IN-24034 Critical Minerals Intern, WWF-US

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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Critical Minerals Intern, WWF-US.

For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the world’s 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.

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.

The Critical Minerals Intern will work with the program leads at WWF-US to shape the strategy and implementation of our work in accelerating renewable energy deployment in the US and abroad.

The intern will support in developing a theory of change around minimizing the impact on people and nature from the sourcing of materials (critical minerals) needed for clean energy technologies. Depending on the intern’s interests and skills, responsibilities could include mapping the landscape of private sector players in the critical minerals space, quantifying the impacts to landscapes and communities, developing nature- and community-minded mitigation strategies, etc. The intern will also support the development of an implementation plan to support the deployment of WWF-US’s critical minerals strategy.
  • Support in the compilation of research into the scale and scope of critical minerals needed to support the clean energy transition (i.e., minerals for batteries, electricity transmission, etc.) and the physical and social impacts the extraction and transformation of these resources could have on nature and local communities.
  • Support in analyzing the opportunities for reuse and recycling of critical materials for RE deployment with the goal of minimizing the impacts of mineral extraction.
  • Present findings from research in a manner that is engaging and digestible.
  • Support in building a strategy that will guide WWF-US’s future work on critical minerals for the clean energy transition.
  • Provide support to team in developing and implementing that strategy, including through partnerships both in the US and globally through the CleanAction Coalition.
  • Seeking current graduate students or recently graduated.
  • Ability to conduct research on global requirements for minerals to support the clean energy transition and provide analysis on physical and social impacts of mineral extraction, shipping, and manufacturing.
  • Organizational skills including meeting and agenda planning; task follow up, presentation of materials, and time management.
  • Ability to analyze data sets and draw conclusions from the information.
  • General knowledge regarding energy generation and RE deployment.
  • Strong team skills; comfortable working across organizational boundaries, actively participating in discussions and sharing ideas and insights.
  • Strong communication skills including both written and verbal skills.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values:
    • COURAGE – We demonstrate courage through our actions, we work for change where it’s needed, and we inspire people and institutions to tackle the greatest threats to nature and the future of the planet, which is our home.
    • INTEGRITY – We live the principles we call on others to meet. We act with integrity, accountability and transparency, and we rely on facts and science to guide us and to ensure that we learn and evolve.
    • RESPECT – We honor the voices and knowledge of people and communities that we serve, and we work to secure their rights to a sustainable future.
    • COLLABORATION – We deliver impact at the scale of the challenges we face through the power of collective action and innovation.
Paid, Part-time - $21 per hour for 15-20 hours per week.

US–DC–Washington OR US Remote – WWF employs interns in all states except Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Wyoming. All candidates must be available to work Eastern Standard time.

Internship Dates:
April through June 2024
Application Deadline: April 8, 2024

If selected for the role, you will need to provide 1 letter of recommendation as part of the WWF application process.

  • Please note that interns must have U.S. work authorization that does not require sponsorship of a visa.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #IN-24034
  • 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.