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BR-21 Multilateral Institutions Biodiversity Strategy Intern

WWF Washington, DC
Washington, DC 20037
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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.

Internships at WWF

WWF's internship program vision is 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.

Internship Job Title

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world's leading conservation organizations, seeks a Multilateral Institutions Biodiversity Strategy Intern

Position Summary

WWF seeks an intern during the summer of 2021 to review and evaluate the biodiversity strategies of multilateral institutions with the objective to influence billions of dollars in development aid. The position will report to the Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships and Multilateral Engagement, a member of WWF's senior management team and head of WWF's Global Partnerships and Multilateral Engagement department.

The Global Partnerships and Multilateral Engagement (GPME) department manages relationships, directly and through our global network of offices, with multilateral institutions including the World Bank, IFC, InterAmerican Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, UN Food & Agriculture Organization, UNDP and UNEP among others. These institutions are essential donors to a variety of development causes including health, infrastructure, energy, agricultural development and education. They are also essential partners for WWF as demonstrated through a long history of partnership and collaboration around forest conservation, coastal and marine conservation, protected area management, environmental and social safeguards and a range of other approaches to conserve biodiversity for the benefit of local communities. For many years, WWF's expertise in biodiversity conservation has been sought by multilateral institutions to strengthen their core development offerings by taking into account the impact of their programming decisions on biodiversity resources.

There is an accelerating trend by development donors to produce their own institutional strategies for biodiversity conservation. WWF views this trend positively overall as it indicates the increasing importance of biodiversity conservation to the global development agenda. However this trend also presents potential challenges for WWF, potentially increasing competition for conservation resources or blurring the comparative advantage that different organizations bring to our shared commitment to assist countries to meet sustainable development goals.


  • Research 8-12 multilateral development banks and institutions to determine the status of their biodiversity conservation approaches and strategies, including how biodiversity is affecting the shape and scope of their investments. Together these institutions are responsible for programming tens of billions of dollars in development assistance to countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Identify within their strategies spaces for WWF to make concrete contributions, including aligning traditional development investments with biodiversity conservation, facilitating the uptake of new investment approaches or products, developing biodiversity metrics to use in conjunction with their traditional development metrics, deploying screening tools and/or methods to ensure that traditional development investments do no harm and maintain intact the most important sites for biodiversity conservation worldwide, identify opportunities to go further with their strategies to become nature positive.
  • Evaluating where WWF's work to reduce zoonotic disease spillover intersects with the development sector's ongoing health and agricultural development work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Deep knowledge of the global development sector and the leading institutions that comprise major flows of development assistance.
  • Strategic insight into the intersection or gaps between development assistance and biodiversity conservation
  • Identification of best practices for incorporating biodiversity conservation into development programming and the role that WWF can play to accelerate positive trends.


  • Pursuing either a Bachelor's Degree program in International Development, Finance, Natural Resource Management, Conservation Policy, or related field
  • Excellent research skills
  • Organized and self-motivated
  • Fluency in English. Second language of Spanish or French preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, experience with multimedia design and training software is helpful
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration


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


Paid - $15 per hour (35 hours per week)

One time stipend net $100

How to apply: Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers Page, Requisition #BR-21 no later than May 23rd , 2021, 11:59 PM EST. If selected for the role, you will need to provide 2 letters 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.

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.



Posted: 2021-05-18 Expires: 2021-06-18
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