The Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN)
GFTN is one of World Wildlife Fund’s initiatives to transform the global marketplace into a force for saving the world’s most valuable and threatened forests. First established in 1991, it provides assistance to approximately 270 strategically selected forest product buyer and supplier companies from across the spectrum of the forest products sector that are committed to implementing best practices in the areas of responsible forest management and wood/paper sourcing. The GFTN-North America (GFTN-NA) program engages with leading U.S. and Canadian companies to help them avoid unwanted fiber sources and progressively increase the proportion of Forest Stewardship Council- certified forest products within their supply chains. More information on GFTN is available at www.gftn.panda.org.
The GFTN-NA program in Washington, DC seeks a spring semester intern to conduct literature research and summarize/synthesize data related to the supply-chain and trade flows of pulp and paper products globally, with emphasis in Asia. The intern’s research will support the development of tools and guidance documents to help pulp and paper products buyers identify and mitigate risks associated with irresponsibly sourced wood fiber. Additionally, the intern will also assist on the development of country profiles, which will identify environmental concerns and respective key performance indicators of different paper products and fiber sources, including non-wood fibers such as bamboo and agricultural waste.
- Bachelor’s degree required; student pursuing a Master’s degree in a related field is preferred, such as forestry, forest products trade, supply chain management, business, natural resource management, pulp and paper
- Familiarity with forest products, trade flows, market trends, supply chain management, business helpful
- Exceptional research and analytical skills, and attention to detail
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to think strategically and creatively to achieve internship goals
- Strong ability to develop and move tasks and projects forward with independence, while also working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team and organization
- Strong organization and time management skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
- Strong interest in conservation and WWF’s mission
Duration: Feb 2013 to end of March 2013
Location: Washington DC
Stipend: Unpaid. Only enrolled students are eligible for this internship as you must be able to receive academic credit from your current academic institution.
How to apply: Please email a resume & cover letter with the subject line “Internship Application” to Keila Hand at email@example.com.