World Resources Institute (WRI)

Intern (Knowledge & Learning Data/Research)

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. NDC Partnership Overview Following the landmark Paris Agreement, countries are implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for climate action. The NDC Partnership is a coalition of countries and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive the technical assistance and financial support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effectively as possible. The Partnership aims to increase alignment, Coordination, and access to resources to link needs to solutions.
  1. Technical Assistance and Capacity Building - We support governments in defining the processes, policies, and plans required to deliver mitigation and adaptation goals, alongside other development objectives.

  2. Knowledge and Information Sharing - We enable countries to learn from and support each other, turning local know-how into global action through knowledge tools, case studies, peer-to-peer exchanges, and other knowledge products.

  3. Access to Finance - We facilitate countries in aligning their NDC goals with financial resources.

We use a country-driven approach that helps governments set priorities and connect them to available resources across our membership. The NDC Partnership Support Unit is comprised of over 40 staff, jointly hosted by the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, and the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany. Internship Summary This intern will play an integral role in two exciting NDC Partnership platforms: our knowledge management system, and the online Knowledge Portal. The knowledge management system collects and synthesizes data from NDC Partnership countries on needs, support, and progress in NDC implementation. This data gives us unique insight into the global status of NDC implementation, common successes and challenges, and a first look at the possibilities for NDC enhancement. This intern will contribute to Data Management across the platform, will identify and share trends in the data, and will play a large role in the platform’s redesign. They will also contribute to Analysis of the data, for instance by categorizing the type of requests in specific sectors and areas, such as adaptation, enhancement, finance, and mainstreaming. The NDC Partnership’s Knowledge Portal is a searchable datable that helps countries to accelerate climate action by providing quick and easy access to data, tools, guidance, good practice, and funding opportunities. The tool requires regular updates, including refining current entries and identifying additional content. This intern will contribute to all aspects of this effort, both in terms of Database Management and additional research. Learning Outcomes The intern will gain experience in the following areas:
  • Data input and Data Analysis for the knowledge management system
    • Support knowledge system management and maintenance through regular data input and backend management.

    • Analyze data extracted from the knowledge management system to find trends around climate action needs and the status of global NDC implementation, and to help categorize the different requests, identify the main Partnership actors in specific areas, highlight gaps and country needs.

    • Support knowledge management system redesign by incorporating recommendations developed by our consultants.

    • Provide research support to produce communications pieces extracted from knowledge management system (including blog posts, insight briefs, talking points and report inputs).

  • Database management and research for Knowledge Portal
    • Provide quality control for the Knowledge Portal by ensuring information is up-to-date and comprehensive. This will include both Desk Research and communication as needed with partners producing relevant tools.

    • Research additional case studies and tools to include in the Knowledge Portal, particularly those relevant to country needs identified through our knowledge management system.

    • Support communications and outreach activities for the Knowledge Portal through developing briefing material, talking points, and presentations.

  • Support the development of Insight Briefs
    • Work with the rest of the team to structure the information gathered from the kNook to develop targeted analysis on specific sectors (if needed with support from external reports and analysis).

    • Work with the Partnership’s writers and communication team to support the development of Insight Briefs, based on the findings of the Partnership Briefings.

  • Other activities (based on interest and need)
    • Join meetings and calls with country representatives, institutional partners, and country experts on the NDC Partnership team, gaining insight into countries’ experiences with NDC implementation.

    • Provide communications support on topics of interest, including by authoring blogs and preparing social media.

Internship Qualifications
  • Excellent research and writing skills

  • Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and web-based communications. Ideally, experience with databases and/or web platforms, including HTML.

  • Familiarity and experience with Climate and related fields

  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Flexible, self-motivated, ability to think creatively

  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • 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 and Location This is a full-time, six-month (24 week) internship with flexible start and end dates (October - March) based on availability and need for the project. This is a remote-based internship with the option to work out of the Washington D.C. office once it reopens. WRI will provide a laptop for the duration of your internship. How to Apply Please submit a resume and cover letter. 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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