship Description: 
  • Assist with research, planning, and implementation of strategic DEI initiatives by supporting the analysis of data, streamlining processes, and generating reports. 
  • Learn and assist with the Employee Resource Group (ERG) Program. 
  • Research and provide recommendations on resources for building and retaining diverse talent. 
  • Conduct analysis of existing processes and help ensure that WWF’s diverse global workforce is well-supported. 
  • Present research findings to WWF teams, including those in leadership. 
  • Provide support on other DEI-related projects to other DEI team members, as needed. 


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 Human Resources Management, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Environmental Studies, Education. Those studying outside these fields are still encouraged to apply.  
  • Ability to conduct research, including but not limited to using online resources and engaging relevant stakeholders. 
  • Promote DEI events and activities using Outlook, SharePoint, Workplace, and other social platforms. 
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Highly detail-oriented and able to work autonomously. 
  • 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:  
  • High level of professionalism. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. 
  • Initiative, drive, and creativity.  
  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in DE&I initiatives. 
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once.  
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
Learning Outcomes 
  • How to implement select DEI programs and talent pipelining knowledge into practice. 
  • The benefits of networking internally at WWF and gaining overall additional networkng skills.  
  • Understanding the culture of a global conservation non-profit organization/workplace. 
  • Listening and receiving professional feedback. 
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 - $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-2339. 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.  
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