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Supply Chain Accountability Intern

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. With headquarters in New York City, and offices worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers.

Together, a steering group of environmental and social NGOs (including WWF, WRI, TNC, NWF, Greenpeace, Rights & Resources Institute, Imaflora, Proforest and Forest Peoples Programme), has recently convened the Accountability Framework initiative (AFi), which aims to accelerate progress towards fulfilling ethical supply chain commitments to eliminate deforestation and human exploitation from tropical agriculture and forestry supply chains. These commitments focus on commodities that are major drivers of deforestation – in particular, palm oil, soy, cattle, and pulp and timber. Through a consensus-building process among NGOs, with strong input from the private sector, policymakers, and other stakeholders, AFi is working to develop and mainstream clearer and more credible good-practice norms for supply chain accountability. These tools will help companies implement, monitor and verify progress against their ethical sourcing commitments. They will also help civil society be more effective in holding companies accountable to the pledges they have made. For more information, please visit

Position summary:

The internship provides a unique opportunity to become closely familiar with the fast-evolving set of initiatives to operationalize responsible and deforestation-free supply chain commitments for agriculture and forestry commodities. The intern will gain a broad perspective in key commodities involved in deforestation, as well as the supply chain components, industry leaders and governance bodies that can stop deforestation at a local, regional and global level. The intern will also have the chance to interact with high-level representatives from leading NGOs and companies working in this space.


  • Conduct research and create company, industry group, commodity, and regional-specific briefs to support AFi team in stakeholder engagement meeting preparation;
  • Conduct research as needed on existing and emerging supply chain tools, standards, monitoring tools, verification and assurance systems, and reporting and disclosure platforms related to ethical supply chain commitments in the agriculture and forestry sectors;
  • Participate and support AFi internal team meetings including technical working groups and regional task forces as an integral part of the AFi secretariat team, to support the development of AFi’s operational manual and supporting mechanisms;
  • Support organization of environmental and social NGO and civil society meetings, events and roundtables to support AFi steering group members in promoting key messages of the framework and obtain key feedback;
  • Possibility of supporting translation and stakeholder feedback to and from non-English languages to amplify content uptake, and ensure integrity and consistency of AFi messaging (depending on candidate’s written and spoken-language abilities)


The intern should be enrolled in, or have recently completed, a graduate program in environmental management, agriculture, forestry, international development, conservation, or a related field.

Additional requirements include:

  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Superior English oral, writing and editing skills, including a high level of attention to detail;
  • Familiarity with issues related to social and environmental risks of commodity supply chains, tropical land-use and international conservation and development;
  • Skilled at synthesizing and communicating complex ideas for both technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Highly organized, self-motivated, and inquisitive with the ability to take initiative and prioritize activities to deliver quality work products in a fast-paced environment;
  • Capable of developing structure and process in times of project ambiguity;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues from diverse cultural backgrounds;
  • Ability to uphold a professional demeanor in networking settings, treating Rainforest Alliance partners and collaborators with respect and courtesy; and
  • Proficiency in Spanish, French, Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese and/or Portuguese is a plus.


Unpaid internship, although may be arranged to facilitate independent study, academic credit, work/study, or a school-provided stipend.


To apply for this internship, please email your resume, one sample of your written work, names and contact information of 2 academic or professional references and a 1-page cover letter explaining your interest and key qualifications for this position to Adrienne Stork ( with subject line “Application for Supply Chain Accountability Internship – [YOUR NAME]” by April 1, 2018. All requested documents should be attached as one PDF file. We anticipate interviewing short-listed candidates in April.