IN-17051 Commodities Finance Intern


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Commodities Finance Intern in the Food & Markets team. The successful candidate will work with the finance team based in New York, focusing on strategies to move capital markets towards financing the sustainable production of soft commodities.


This internship provides an opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate-level student to learn more about environmental sustainability, specifically in the area of soft commodities, by working with a team that is focused on researching and identifying financial data related to soft commodity production. 


Internship Description:


Specific duties will include: 

  • Conduct research on companies and producers involved in the market for soft commodities 
  • Gather and assess annual reports and publicly available data to assess financial institutions in the commodities space 
  • Compile and track key monitoring and evaluation indicators 
  • Research lending activities of key actors across the commodity finance value chain 
  • Create or contribute to reports and other materials on sustainable and environmental finance 
  • Data entry, validation and management 
  • Review relevant literature on business cases for sustainability with a specific focus on developing a process and system to catalog “Business Cases for Change” that have been compiled by various private and NGO research organizations on the benefits of shifting to sustainable production 
  • Provide logistical and administrative support as needed 



Minimum Requirements:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate (e.g. MBA, MPA) student  
  • Able to commit to 15-20 hours/week for ~3 months; 
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, as well as attention to detail are obligatory; 
  • Ability to read financial statements, financial modeling skills (e.g. cash flow analysis) an advantage; 
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental issues and ideally environmental finance; 
  • Proactive problem-solving and good communication skills (written and verbal) are obligatory; 
  • Ability to work productively on both independent research assignments and as part of a team; 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); 
  • Familiarity to with database research such as Bloomberg terminal is helpful; 
  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of foreign languages (e.g. Spanish, Portuguese) is a plus. 



Spring 2017 semester: New York / Washington DC / remote with ability to check in physically 



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-17051


* 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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