Local recruitment: Aquaculture Impact Investment Undergraduate 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 organizations, 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. 

BRIDGE – Building Relationships, Inclusivity, Diversity, Growth, and Excellence 

WWF’s diversity-focused internship program, BRIDGE, aims 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 

Our group is focused on investing in companies that move the needle on global seaweed and shellfish farming, combining environmental benefits with economic opportunities. The intern will support the WWF Impact team by conducting research on emerging markets and technological opportunities in the global aquaculture sector. The intern will also have the opportunity to synthesize best available science to help the WWF Impact team align potential investment opportunities with conservation priorities. Potential projects could include: a characterization of regulatory environments in rapidly growing aquaculture markets that are conducive to further expansion of seaweed and shellfish farming, a review of ecosystem services from extractive marine aquaculture in varying environments, funding and financing gaps in nascent aquaculture industries, and a landscape scan of innovative hatchery/nursery and processing technology in the seaweed sector. Our investment work is designed to amplify WWF’s broader environmental conservation goals. The intern would help our team develop strategy and find new opportunities. 


Internship Description: 

  • Track portfolio company quarterly, annual, and sustainability impact reports. 
  • Organize and clean aquaculture company pipeline database. 
  • Assist with investment memo writing. 
  • Conduct market research, including regulatory, technological, social, and biological. 
  • Assist with WWF Impact communications. 


Minimum Requirements:  

  • Must be an actively enrolled student and not received degree at time of internship start date. 
  • Pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s program. 
  • Strong willingness to learn new skills and disciplines. 
  • Ability to work within a team setting. 
  • Ability to work and manage time independently. 
  • Interest in natural resource economics, aquaculture/fisheries, or marine policy. 
  • 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.  

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Experience conducting market or policy research. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office. 
  • Strong written and verbal skills. 

Learning Outcomes 

  • Deeper understanding of the Impact Investment landscape, with a focus on emerging opportunities in the seaweed and shellfish sectors. 
  • Improved writing and communication skills. 
  • Better knowledge of the NGO landscape, with a focus on WWF’s global conservation work and alignment with impact investment activity. 
  • Improved knowledge of the aquaculture regulatory, market, and technological landscape. 
  • Experience working across WWF Impact focus areas, including food circularity and regenerative agriculture. 
  • Experience synthesizing academic research, specifically in the field of marine science. 

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 with different WWF teams; 
  • Opportunity to present their work to intern peers and WWF staff; 
  • Session on resume and interviewing best practices. 

Interns will also have access to an array of networking opportunities. This includes meetings with WWF’s CEO, the senior management team, Employee Resource Groups, and representatives from other departments.  


US-DC-Washington or US-Remote: WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Wyoming. 


Paid – $17 per hour (full-time, 35 hours per week) 

Internship Dates: 

Internship will run from June 5, 2023 to August 11, 2023 

How to Apply: 

Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers pageRequisition# BR-2336. In your cover letter, please describe your relevant skills and experience for this position and include a discussion of 1) how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and 2) what you hope to gain from the internship. 

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

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

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.  

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.  




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development