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Debt Conversions Intern

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The Nature Conservancy | Arlington, VA
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The Nature Conservancy

Published 12 days ago

February 21, 2020

About TNC

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 72 countries, all 50 United States, and your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, our mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining us! This is an incredible time at TNC – we are shifting our strategy for greater impact in the world, seeking to address some of the most complex challenges facing people and nature. This strategic evolution is calling us into new models of leadership and investment in organizational excellence, and we are looking for a person to join our team and help us to make this transition.

NatureVest is the impact investment unit of The Nature Conservancy. NatureVest’s mission is to create and transact investable deals that deliver conservation results and financial returns for investors. Our vision is based on the conviction that capital markets, businesses and governments must invest in nature as the long-term capital stock of a sustainable, equitable and more efficient economy.


Position Summary

The Debt Conversions Intern will report to the Senior Project Coordinator, Debt Conversions in NatureVest. Debt Conversions, also known as Debt-for-Nature-Swaps, involve the purchase and restructuring of a country’s sovereign external debt to create funding for marine conservation activities.

The Intern’s role will be to support the NatureVest Debt Conversions team by conducting research and providing recommendations based on those research findings, and developing knowledge products to support the Debt Conversions team’s day-to-day work and strategic priorities. The position will be an excellent opportunity to apply skills and expertise in finance, economics, and/or international development to the environmental field, and gain experience in conservation finance.

This will be a 10-12 week summer internship starting in late May or June.

The position will be based at The Nature Conservancy’s Worldwide Office in Arlington, VA.


Essential Functions

The Debt Conversions Intern will work with the Debt Conversions Senior Project Coordinator to provide support to the wider debt conversion team, including the Blue Bonds Managing Director, the Africa Debt Conversions Director, and the Conservation Trust Fund Specialist. The Intern may collaborate with global teams, field staff, regional teams, and partner organizations, such as multi-lateral, bi-lateral and financial institutions.

  • The Intern will bring business, financial, and economic analysis expertise to lead one or more of the following projects:
  • Produce an overview document on different debt conversion structures based on various sovereign debt profiles;
  • Develop a process document on country prioritization for future debt conversion transactions;
  • Conduct a market survey of available climate finance that can be used in debt restructuring; and
  • Complete research and analysis to support the design of optimized structures for delivering conservation outcomes through conservation trust funds (a key component piece of a debt conversion).

 The Intern may additionally be assigned other assignments as they become available.



  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree by June 2020 in finance, economics, or international development; 
  • Experience conducting research and producing reports or other knowledge products;
  • Clear communication skills via written and spoken means in English;
  • Experience with common software applications (e.g., Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint).


Desired Experience

  •  Current enrollment in a graduate degree program. Preference given to finance, economics, or international development students;
  • 1-2 years of related work experience;
  • Work experience or academic coursework related to development finance and/or sovereign debt;
  • Experience using and developing financial models;
  • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural experience appreciated;
  • Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization and with partners;
  • Ability to self-start, manage time, and take initiative; confidence to ask questions and seek input;
  • Ability to manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Interest in conservation/ the environmental field;
  • The Nature Conservancy is committed to diversity and encourages candidates with diverse and nontraditional backgrounds to apply.


How to Apply

For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID# 48389 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST Wednesday, February 21, 2020. 

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Please visit our career center for a full list of all our open positions globally. New opportunities are posted daily!

About TNC

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 72 countries, all 50 United States, and your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, our mission is to conserve…

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