World Wildlife Fund for Nature Hong Kong online internship

The Foundation has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Hong Kong to deliver an online internship for a New Zealand student or researcher to gain experience in financial crime research associated with the illegal wildlife trade. The internship is for students majoring in, but not limited to, psychology, social science, finance, economics, business and law.

About WWF Hong Kong

WWF is an international non-governmental organisation that works in the field of wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment.

WWF Hong Kong is an integral of the WWF, the world’s largest conservation organisation, and is dedicated to protecting nature and providing education needs to serve Hong Kong’s conservation efforts.

The 2021 application round has closed

About the internship

The internship period is for 12 weeks, with flexible starting between November 2021 and February 2022.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to:

  • Work on a joint work programme between WWF Hong Kong and partners to deliver research on emerging trends an opportunities in regional financial crime investigations for the Asia Pacific Counter Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Hub. The Hub is a consortium of organisations with similar aims in this area.
  • Assist with the Hub’s physical or online events, liaising with WWF’s networks on the development and promotion of other WWF initiatives and programmes with links to financial crime and illegal wildlife trade.
  • Provide input to knowledge management and training products related to financial crime investigation.


Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status
  • be students, graduates or researchers who have a working understanding of criminal justice, financial crime, anti-money laundering and/or counter financing of terrorism.
  • have good writing and research skills.
  • be adaptable, independent, reliable, and resilient.

What's covered

This is a paid internship. Expenses such as purchase of laptops are not covered.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation and WWF Hong Kong will jointly deliver pastoral care and support professional development in cultural competency.

Terms and conditions

The successful applicant will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Reporting requirements

Interns are expected to write a 600-word article (with accompanying photos) on their internship that will appear on the Foundation’s website (to be submitted during the internship) and write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience at the end of the programme.

How to apply

The 2021 application round has closed

Key dates

  • Applications close Monday 13 September 2021. 
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by mid- September 2021. 
  • Short-listed applicants will be invited to an in-person or online panel interview to select the successful candidate.
  • The successful candidate will be advised in October 2021.
  • All selected interns will be supported to attend a group induction day in Auckland in November 2021

Frequently asked questions

If you have a question about the internships, first check the Frequently Asked Questions page and if your question is not answered there, please email the Foundation's project coordinator internships Linh Le:  [email protected].