The goal of WWF-US is to measurably conserve 19 of the world’s most important natural places and significantly change global forces to protect the future of nature by 2020. The Business & Industry (B&I) department of WWF-US supports this goal by developing and managing WWF-US’s partnerships with companies, engaging companies on sustainability, and working across multiple departments such as marketing, forestry, fisheries, agriculture and aquaculture.
This project represents an important contribution that WWF is making to the work of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS). As a founding board organization, WWF leads various work streams associated with AWS. This position will provide an opportunity to look deeply into the value to private sector participants in the first truly vetted water stewardship standard while having a hand in articulating the benefits of the standard.
This internship provides an opportunity to improve research skills in a professional setting, gain knowledge about companies and environmental issues, and contribute to WWF’s mission.
The main focus of this internship will be to support the WWF team in its efforts to articulate the value of the new AWS standard. The project will focus on the research and development of answers to two main questions:
-How will the implementation of the AWS standard benefit a company in terms of annual revenues, shareholder value, risk mitigation/management, etc.? i.e. gains seen by averting water risk, gaining efficiencies, etc.
-Value identification and quantification for those organizations who are assisting in the implementation of the AWS standard
The deliverable for this research project will be a short report of the quantitative and qualitative findings.
Because the intern is expected to work remotely, a strong candidate will have demonstrated project management skills, ability to meet tight deadlines, communication skills, and an established ability and desire to work independently.
- Professional and intellectual interest in the private sector/water valuation/conservation nexus
- 5-10 hrs a week for 12 weeks (internship may extend depending on early outcomes);
- Strong research skills, independent and self-directed, attention to detail are obligatory;
- Graduate degree candidate preferred, strong understanding of environment (esp. competencies in fluvial systems), economics and/or business;
- General MS office suite competencies.
Compensation: Unpaid. Must be enrolled in academic program for credit.
- Part-time, Winter 2013 semester.
- Flexible on start and end dates.
- 5-10 hours/week.
Email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 4, 2013