IN-17057 Marine Social Science Intern


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Forest Social Science Intern. 


Internship Description:

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an integral component of local, national, and international strategies for biodiversity conservation. The impact of MPAs on local communities is the focus of a contentious policy debate. Under certain conditions, MPAs can provide both biodiversity and social benefits, while in other settings tradeoffs exist between biodiversity conservation and social welfare. To inform this debate, WWF and its partners are monitoring the social impacts of marine protected areas in the Coral Triangle.  We are looking for a motivated intern to assist in the analysis and interpretation of our coastal livelihoods data.


Internship responsibilities will include:

  • Statistical analysis of quantitative social science data, including descriptive statistics, and developing appropriate statistical models.
  • Developing written reports, policy briefs, and other materials communicating scientific findings to multiple audiences.
  • Developing manuals and other guidance documents to allow other scientists to adopt or adapt our methods.


This internship is an excellent opportunity to interact with scientists in WWF-US and around the world; gain exposure to a wide range of conservation science and policy issues; and inform adaptive management of marine protected areas.


Minimum Requirements:

The successful applicant will have a Bachelor or Master’s degree in natural or social science with a demonstrated interest in biodiversity conservation. This position requires strong data management and statistical analysis skills, with demonstrated experience handling social science datasets. Good written and verbal communication skills are essential.  Demonstrated experience with statistical analysis (e.g., general linear models, mixed models) in R is essential. Knowledge of Microsoft Access and Adobe InDesign is desirable. The successful applicant will be able to work independently, as well as part of an international, interdisciplinary team. 


This position requires eligibility to work in the United States. This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Also, student must be currently enrolled, and able to receive university credit for the position.


Internship dates: The Marine Social Science Intern is a three-month position, beginning May 2017.



Unpaid. For all unpaid internships, applicants must be enrolled in school and be able to obtain academic course credit from their university.


Due Date for CV and Cover Letter:  March 15th, 2017.


How to apply: Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers page. , IN-17057


* 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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