BR-2321 Ocean Markets Assessment Undergraduate Intern

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WWF Overview

For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, 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.


BRIDGE – Building Relationships, Inclusivity, Diversity, Growth, and Excellence

WWF’s diversity-focused internship program, BRIDGE, aims 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.


Position Summary

WWF-US is working with partners to co-create nature-positive seascape solutions that drive climate adaptation and resilience, food and livelihood security, peace and security, and healthy oceans outcomes in the Arctic, Latin America, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. Achieving nature-positive seascapes will require interventions based on science and technology, community support, integrated management systems, enforcement, laws, and policies as well as a revolution in how the private sector, including finance, approaches the health of the oceans. The private sector can have a big impact—positively or negatively—on ocean health, WWF-US will be working to support ocean based sectors impacting our nature positive seascapes to consider their nature footprint, including where they physically build infrastructure and operate in the marine environment, place emphasis on green and blue infrastructure over gray alternatives in their business practices, and make investments in the countries and geographies they will monetize for decades to come. Our focus sectors are seafood, coastal development, marine renewables, and shipping.


The Ocean Markets Assessment Undergraduate Intern would conduct research using existing and new data sources and analyses to identify target companies and other actors for engagement within the priority seascapes: Bristol Bay and the Bering Strait in the US Arctic region, Ecuador in the Eastern Pacific, Madagascar in the Southwest Indian Ocean, and Fiji in the Southwest Pacific. This will include identifying which corporate actors are the most influential in each sector (seafood, coastal development, marine renewables, and shipping) for each priority seascape and globally. As well as possibly investigating market trade flows for these companies to understand where demand pressure can be placed.


Internship Description:


  • Conduct research using existing and new data sources and analyses, to identify target companies and other actors for engagement within the priority seascapes: Bristol Bay and the Bering Strait in the US Arctic region, Ecuador in the Eastern Pacific, Madagascar in the Southwest Indian Ocean, and Fiji in the Southwest Pacific.
  • Interview and gather information from seascape network offices, Arctic team, Private Sector Engagement and Markets teams about past market engagement and/or market and industry impacts on priority conservation areas for target seascapes.
  • Synthesize results and develop report on findings on which corporate actors are the most critical players in each of those focus sectors by the four-priority seascape (and globally).
  • Lay out plans for how to investigate market trade flows of those critical companies to understand where demand pressure can be placed.


Minimum Requirements:


  • Must be an actively enrolled student and not received degree at time of internship start date.
  • Pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s program, in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Markets. Those studying outside of these fields are still highly encouraged to apply.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a matrixed team environment.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to monitor and analyze new technical information, policy development issues, and trends related to industry/ocean sectors and advises involvement or consideration accordingly.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
  • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
  • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
  • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
  • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience in other work-related collaborative platforms, in addition to Microsoft Office.
  • Experience in market-based research.
  • Additional language skills (Spanish) preferred.
  • Strong understanding of corporates operating in key sectors: seafood, coastal development, marine renewables, and shipping.


Learning Outcomes


  • Understanding of ocean industries and market information.
  • Government and non-governmental data platforms and resources.
  • Knowledge on major companies operating in oceans, their purchasing and operation. trends and patterns of some of the largest corporates in the world.
  • Traceability and supply chain transparency.
  • Ability to connect with foreign offices.


WWF interns will be provided a set of professional development opportunities, aimed at increasing their exposure to conservation and sustainability careers. This includes:


  • Development discussions with their manager;
  • Up to two online courses through Cornell University’s eCornell program;
  • Speed mentoring with different WWF teams;
  • Opportunity to present their work to intern peers and WWF staff;
  • Session on resume and interviewing best practices.


Interns will also have access to an array of networking opportunities. This includes meetings with WWF’s CEO, the senior management team, Employee Resource Groups, and representatives from other departments.






Paid – $17 per hour (full-time, 35 hours per week)


Internship Dates:

Internship will run from June 5, 2023 to August 11, 2023


How to Apply:


Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers page, Requisition# BR-2321. In your cover letter, please describe your relevant skills and experience for this position and include a discussion of 1) how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and 2) what you hope to gain from the internship.


If selected for the role, you will need to provide 1 letter 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.


WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.


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.