World Resources Institute (WRI)

Intern (Communications, Global Restoration Initiative)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Job Description

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. Internships at WRI are learning experiences designed for current students, recent graduates, and other candidates who wish to gain knowledge about a specific area of our work. We strive to attract diverse, intellectually driven candidates who have a passion for sustainability and development. WRI provides many internship opportunities throughout the year in all our programs. WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. Program Overview The Global Restoration Initiative (Restoration) is part of the Forests Program at WRI and works to inspire, enable and mobilize action to restore vitality to degraded and deforested landscapes and forests around the globe. Following commitments by governments to restore more than 170 million hectares of degraded land worldwide, the initiative is now focused on mobilizing and reporting on action. Internship Summary The intern will enhance Restoration communications to audiences worldwide, supporting the Restoration Communications Specialist in content writing, website maintenance, design work, and social media across the initiative. This includes supporting Initiative 20x20, a country-led effort to restore 50 million ha of land in Latin America and the Caribbean, AFR100, a similar initiative in Africa, and TerraMatch, a new platform that connects funders to vetted projects that can grow millions of trees. The intern will also support WRI’s work with green entrepreneurs in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia through the Land Accelerator. The intern should ideally be comfortable working in Spanish as well as English. This internship offers an opportunity to have an international impact within a small and effective communications team. The Communications Intern will work with the Restoration Communications Specialist, Associates for Initiative 20x20, AFR100, the Land Accelerator, and TerraMatch, and others within the Restoration team. This internship will begin remote, with the opportunity to transition to in-office work when safe. Candidates based in the Washington, DC-area are preferred. Learning Outcomes The intern will gain experience in the following areas:
  • Upload content for web platforms (,,,, which have international audiences

  • Ensure content is up-to-date, of high quality, and consistent in tone and message

  • Create new web pages as needed

  • Work in collaboration with internal and external colleagues

  • Carry out data analysis to report the way in which people access Restoration websites

  • Support content creation and process management for Restoration newsletters

  • Support communications activities ahead of annual international partner meetings

  • Support Restoration blogs (and other content types) as needed by the team

  • Create videos and graphics for the initiative, working with WRI’s design team

  • Contribute to the communications and outreach plan for TerraMatch

  • Contribute to Restoration social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Internship Qualifications
  • Pursuing or completed bachelor’s degree in communications, international relations or development, environmental science, or a related field is required

  • Strong written and oral communications skills (required) and strong Spanish writing and speaking skills (strongly preferred)

  • Interest in and commitment to environmental and international development issues

  • Familiarity and experience with international cultures is a plus

  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to juggle multiple projects and responsibilities

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team

  • Strong online research and computer skills, including knowledge of Excel and Google Analytics

  • Digital skills, such as graphic design, video editing, and Photoshop are highly desirable

  • Ability to think creatively about all elements of communications work

  • Flexible, highly responsible, articulate, self-motivated, with a good sense of humor

  • Ability to manage a complex workload remotely and meet deadlines

  • Comfortable interning remotely

General Internship Requirements
  • Applicants must have personal health insurance coverage.

  • US work authorization is required for this opportunity. WRI does not sponsor interns for visas.

Compensation This is a paid internship. Duration This is a three-month remote (12 week) internship with flexible start and end dates based on the student’s availability and need for the project. How to Apply Applicants should include a cover letter and 500-word max writing sample of their choice. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.
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