In-19051 Marine Social Science Intern

World Wildlife Fund Washington , DC 20319

Posted 8 months ago


Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an integral component of local, national, and international strategies for biodiversity conservation. The impact of MPAs on local communities is the focus of a contentious policy debate.

Under certain conditions, MPAs can provide both biodiversity and social benefits, while in other settings tradeoffs exist between biodiversity conservation and social welfare. To inform this debate, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and its partners are monitoring the social impacts of marine protected areas in the Coral Triangle. We are looking for a motivated intern to assist in the analysis and interpretation of our coastal livelihoods data.


Internship responsibilities will include:

  • Statistical analysis of quantitative social science data, including descriptive statistics, and developing appropriate statistical models.

  • Developing written reports, policy briefs, and other materials communicating scientific findings to multiple audiences.

  • Developing manuals and other guidance documents to allow other scientists to adopt or adapt our methods.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to interact with scientists in WWF-US and around the world; gain exposure to a wide range of conservation science and policy issues; and inform adaptive management of marine protected areas.


Minimum Requirements:

The successful applicant will have a Bachelor or Master's degree in a natural or social science with a demonstrated interest in biodiversity conservation. This position requires strong data management and statistical analysis skills, with demonstrated experience handling large social science datasets.

Demonstrated experience with statistical analysis (e.g., general linear models, mixed models) in R is essential. Good written and verbal communication skills are essential. Knowledge of and previous experience working with GitHub and Microsoft Access is desirable.

The successful applicant will be able to work independently, as well as part of an international, interdisciplinary team. Please submit a sample R script as supplemental materials in the application.

This position requires eligibility to work in the United States.


Washington, DC



Internship Dates:

The marine social science internship is a three-month position, beginning May 2019

How to Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and sample R script (as supplemental material) through our Careers page. , IN-19051

  • 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.

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In-19051 Marine Social Science Intern

World Wildlife Fund