WWF Washington, DC IN-18055 Participatory Research Intern in Washington, District Of Columbia

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Participatory Research Intern to join the Global Science team.

In an increasingly complex world, conservation planning and evaluation approaches are evolving to address the diverse challenges modern conservation challenges present. Part of this evolution includes developing meaningful ways to bring diverse perspectives, especially those of marginalized groups, into planning, implementation, and evaluation processes.

Participatory research methods and tools both from academia and applied sectors such as development and public health have been shown to foster co-production of knowledge, social learning, and trust building, all helping to create opportunities for more equitable decision-making based on robust local knowledge. As conservation planning and evaluation approaches continue to evolve, there is ample room to learn from methods already put in practice across different sectors and research disciplines.

Internship Description:

We are looking for a motivated intern to carry out a broad review of tools, methods, and approaches to participatory research to help inform best practice for participatory research at WWF and in conservation practice.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting a scientific and grey literature review of participatory research case examples, toolkits and methodologies

  • Develop communication materials that summarize key findings from the review targeted to conservation practitioners

This internship is an excellent opportunity to interact with scientists and program staff at WWF; and gain exposure to a wide range of conservation science and policy issues.

Minimum Requirements:

The successful applicant must be currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program with a demonstrated interest in participatory research, biodiversity conservation and/or development studies. This position requires a strong degree of comfort navigating transdisciplinary research. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential, and experience with graphic design desirable. The successful applicant will be able to work independently, as well as part of an interdisciplinary team.

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

The position will start in late April/May 2018, and run for a duration of 12 weeks


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.

https://careers-wwfus.icims.com/jobs/search , IN-18055

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

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.

External Company URL: www.wwfus.org