Local recruitment: Fisheries Conflict Graduate Intern

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

Overview

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 

The Fisheries Conflict Graduate Intern will work with the Oceans Futures team to develop a data-driven case study of fisheries conflicts in one of our priority seascapes. The work will include the following three work streams. First, they will work with the team to code media reports of fisheries conflicts, following a standardized protocol. This will include reading newspaper and magazine stories, identifying and coding conflict events, and producing basic descriptive statistics of the results. Second, they will produce a written analysis of the conflicts in the context of the coded data, while expanding the report to include qualitative analysis and recommendations. Third, they will create a proposal for a multi-media approach to visualizing and marketing the case study, both on the OceansFutures.org website and for social media engagement. The Intern may also collaborate with the team on climate or conflict data analysis and assessment of blue food security risks around the globe. 

Responsibilities

Internship Description: 

  • Conduct primary database creation for fisheries conflict events. 
  • Conduct basic statistical analysis of fisheries data (including climate, stock, and/or conflict data).
  • Write short memos, blogs, or social media posts. 
  • Write a case study report. 

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:  

  • Must be an actively enrolled student and not received degree at time of internship start date. 
  • Pursuing a non-doctoral Graduate program. 
  • Background (degree) in environmental science, biology, natural resources, or in international relations, security studies, or political science. Those with degrees outside of these fields still highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Basic knowledge of spreadsheets. 
  • Basic descriptive statistical methods and graphing (Excel-based is appropriate). 
  • 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:  

  • Strong writing skills. 
  • Experience with social or mixed media in a professional context. 

Learning Outcomes 

  • Proficiency in event data coding and using quantitative data sets to make strong inference about ocean conservation outcomes. 
  • Experience presenting quantitative data in graphical format. 
  • Deep understanding of the role of peace and security issues in marine fisheries and the way geopolitics may influence ocean conservation. 
  • Experience with science communication and turning technical data into interesting and relatable stories to drive awareness and interest in the topic. 

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.  

Location: 

US-DC-Washington  

Compensation: 

Paid – $21 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-2322. 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.  


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