World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Food Loss & Waste Corporate Engagement Intern for its Food Waste program.
The production and consumption of food constitutes the biggest environmental threat to our planet. Eliminating waste and shifting consumption patterns represents our biggest opportunity to establish sustainable and regenerative food systems. Addressing food waste across food supply chains (from farm, to field, to landfill) is not only critical for the environment, but also companies’ financial sustainability.
WWF’s Food Waste program is focused on institutionalizing food waste reduction efforts and behavior change with private and public-sector partners. We accomplish this by convening science-based, multi-stakeholder groups to build awareness and consensus around urgent food waste issues and trends; and develop innovative interventions and strategies to accelerate change at scale.
This position offers a unique educational experience to gain experience in both nonprofit and corporate sustainability work, with a specific focus on food waste prevention and recovery. Candidates will be prioritized who are looking to further their career in corporate sustainability leadership. This role will work directly with the Director and the senior staff of the Food Waste program to support project management, communication, research, content development, and new pilot projects for the team’s private sector initiatives—especially in the hospitality and the food retail industries.
- Project and relationship management – Assisting relationship management and communication activities, including project management support of major initiatives with corporate partners, peer NGOs, government agencies, and other key internal and external partners.
- External meeting support – Attending calls and meetings with WWF staff and corporate partners, compiling notes as necessary and summarizing action items in collaboration with Supervisor.
- Content development – Aiding the creation and improvement of materials like presentations and slide decks, reports, talking points, blog posts, case studies, digital content, and social media copy.
- Data analysis – Analyzing data from multiple sources including food costs, sales data (POS), waste disposal, composting, anaerobic digestion, and weights & measures from food waste pilot programs.
- Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration
- Able to commit to 40 hours/week for at least 6 months (with opportunity for extension to 1 year)
- Experience in hospitality and retail sectors preferred (but not required)
- Must have very strong proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook), and creating customer-facing presentations
- Data analysis experience preferred
- Proactive and creative problem-solving
- Strong writing skills
- Strong research and analytical skills, as well as attention to detail are obligatory
- Ability to work productively on both independent research assignments and as part of a team
- Fluency in English is required
Applicants from nontraditional career paths, transitioning into this field, and pursuing higher education degrees are encouraged to apply.
- Diversity is an essential element to a thriving, functional ecosystem, just as it is to humanity—diversity enables innovation, complexity, beauty, wonder, and resilience.
- The long history of discrimination, prejudice and exploitation of differences, in the United States and around the world, has led to deeply embedded injustices and inequalities in structures, institutions, and mindsets (both conscious and unconscious) that must be acknowledged and addressed to advance justice and equity today.
- We commit to a culture of learning and growth, in which we strive to understand and address our intrinsic biases and inspire our colleagues to do the same. This commitment includes being self-reflective, open to respectful and constructive feedback, and eager to learn about areas of growth and improvement. We commit to fostering space internally to facilitate courageous conversations in a safe, compassionate, and respectful way.
- We commit to leverage our position as conservationists and conveners to elevate, make space for, and emphasize historically underrepresented voices and perspectives with humility, openness to learning and recognition of complexity and nuance, especially related to culture and power dynamics.
- Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #IN-21044
- Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone
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. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.