This paid opportunity was created for actively enrolled MIT undergraduate students in partnership with the PKG Center’s Social Impact Internship program. Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Brief introduction to your organization (or department) and the position/project: WWF is a leading environmental conservation organization; our half-century of conservation success is rooted firmly in science. Over the last decade we have worked in food systems to advance our mission of people living in harmony with nature, with the acknowledgement that one of the biggest threats to this mission has long been where and how we produce food. WWF’s Markets Institute identifies global issues and trends in food, agriculture, and other products produced through farming, forestry, and fishing with the goal to increase the speed and scale of solutions to help optimize global food sector sustainability. We work at the intersection of innovation and sustainability to uncover new tools, methods, business strategies, and solutions to improve the environmental sustainability and social impact of food and agriculture and to make change happen faster.
We are thrilled to launch the first year of the WWF-MIT Sustainability and Innovation Internship. We have identified key areas of interest for potential internships next summer, but will work with selected interns to collaboratively craft each summer project based on interest, skills, and goals. We are excited to work with interns to design projects that bring value to interns as well as to WWF and the Markets Institute.
Key focus areas for summer 2022 are:
· Tools for measuring ecosystem services
· Tools for measuring innovative conservation and environmental impact
· Feasibility analyses of innovative sourcing, materials, and/or processes
· Climate smart agriculture
Detailed list of tasks and responsibilities associated with the position:
The exact list of tasks and responsibilities will vary depending on area chosen and will be crafted in partnership with selected interns to ensure a positive experience for everyone. However, some tasks and responsibilities with examples of what that means could include:
· Surveying and analyzing existing tools for measuring ecosystem services and/or conservation and environmental impact (e.g. running sample data through different tools to assess accuracy and similarity of results)
· Exploring and testing options for characterizing the impact of WWF conservation efforts on corporate behavior (e.g., automatically tracking language in sustainability reports, building a dashboard to track qualitative results)
· Completing feasibility analyses of potential new project areas (e.g. using rice stubble productively to avoid it getting burned or flooded; exploring whether catfish processing facilities could be repurposed for carp which is an invasive species we’d like to see removed from rivers; exploring the feasibility of innovative energy systems and how they can be integrated with existing infrastructure)
· Assessing agriculture practices and exploring the next generation of possibilities (e.g. measuring improvement or lack thereof across different metrics of regenerative agriculture practices)
· Reading and reviewing academic papers, white-papers, and other reports on a given topic
· Writing summary reports to share project findings (for an example of one group internship project, see agimpacts.mit.edu)
Preferred skills, qualifications and other requirements:
Will depend on specific topic but will generally include: strong research skills, engineering or data science background
Desired length of commitment and hours per week: full time summer position (300-400 hours). As part of the Social Impact Internship program, students may be eligible for a stipend of up to $5,000.
Number of openings for this posting: 3
Name of designated student supervisor: Emily Moberg and/or Julia Kurnik depending on topic selected
Title of student supervisor: Research Lead Specialist, Scope 3 Carbon Measurement and Mitigation (Emily) and Director of Innovation Start-Ups (Julia)
Email of student supervisor: Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org and Julia.email@example.com