The Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) is World Wildlife Fund’s initiative to eliminate illegal logging and drive improvements in forest management, while transforming the global marketplace into a force for saving the world’s most valuable and threatened forests. First established in 1991, it is the world’s longest-running forest trade program of its kind, providing assistance to approximately 270 strategically selected buyers, suppliers and producers from across the spectrum of the forest products sector that are committed to demonstrating leadership and implementing best practices in the areas of responsible forest management and trade. The GFTN-North America (GFTN-NA) program engages with leading U.S. and Canadian companies to help them progressively increase the proportion of credibly certified forest products within their supply chains. GFTN-NA seeks a spring semester intern to assist with the development and dissemination of tools and resources to help wood products buyers reduce the risks of sourcing illegal or unsustainable timber from WWF Priority forest regions.
The intern will:
- Conduct interviews with GFTN managers and compile information on wood sourcing risks in specific countries to be uploaded to guidance documents for forest products buyers;
- Assist with a Continuing Education Unit course to raise awareness among architects and other professionals in the green building sector regarding responsible wood sourcing.
- Research and draft correspondence to selected target US companies regarding responsible wood sourcing from WWF Priority Regions
- Assist with global trade flow research for solid wood products
- 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
- 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
Unpaid. For all unpaid internships, applicants must be enrolled in school and be able to obtain academic course credit from their university.
How to apply: Please email a resume & cover letter with the subject line “Internship Application” to Amy Smith at email@example.com.