Supply Chain Research Intern

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Supply Chain Research Intern.


Internship Description:


This internship provides an opportunity to improve research and project coordination skills in a professional setting, gain knowledge about companies and environmental issues, and contribute to WWF’s mission. The intern will work closely with members of WWF’s Private Sector Engagement team. The work will involve research on the impacts of agricultural and mineral commodity production and sourcing regions, and analyzing environmental, social and business risks within the supply chain of WWF partner companies. The internship also provides the opportunity to interact with representatives from US & European companies as well as WWF’s global network.


Specific duties will include:


  • Researching the production practices of agricultural and mineral commodities and the socio-economic state of the countries from which they are sourced;
  • Assisting with the assessment of  environmental, social, economic and supply risks associated with commodity sourcing;
  • Creating reports and presentations based on the analyses;
  • Identifying new data sources and ensuring high data quality;
  • Interfacing with a database of commodity and geographical information;
  • Coordinating with other members of the WWF Private Sector Engagement and Markets teams; and
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Requirements:


  • Current or recent graduate student in a relevant field such as environmental science, natural resources, agriculture & rural development, sustainable development, international environmental policy, or business are preferred; highly qualified undergraduate students may be considered;
  • Availability to work full-time (35 hours per week) starting in May;
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, as well as attention to detail are obligatory;
  • Ability to work productively on both independent research assignments and as part of a team;
  • Proactive problem-solving and good communication skills (written and verbal) are obligatory;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the environmental impacts of agriculture or mining, agribusiness and the food industry, rural development issues, corporate sustainability strategy, and economics is preferred;
  • Experience in geosciences (geology, geological engineering) is helpful
  • Skills in Excel, Power Point and Microsoft Word are obligatory; other programs (e.g. GIS, Microsoft Access, reference management software) and/or programming experience is helpful;
  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of foreign languages (e.g. Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, or Chinese) is a plus.


Washington, DC