Overview

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks an Agriculture Sustainability Analyst Intern. This paid 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 and Freshwater & Food programs. The work will involve research on the impacts of agricultural commodity production and sourcing regions, and assist with analyzing environmental, social and business risks to financial investments or 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.

Responsibilities

Specific duties will include

  • Researching the production practices of agricultural commodities and the socio-economic state of the countries from which they are sourced;
  • Researching topics related to the sustainable production of materials, and packaging systems environmental impacts
  • Assisting in the development of tools and guidance documents for corporate partners
  • Assisting with the assessment of  environmental, social, economic and supply risks associated with commodity sourcing;
  • Creating reports and presentations based on these analyses;
  • Communicating results and connecting analysis to broader WWF mission;
  • Coordinating with external parties including companies and the WWF network;
  • Identifying new data sources and ensuring high data quality;
  • Interfacing with a database of commodity and geographical information; and
  • Coordinating with other members of the WWF Private Sector Engagement and Freshwater & Food teams.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements

  • Current or recent graduate student in a relevant field such as international environmental policy, natural resources, business, agriculture & rural development, environmental science, or sustainable development are preferred; highly qualified undergraduate students may be considered;
  • Full-time (35 hours per week) for ~3 months;
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, as well as attention to detail are obligatory;
  • Experience with managing research projects and interfacing with external partners is preferred;
  • 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, agribusiness and the food industry, rural development issues, corporate sustainability strategy, and economics is preferred;
  • 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.