Forests, Research Intern



Volunteer • Full or Part Time

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, conservation & wildlife, sustainability

Closing date: Thursday, 26th September 2019  

Forests, Research Internship

The duration of this internship will be for a minimum of two months, starting as soon as possible. We will be flexible in our approach and discuss your volunteering hours with you. We are looking for someone to be present at our London office for 3 days a week.

About CDP

CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Over 7,000 companies and 750 cities, states and regions disclose their environmental data to CDP. Our platform is one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. By working with institutional investors with assets of US$87 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Visit or follow us @CDP to find out more. 

CDP’s work on forests aims to remove commodity-drive deforestation from corporate value chains and to improve global understanding of deforestation-related risk. We provide the only platform where companies can disclose on the commodities most responsible for deforestation globally: timber, palm oil, cattle products, soy and rubber. 

Companies recognize that the environmental and social impacts of deforestation threaten to reduce profits and increase risks. CDP works with companies to manage these risks and continue the transition to a low-carbon economy. There are huge opportunities to be seized by the companies that are proactively tackling deforestation in their operations and supply chain. 

The internship programme 

To apply for the programme you must live in London or a reasonable commuting distance from our London office, which is located centrally. 

All our volunteer interns will be assigned to a volunteer intern supervisor and will receive an induction, on-the-job training, coaching and one-to-one support. On successful completion of their placement, volunteer interns can request a reference. 

Interns will get an insight into how an international environmental NGO operates with the opportunity to attend meetings and ask questions.

Role, purpose and background 

This internship is ideal for someone seeking to put into practice their research skills. You will get to grips with the latest trends in corporate deforestation, gain detailed insight into how various sectors and commodities are driving deforestation and explore the latest solutions to safeguard forests. 

Key skills/tasks include

  • Research on sector and commodity deforestation risks and impacts; 
  • Researching jurisdictional approaches to commodity driven deforestation; 
  • Assisting team members with research or administrative tasks, as and if they arise.

Required skills and competencies 

  • Excellent research skills;
  • Ability to communicate complex analysis and arguments in a concise, easy to follow manner;
  • Competent user of Microsoft Office Apps;
  • High detail orientation and an eye for consistency and accuracy;
  • Motivated, enthusiastic, hard-working, personable;
  • Capable of working independently, yet as part of a team;
  • Able to work against deadlines;
  • An interest in sustainability and corporate deforestation issues.

Desirable skills and competencies 

  • Previous experience on deforestation issues, either through internships, work or education.


This is not a salaried position. We will cover your day-to-day travel and lunch expenses in line with our expenses policy. Lunch expenses will only be provided on days where over 3.5 hours volunteering have been completed. 

Interested applicants must be eligible to volunteer legally in the UK. 

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter setting out how you meet the required skills and competencies, which should be no more than one page, to with ‘Your name_Forests internship’ in the subject. The deadline is 6pm (BST) on Monday 26th August.

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