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U.S. Government Relations Internship — Washington, D.C.

Organization: World Wildlife Fund

Job Title: U.S. Government Relations Internship

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours and Compensation: part/full time — unpaid (academic credit)

Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012

Position Dates: Winter/Spring 2013 flexible (Jan 2013 through May 2013)

Organization Overview

The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature


The U.S. Government Relations Department of the World Wildlife Fund is seeking part-time to full-time interns for policy research, analysis and outreach. Given the diversity of issues that the USGR staff covers, research and analysis may entail working with legislation, regulations, and potentially court cases. By contrast research, analysis and support may include assessment of government agencies’ roles, policies and positions on issues relating to WWF’s mission, or writing of brief materials about U.S. government agencies. Outreach may entail covering congressional hearings and markups, and preparing and attending congressional, administration and/or NGO coalition briefings. Subject matter will cover many of the issues in which WWF is involved, including biodiversity conservation (e.g., endangered species and habitat protection), natural resource management (e.g., fisheries, forestry and agriculture), climate change, and energy.


– Research, writing & analysis on various topics which may include food security, foreign assistance, marine issues (fisheries and ocean acidification), species and climate change, as well as USAID specific topics.

– Legislative tracking and research

– Attend Congressional hearings and briefings, and NGO coalition meetings

– Outreach to Capitol Hill and the Administration on legislation and rulemaking


– Interest in conservation and international development issues

– Interest and willingness to learn about Capitol Hill, the Administration (specifically USAID, U.S. State Department, and Millennium Challenge Corporation) and other non-governmental organizations.

– Excellent written and verbal communications skills

– Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, collaboratively and independently

– Strong interpersonal skills crucial for developing working relationships internally and externally

– Strong organizational skills

– Attention to detail

Only enrolled students are eligible for this internship as you must be able to receive academic credit from your current academic institution.

How to Apply

Please submit to AmericaMay.Pintabutr@WWFUS.ORG by November 30, 2012:

  • Resume;
  • Cover letter including availability; and
  • A short writing sample (can be 2-4 pages from a longer document)
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