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BR-01 Indigenous Rights & River Policy Protections Intern

WWF Washington, DC
Washington, DC 20037
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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 organization, 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.

Internships at WWF

WWF's internship program vision is 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

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world's leading conservation organizations seeks an Indigenous Rights & River Policy Protections Intern.


Internship Description

WWF is working to protect the world's remaining free flowing rivers and promote good water governance in shared river basins. As part of these efforts, WWF supports the use of locally-appropriate protections for rivers around the world. The Indigenous rights and river policy intern will undertake research to inform the Freshwater Team's understanding of how river protection mechanisms can best be designed to benefit both indigenous communities and rivers.

Potential research topics may include:

  • documenting the status of indigenous communities and land and water rights in a select set of river basins
  • analyzing the engagement of indigenous communities in selected examples of river protection mechanisms, as well as the impacts of those mechanisms on indigenous communities
  • consideration of ways to measure outcomes to rivers in places with strong indigenous land/water rights.

The intern will package the results into a final product and have the opportunity to present their findings.


  • Pursuing either an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree program
  • Interest in conservation, water resources, stakeholder engagement, community development, inclusive decision-making, international development, policy, and/or indigenous affairs
  • Excellent research skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organized and self-motivated
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfort working both independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration


US Remote WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Wyoming.


Paid - $15 per hour (35 hours per week)

One time stipend net $100

How to apply: Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers Page, Requisition #BR-01 by May 24th, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. If selected for the role, you will need to provide 2 letters 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.

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.


Posted: 2021-05-18 Expires: 2021-06-19

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