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Information management internship available for Winter/Spring 2009 at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC. The largest multinational conservation organization in the world, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
This project will engage two different programs with different needs: our Latin American and Caribbean Secretariat’s Forests program, and our Humanitarian Partnerships program.
The Latin American and Caribbean Secretariat works as a link between the headquarters office and our field staff in Latin America, managing conservation programs across the continent. Our Forests program is engaged with several WWF global priorities, such as the Amazon, Market Transformation, and Forest-based Carbon Network Initiatives. The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region embraces almost half of the world's diversity of plant and animal species and half of the world's tropical forests. Two of the greatest threats to forest conservation in LAC are illegal logging and deforestation. Illegal logging threatens commercial forest concessions, indigenous reserves, and critical protected areas and buffer zones. According to various sources, Brazil loses around 1% of its forests annually, while Paraguay, if it continues at its present rate of forest destruction, will have virtually no native forests left in 25 years.
WWF’s Humanitarian Partnerships program is working directly with humanitarian organizations and governments to advise them on better practices for rebuilding communities impacted by disaster. The goal of our Humanitarian Partnerships program is to ensure that recovery and reconstruction efforts include environmentally sustainable considerations. To reduce risk and vulnerability and achieve long-lasting results for affected communities, the recovery and reconstruction process must be comprehensive and include a 'design through implementation' approach to ensure restoration of livelihoods, protection of natural resources, and strengthening of communities against future disasters.
The information management intern will work closely with the WWF librarian and program staff to develop a database for cataloging the programs’ collections. The intern will conduct a full project cycle, including requirements analysis, basic architectural design, reconciliation with existing WWF tools, and final design and implementation. Time permitting, the intern will also assist program staff with initial population of the database.
The resulting database will
1. be comprehensive and flexible in its metadata, with the capacity to grow in the future,
2. be compatible with existing WWF document management tools, including a cold fusion search, and
3. be intuitive enough for an untrained user to manage on a regular basis.
MS Excel and Access, HTML/XML (including RSS), Cold Fusion
Database architecture and design
Familiarity with copyright law
Spanish proficiency a plus
Familiarity with MARC and Dublin Core a plus
This is an unpaid internship, and is eligible for practicum credit under the supervision of the WWF librarian. To apply, please send a resume or CV and a statement of interest to:
Dawn Pointer McCleskey
Librarian, Information Resource Center
World Wildlife Fund
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