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BR-26 Plastics & Material Science Intern

World Wildlife Fund
Washington, DC 20001
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BR-26 Plastics & Material Science Intern

Type: Short Term (Fixed Term)
# of Openings: 1
WWF Washington, DC


WWF Overview

For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the worlds 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

WWFs 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 worlds leading conservation organizations, seeks a Plastics & Material Science Intern.


Internship Description

This internship provides an opportunity to improve research and project coordination skills in a professional setting, gain knowledge about companies and environmental issues, and contribute to WWFs mission. The intern will work closely with members of WWFs Private Sector Engagement team. The work will involve research in projects related to responsible sourcing, packaging and material sustainability, and waste management / responsible materials management. The internship also provides the opportunity to interact with representatives from US & European companies as well as WWFs global network.

Skills and Abilities

Minimum Requirements:

  • Excellent research, analytical, communications and project management skills required

  • Scientifically minded, analytical thinker, effective communicator, attention to detail are required

  • Ability to meet deadlines and work independently and as part of a team on multiple projects in a dynamic, fast-paced environment

  • Proactive problem-solving and good communication skills (written and verbal) are obligatory

  • Demonstrated familiarity with the environmental impacts of supply chains and corporate sustainability strategy is preferred

  • Skills in Excel, Power Point, Microsoft Word required

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding related to packaging and material sustainability and build skills in creating deliverables in the form of reports, presentations, etc.

  • Deepen understanding of responsible material management, plastic pollution, circular material systems and waste management

  • Gain experience in corporate engagement and decision-making on plastic sustainability issues

  • Build skills engaging with WWF Private Sector Engagement and goal teams on cross-cutting projects and topics


  • Pursuing either an Associates or Bachelors Degree program in conservation, sustainability, environmental science, supply chain, logistics, waste management

  • Excellent research skills

  • Attention to detail

  • Organized and self-motivated

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • 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-26 no later than May 17th, 2021, 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 applicants race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.


Posted: 2021-05-13 Expires: 2021-06-14

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