Local recruitment: Environment and Disaster Management Intern

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸



WWF Overview

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.

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.

Position Summary

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organization seeks an Environment and Disaster Management (EDM) Intern for Spring 2023. The EDM program works to ensure that disaster recovery, reconstruction and risk reduction efforts include environmentally responsible considerations.   


Internship Description:

WWF is seeking applications from motivated students with interest in disaster management, climate change adaptation, water resource management, conservation, development, and/or communications to support several work streams including:

  • Supporting program website communications including web stories, videos, newsletters, and promotion using social media and website platforms.
  • Supporting the nature-based flood management program by assisting in the development of online trainings and with the implementation of youth oriented-engagement program.
  • Conducting literature research and developing case studies and research products related to environmentally responsible disaster risk reduction, recovery and reconstruction, nature-based solutions for flood management, and other EDM programs, as needed.

In addition, there may be opportunities to conduct research to explore the overlap between EDM programs and equity issues, and identify opportunities for new lines of work in climate and environmental justice.


Minimum Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree (completed or in process) is required, with focus in any combination of communications, environmental/natural resources management, conservation sciences, urban planning, climate change, disaster/emergency management and/or development.
  • Excellent research and written/oral communications skills.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong computer skills, especially Microsoft Office, Word Press or other website platforms.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple and simultaneous projects and work independently.
  • Curiosity, creative and innovative thinking.
  • A commitment to the mission, goals and values of WWF.
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & 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

  • Graduate degree and/or work experience in environmental/natural resources management, conservation sciences, urban planning, climate change, disaster/emergency management and/or development is preferred but not required.
  • Experience working with youth engagement programs and/or environmental justice-related topics is a plus.
  • Social media savvy: ability to develop social media presence.

Learning Outcomes

  • Further understanding of the relationship between environmental issues and disasters, including but not limited to environmentally responsible disaster risk reduction, recovery and reconstruction, nature-based approaches to flood management and natural resource management issues related to the built environment.
  • Strengthen research and communication skills.
  • Experience working in a dynamic, collaborative team.


Based in Washington DC preferred; remote option may be possible.

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


This a part-time internship (10 to 15 hours per week) for a duration of 3 months. Both paid and unpaid position are available, with the option of a part-time internship. For all unpaid internships, applicants must be enrolled in school and meet academic requirements from their university. $17 per hour for undergraduate students and $20 per hour for graduate students.

*Please note that WWF does not provide VISA sponsorship to interns

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.  

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #IN-23026
  • 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.




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