The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) began in 1961 when a small but powerful group of European scientists, naturalists, business heads and political leaders banded together in response to a growing need for global conservation. Since then, WWF has evolved to include over one million members worldwide and has helped environmental and conservation efforts in over 13,100 projects across 157 countries. Some of its ongoing issues include climate change, toxic chemicals in the environment and endangered species preservation.
WWF accepts interns into many departments, including environmental education, global forest and trade, and its annual fund drive. Responsibilities and qualifications vary with each position, but may include scientific research, writing/editing, developing curricula, database and/or website maintenance, compiling information sheets and background detail and handling administrative tasks. Many interns are assigned to specific projects and work closely with WWF staff, and all participants attend weekly brown bag lectures and have contact with top scientists.
Open to recent college graduates and grad students majoring in science or environmental education, natural history, conservation biology or related fields. Program needs vary.
World Wildlife Fund, Human Resources
World Wildlife Fund
1250 24th Street NW
P.O. Box 97180
Washington, DC 20090-7180
Phone: (202) 293-4800
Number of Interns: Varies
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Stipend, Varies
Academic Level: Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students