This internship provides an opportunity to improve research and project coordination skills in a professional setting, gain knowledge about how companies are tackling environmental issues, work on a publicly facing tool/website, and contribute to WWF’s mission. The intern will work closely with members of WWF’s Agriculture department and Markets program. The work will involve research on the impacts of agricultural commodity production and sourcing regions; provide support to the roll-out of an online framework designed to assist companies in assessing these impacts; and assisting in the development and execution of a methodology to assess water-related risks of agricultural production on a landscape level.
Specific duties will include:
Researching the production practices of agricultural commodities and the socio-economic state of the countries from which they are sourced;
Assisting with the assessment of environmental, social, economic and supply risks associated with commodity sourcing;
Assisting in providing technical support to both internal and external users during the launch of a new website designed to collect and distribute supply risk analyses
Assisting in diagnosing and troubleshooting issues that arise in the operation of the website
Assisting with the creation of a MS Excel/ArcGIS based tool to calculate a high level water risk associated with agricultural crop and livestock production
Working with both WWF staff and external partners to identify the best/most comprehensive indicators of agricultural production water dependency and water quality/ecosystem impacts.
Develop datasets of floods, droughts, agricultural water use, etc. from ArcGIS maps.
Other duties as needed.
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, preferred) for 3 to 6 months;
Ability to work on site in Washington DC;
Ability to start in January 2014
;Excellent research, writing, technical and analytical skills, as well as attention to detail are obligatory;
Ability to work well independently 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, economics and the dependencies and impacts of agricultural production on water supplies/systems is preferred;
Skills in Excel, Power Point and Microsoft Word and ArcGIS are obligatory;
Skills in Microsoft Access, web development and programming and remote sensing are preferred;
Fluency in English is required; knowledge of foreign languages (e.g. Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, or Chinese) is a plus.
Paid or 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 send a resume and one page cover letter to Matt McFall with the subject line “Agriculture Supply Chain Internship” at email@example.com
* Please note that WWF does not provide VISA sponsorship to interns
Please email a cover letter and resume/CV to the contact individual listed for each project, with “INTERNSHIP” and the relevant internship number listed in the subject line.