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BR-11 Green and Just Infrastructure Future Intern

World Wildlife Fund
Washington, DC 20001
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BR-11 Green and Just Infrastructure Future Intern

Type: Short Term (Fixed Term)
# of Openings: 1
WWF Washington, DC


For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the worlds leading conservation organization, 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.

Internships at WWF

WWFs internship program vision is 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

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the worlds leading conservation organizations, seeks an intern for a Green and Just Infrastructure Future Program.

According to projections, 75% of the infrastructure in 2050 is yet to be built. Ambitious infrastructure plans to connect countries and markets pose enormous threats to the worlds vulnerable communities and biodiversity and are on a track to increase greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change. The current administration has an ambitious goal of rebuilding our countrys infrastructure and this is the moment where WWF can help guide its efforts to shift domestic and global infrastructure development onto a more sustainable path. Our vision is to ensure that the worlds future infrastructure serves the needs of both people and our planet. We aim to help change the way infrastructure is planned, built and operated so that its development is avoided in intact areas of high ecological integrity, benefits Indigenous peoples and local communities, and serves to build resilience, mitigate climate change and restore nature.

The intern will support an ongoing program of work designed to increase awareness of the risks society faces if infrastructure development continues as usual and the benefits to both society and the planet if infrastructure is developed sustainably. The intern will work with teams across the organization and will have the opportunity to learn from and be exposed to a wide range of issues at the nexus of conservation, infrastructure and society how roads, railways, energy production, dams, etc. impact local communities and Indigenous peoples, economies, and the ecosystems they depend on - and solutions can be developed for a more green and just path forward.

The intern will participate in the process of developing fundraising concepts and proposals and writing reports and policy positions. The intern will contribute to research, data analysis, and writing in support of WWF offices around the world carrying out action to address on the relationship between sustainable infrastructure and forest, freshwater, marine and wildlife conservation, justice and inclusion, and climate change mitigation and resilience. Infrastructure in this process includes natural/green/ecological infrastructure as well as human-engineered infrastructure (roads, railways, ports, dams, energy production and delivery systems, water management and delivery systems, etc.).


Internship Description:

  • Research domestic and global infrastructure issues and policies
  • Assist in drafting-project related documents such as fundraising concepts, reports, briefs, and presentations
  • Manage and organize information on a range of related infrastructure topics
  • Coordinate with relevant colleagues to share media across WWF
  • Assist in organizing virtual webinars

Learning Outcomes

In addition to gaining a deeper knowledge of the links between conservation, infrastructure and society, the intern will have the opportunity to build on their strengths and interests to better align their personal and professional goals, including:

  • Increased exposure to careers in conservation and sustainability
  • Cultivating a professional network across WWF
  • Integrating academic theory and practice
  • Further development of communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, collaboration, organizational, and leadership skills critical for job success


Skills and Abilities

Minimum Requirements:

  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills
  • Interest in and educational exposure to international development, infrastructure-related topics, conservation, natural resource management, environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Organized and self-motivated
  • Able to work both independently and in a team setting
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines


  • Pursuing either an Associates or Bachelors Degree program in the physical or social sciences, writing, environmental justice, engineering, international development, conservation, and related fields
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration


US Remote WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Wyoming.


Paid - $15 per hour (35 hours per week)

One time stipend net $100

How to apply: Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers Page, Requisition #BR-11 no later than May 23rd , 2021, 11:59 PM EST. If selected for the role, you will need to provide 2 letters of recommendation as part of the WWF application process.


Posted: 2021-05-17 Expires: 2021-06-18

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