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Rainforest Alliance Intern – Washington DC

Organization: Rainforest Alliance

Job Title: Agriculture and Climate Intern

Location: Washington DC

Hours and Compensation: minimum 14 hours/wk; unpaid

Application Deadline: none

Position Dates: January 15, 2013 – April 15, 2013

Posted On: Dec. 27, 2012

Organization Overview

The Rainforest Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.


This internship spans across two programs within Rainforest Alliance: the Sustainable Agriculture Division and the Climate Program. The Rainforest Alliance’s Climate Program works to conserve biodiversity and enhance livelihoods by supporting sustainable land management practices that allow communities to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Agriculture division works with farmers to ensure compliance with the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) standards for protecting wildlife, ecosystems, workers’ rights, and promoting the well-being of farmers, their families and communities. Farms that meet the SAN’s rigorous environmental, social and economic standards are awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal.


The intern will work on projects to support the advancement of Rainforest Alliance’s climate adaptation and mitigation strategy as related to agriculture. Projects may include: assessing climate adaptation/mitigation agricultural tools and guidance materials; supporting the development of marketing strategies to promote industry uptake of climate-smart agriculture approaches; and assisting with testing or piloting carbon/ climate related agricultural tools.

The Intern will have opportunity to work directly with Rainforest Alliance experts, participate in workshops and conferences related to internship topic and gain real-world knowledge of how NGOs are working to address climate change in the agricultural sector.

The internship is unpaid, however the intern may be eligible to earn academic credit.


Candidate should be pursuing graduate degrees that relate directly to sustainability in a science or business curriculum. Knowledge and interest in climate change and agriculture preferred. Candidate should have a strong work ethic and be able to work independently, possess strong analytical, research and time management skills, and be comfortable analyzing and interpreting technical and scientific documents. Candidate shall be able to work on a limited (and mutually agreed to) basis at the Rainforest Alliance office in Washington DC. Minimum time commitment of approximately 15 hours a week.

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