WWF Internship SDGs

WWF Internship SDGs

WWF internship: Measuring the connection between WWF-NL and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Background of the organization WWF

The Wereld Natuur Fonds-Nederland (WWF-NL) is part of an international organization for the protection of nature with the mission to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which Humans live in harmony with nature. The organization has independent offices in around 100 countries in the world forming a global network. There is a common worldwide strategy that focusses on the conservation of the biodiversity on the planet and the reduction of the global footprint to a level that is within the limits of the earth.  WWF looks for solutions in cooperation with governments, companies and civil society to realize protection of species and their habitats and a sustainable use of environmental resources. 

background of the research internship

In 2018 WWF NL has created 12 Multidisciplinary Land-and Seascape Teams (MDTs) and 5 cross cutting themes to facilitate integration of Conservation ad Engagement objectives and to channel its critical contribution to the WWF Global Goals. These MDTs are the following: European Rivers, NL Delta, Noordzee, NL agriculture, Dutch Caribbean, Coral Triangle/Plastics, Borneo and Sumatra/Rhino,  TRIDOM/forest elephant, Amazon- Cerrado-Pantanal, Kavango- Zambezi/Elephant and Rhino, Altai Sayan and Amur Heilongjiang/snow leopard, tiger, and Artic/polar bear. The five cross cutting themes are: Green Finance, Inclusive conservation, Wildlife Crime, Climate resilience and the Integrated landscape approach.

WNF believes that these land& seascapes with the cross cutting themes are summarizing approximately 80% of our work. However, for the “outside world” our critical contribution and Global Goals are unknown unlike the SDGs, which provide important guidelines for business, policymakers and even for individuals. Therefore we would like to translate our work in regards to the SDGs.

We believe that this topic can be a good example on several theoretical dilemmas like: legitimacy, inclusiveness, accountability etc. For WWF-NL the practical outcome and results of the study are important therefore we are flexible to adjust the final research question based on the student theoretical interest/ university requirements.

The student will be part of the DeLFI (Design for Learning and Impact) Unit and actively engage with all the MDT teams to understand and analyze their work.

research questions

What is the contribution of WWF-NL to the SDGs?/ How can WWF NL measure its contribution in regards to the SGDs?

  • Desk based study
  • Framework/ KPI development
  • Interviews with WWF- NL employees
STUDENT profile

WWF is looking for a motivated master student with background in environmental sciences, policy or other related study. The student should be able to conduct research on an independent basis,. Experience with qualitative research techniques, and basic knowledge of stakeholder/power mapping is a must. Moreover, the student should have excellent speaking and writing skills in (Dutch and) English.


As soon as possible 4-6 months


270 euro per month on a full time basis.

For information or questions contact your supervisor or WWF: Natascha Zwaal