IN-17029 Disaster Response and Risk Reduction Intern


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a graduate intern to work part-time during the Spring 2017 semester for the Environment and Disaster Management (EDM) program. The EDM program works to ensure that disaster recovery, reconstruction and risk reduction efforts include environmentally responsible considerations. 


Internship Description


WWF is currently seeking a graduate intern with interest in disaster management, climate change adaptation, water resource management, conservation, development, and social media to support several work streams including:

  • Research and development of training and communications materials for a USAID funded project Natural and Nature-based Flood Management: A Green Guide (Flood Green Guide);  
  • Website development, communications, and promotion for the and the Guidelines and Green Recovery and Reconstruction Toolkit (GRRT) website and resource library; using social media and website platforms;
  • Research and analysis of disaster related events and examples of climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and resilience policies and practices

The intern will assist the technical team to:   

  1. Research and collect relevant literature, data, learning and practices for integration in to program planning and current multiple work streams;
  2. Maintain and update web based knowledge management and communication platform and assist with program communications;
  3. Assist with requests for assistance and development of learning sessions with internal/external collaborators;
  4. Use and manage social media platforms for Guidelines, training materials and research.


Education/Experience: A Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s Degree preferable, with related background experience in any combination of environmental, conservation sciences, urban planning, climate change, disaster/emergency management and/or development. Work in the non-profit sector is desirable.


Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent research and written/oral communications skills.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong computer skills, especially Microsoft Office, Word Press or other website platforms.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
  • Social media savvy; ability to develop social media presence.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Working knowledge of conservation, climate change adaptation, disaster management and risk reduction, and/or environmental policy is required.
  • A high-level of interpersonal communication skills is required.
  • The ability to work independently and effectively prioritize and work accurately under time constraints.


Washington, DC



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 submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers page. , IN-17029


* Please note that WWF does not provide VISA sponsorship to interns




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Formed in 1961 by a group of concerned biologists, WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization, supporting projects focused on saving wildlife species and their habitats. Now over 50 years old, WWF works in over 100 countries and is supported by more than 6 million members around the world—uniquely combining global reach, scientific innovation, and local action to meet the needs of people and nature.

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