WWF Internship Partnership

Despite mounting threats to species and habitat in the Asia Pacific, traditional support from donors and governments is not enough to fund critical conservation projects. As a result, organizations like WWF need innovative strategies, often market-based, to engage citizens and businesses in closing this resource gap.


In partnership with WWF Asia Pacific Growth Strategy, this program places students from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale School of Management at WWF offices in the Asia Pacific region. These internships focus on corporate partnership and transformation initiatives across the 21 countries in which WWF operates in Asia Pacific.

The program is designed to enable students interested in marketing, financial and partnership instruments to contribute to an innovation agenda in one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations. The work takes place in a rapidly developing region, which creates unique challenges to conservation efforts.

This is a multi-year program running from 2014-2016. Internships completed to date include:

  • WWF Asia Pacific Growth Strategy (Singapore) - Developing a business plan for how to increase WWF’s engagement with companies at a regional level
  • WWF Australia – Developing a strategy for business engagement and corporate investment in water stewardship in Australia
  • WWF China - Conducting market analysis and developing a corporate and individual fundraising strategy
  • WWF Korea – Developing a strategy for corporate partnership and market transformation in South Korea
  • WWF Singapore – Developing a strategy for corporate partnership and market transformation in Singapore
  • WWF Vietnam - Researching and proposing a detailed strategy and business plan on how to establish Payment for Ecosystem Services schemes in the Mekong Delta.

2016 Summer Internship Application Process

In 2016, placement opportunities will include:

  • WWF Thailand – Researching and developing a detailed market transformation strategy and business plan on sustainable fisheries in the Andaman Sea
  • WWF Korea – Developing corporate and stakeholder engagement plans and creating a marketing/conservation campaign strategy

Click on the "Get Involved" tab above to read more about these opportunities and the application process, or print our informational document.

Introduction to WWF and to the Asia Pacific Growth Strategy

  • The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
  • The Asia Pacific Growth Strategy (APGS) started in 2008 with the aims of building financially stronger offices in the Asia Pacific and tapping in to the economic growth in the region. APGS’s long term vision is for WWF offices in Asia Pacific to contribute to the Network’s total income at least to GDP equivalent; i.e 26 per cent.  The last five years have seen it develop to be an effective, solid strategy for building strong offices across Asia-Pacific; developing leadership, capacity in fundraising, self-generated income and a way of working together to be the WWF that we need to be if we are to achieve our urgent conservation objectives. WWF offices in Asia Pacific grew significantly faster than the global WWF Network in FY2013 through investments in growth, collaboration, and capacity building, and the main driver behind this spectacular growth is the Asia Pacific Growth Strategy. 

WWF operates in the following countries in Asia Pacific:

  • Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vietnam


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