| March 14, 2024

Impact Investing Graduate Intern

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Website World Wildlife Fund

Overview

WWF Overview

For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, 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.

 

BRIDGE – Building Relationships, Inclusivity, Diversity, Growth, and Excellence

WWF’s diversity-focused internship program, BRIDGE, aims 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 

WWF Impact provides catalytic capital to early-stage companies operating within the food system to accelerate and advance WWF’s ambitious conservation goals. We have three distinct strategies that target aquaculture, food circularity, and regenerative agriculture. The Impact Investing Graduate intern will support refinement of impact metrics and dive deep into a few key components of our investment theses. This intern will play a role in shaping WWF Impact’s metrics dashboard and contribute to thought leadership across the portfolio. Additionally, the intern will contribute to deal screening, diligence, and daily fund operations. This position affords the opportunity to work across both our interdisciplinary investment team and the broader WWF network in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

Responsibilities

  • Inform the design of company impact evaluation and tracking tools to help with company screening and portfolio management.
  • Conduct research and contribute opinions on best practices in impact evaluation using internal and external resources.
  • Develop and present self-guided research on industry trends.
  • Quickly learn and remain updated on venture capital, impact investing, agriculture, food circularity, and aquaculture topics.
  • Contribute to pipeline tracking and fund management procedures.
  • Aid in the evaluation and screening of potential investments.

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:  

  • Pursuing a graduate program. Must be an actively enrolled student and not received degree at time of internship start date (June 17, 2024).
  • An interest in agriculture, aquaculture, or food circularity in addition to impact investing.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Willingness to learn and pick up new concepts and trends quickly.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft office.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values:

COURAGE – We demonstrate courage through our actions, we work for change where it’s needed, and we inspire people and institutions to tackle the greatest threats to nature and the future of the planet, which is our home.
INTEGRITY – We live the principles we call on others to meet. We act with integrity, accountability and transparency, and we rely on facts and science to guide us and to ensure that we learn and evolve.
RESPECT – We honor the voices and knowledge of people and communities that we serve, and we work to secure their rights to a sustainable future.
COLLABORATION – We deliver impact at the scale of the challenges we face through the power of collective action and innovation.
Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Experience in aquaculture, food circularity, or agriculture is a plus
  • Background in finance, accounting, or venture capital

Learning Outcomes 

  • Deeper understanding of emerging technologies in aquaculture, food circularity, and regenerative agriculture markets.
  • Experience conducting interviews with experts in the aquaculture, food circularity, and agriculture fields, and with early-stage founders.
  • Deeper proficiency in using tools such as AirTable, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of the venture capital process from deal screening to close.
  • Experience sharing research findings verbally in a public setting.

WWF interns will be provided a set of professional development opportunities, aimed at increasing their exposure to conservation and sustainability careers. This includes:

  • Development discussions with their manager;
  • Up to two online courses through Cornell University’s eCornell program;
  • Speed mentoring with different WWF teams;
  • Opportunity to present their work to intern peers and WWF staff;
  • Session on resume and interviewing best practices.

To apply for this job please visit careers-wwfus.icims.com.