U.S. Government Relations Summer 2018 Intern (2 positions)

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Washington, DC, US


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a U.S. Government Relations Summer 2018 Intern. The U.S. Government Relations Department of the World Wildlife Fund is seeking part-time to full-time interns for policy research, analysis, and outreach. Given the diversity of issues that the USGR staff covers, research and analysis may entail working with legislation, regulations, and potentially court cases. By contrast research, analysis, and support may include assessment of government agencies’ roles, policies, and positions on issues relating to WWF’s mission, or writing of brief materials about U.S. government agencies. Outreach may entail covering congressional hearings and markups, preparing and attending congressional, administration, and/or NGO coalition briefings. Subject matter will cover many of the issues in which WWF is involved, including biodiversity conservation (e.g., endangered species and habitat protection), natural resource management (e.g., fisheries, forestry, and agriculture), environment and security, climate change, and energy.


Internship Description:

  • Research, writing, and analysis on various topics which may include food and water security, foreign assistance, marine issues (fisheries and ocean acidification), species, and climate change, as well as USAID specific topics
  • Legislative tracking and research
  • Attend congressional hearings and briefings, and NGO coalition meetings
  • Outreach to Capitol Hill and the Administration on legislation and rulemaking


Minimum Requirements:

Only enrolled students are eligible for this internship as you must be able to receive academic credit from your current academic institution. Student is able to work either part time or full time, depending on class schedule and availability. Please note: This internship is for the Summer 2018 semester.

  • Undergraduate student
  • Interest in conservation and international development issues
  • Interest and willingness to learn about Capitol Hill, the Administration (specifically USAID, U.S. State Department, and Millennium Challenge Corporation), and other non-governmental organizations
  • Strong research skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, collaboratively, and independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills crucial for developing working relationships, internally and externally
  • Strong organizational skills and self-motivated
  • Attention to detail