BR-2239 Climate and Business Undergraduate Intern
World Wide Fund for Nature
Washington, DC, United States
13 days ago
WWF’s 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.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Climate-Business intern to join the Climate & Business team this summer to contribute to our work. This work includes helping companies to set and implement Science-Based Targets (including Net Zero), navigate the complexities of climate-related claims, explore opportunities to go beyond these targets and invest in nature-based solutions, and to support ambitious climate-related policy. The team works with businesses both one on one and through the Climate Business Network CBN), a global collaboration of 23 Fortune 500 companies. The intern will be integrated into the Climate & Business team, with the opportunity to participate in our monthly calls with corporate sustainability teams, as well as monthly CBN community calls. This will provide the candidate with significant exposure to key issues of corporate climate engagement.
- Review greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, sustainability reports, and CDP disclosures of WWF Climate Business Network corporate partners and update/maintain CBN partner database.
- Synthesize publicly available information on WWF Climate Business Network partner scope 3 (value chain) GHG emissions reduction activities and identify opportunities for cross-partner collaboration.
- Review public disclosures and survey Climate Business Network partners to identify, catalog, and quantify existing beyond value chain emissions mitigation activities, including carbon credit purchases and nature-based solutions investments.
- Help to construct short case studies of two to three companies that are accounting for Forest, Land and Agriculture (FLAG) emissions and setting FLAG targets for the first time through the new Science-Based Targets initiative methodology developed by WWF. Questions to be answered could include: What is the process? Where does the data come from and how accurate is it? What are the major hurdles in target setting/implementation?
- Assist in development of strategy and materials for three Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi) FLAG training events for companies. Companies with land-related emissions have new requirements to set targets related to these emissions. What do they need to know to start the process? What are the key pieces of information to have on hand? How do they use the guidance and tool? These sessions will be ‘deep dive’ trainings on setting FLAG targets.
- Pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s program in any field of study, though environmental studies or a related field would provide the candidate helpful background. Those studying outside these areas are still highly encouraged to apply.
- Will not have received their degree by June 2022
- Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills
- Organized and self-motivated with attention to detail
- 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.
- An interest in or curiosity about the role that corporations, their suppliers and customers can play in addressing the climate crisis.
This internship will provide the candidate with a broad introduction to corporate sustainability as it relates to climate change, including how companies set targets, work to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and partner with NGOs.
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 sessions;
- Opportunity to present their work to intern peers and WWF staff;
- Session on resume and interviewing best practices.
Please note that WWF does not provide VISA sponsorship to interns
US Remote – WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wyoming.
- Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #BR-2239
- Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone
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. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.