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IN-21034 Aviation & Climate Intern
World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC
Date Posted 03/01/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks an Aviation & Climate Intern to support its work cutting aviation pollution, under the WWF-US’ Climate team.

WWF is working closely with a diverse array of leading international voices to encourage the aviation industry, government, and the United Nations body in charge of international aviation policy – the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) – to adopt policies and measures to slash the industry's skyrocketing emissions and limit the effects of the climate crisis. WWF is a member of the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA), a network of nonprofit organizations working to reduce pollution from aviation. Domestically, WWF advocates for the US to regulate emissions on flights within the US and for policies that lead to the uptake of sustainable aviation fuels that have lower emissions than fossil fuels.


Under the supervision of the Senior Program Officer, Climate Cooperation and Sustainable Fuels, the intern will largely support the research needs for the WWF-US aviation team. The intern will work closely with the aviation team to perform important background research and support various WWF-led initiatives.
  • Research, analyze, and summarize studies that assess the environmental and economic implications of various aviation-related policy instruments (e.g. Low Carbon Fuel Standard, contracts for difference, efficiency standards, etc.)
  • Critically assess and provide technical feedback on aviation-related bills, with an eye on strategically promoting bills that responsibly advance capital investment in SAF, address the cost disparity between SAF and fossil fuels, or otherwise reduce emissions in line with science. Focus on United States and Europe.
  • Update and redesign “ICSA’s Vision for a ‘Zero Climate Impact’ International Aviation Pathway Towards 2050” to (a) include new content on non-CO2 effects of fuel burn and a more detailed fuels wedge and (b) make the “ICSA Vision” more compelling and digestible for a broader audience. Initiate an outreach effort to gain uptake of support for the “ICSA Vision”.
  • Support WWF’s efforts to support businesses looking to reduce business-related flight emissions
  • Help track and engage opportunistically with climate aviation initiatives outside of WWF
  • Coordinate meetings with internal and external stakeholders, and take relevant notes
  • Other duties as needed


Desired skills and qualities:
  • Subject matter will demand an understanding of climate science and mitigation measures relevant to aviation. A bachelor's degree related to the content matter (e.g. environmental science, political science, economics) is highly preferred.
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong organizational/analytical skills
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively over email and video conference
  • Highly motivated, self-starter who knows how to take projects and run with them

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #IN-21034
  • 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.

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