World Resources Institute (WRI)

Intern (Lean, Design & Systems Thinking Research, 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 six 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 and sustainable cities. Internships at WRI provide opportunities for motivated, young professionals to learn from our experts and participate in engaging work at the intersection of environment and development. WRI provides many Internship opportunities throughout the year in all our programs and offices. We seek interns with diverse backgrounds and who are passionate about the environment to help us make a direct global impact. 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. Global Restoration Initiative Overview The Global Restoration Initiative aims to catalyze a political and social movement to restore vitality to degraded lands. These degraded lands can be restored into healthy mosaics of sustainable Agriculture, agroforestry landscapes (or mixed-forest agriculture), and restored forest ecosystems generating economic, ecological, and social benefits to people and planet. Internship Summary The year 2021 will usher in the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. The next 10 years will be instrumental in creating the opportunity for Nature Based Solutions to help adaptation and mitigation for climate change, to support food and water security, Biodiversity conservation as well as support livelihoods. The Global Restoration Initiative has created several guides to support the development of forest and landscape restoration capacity and training. In this role, you will support the development of a simple framework that seeks to guide implementors to consider the essential elements needed to scope, plan, finance and implement restoration. You will interview key stakeholders and potential audience members for the guide. This will be supported with a literature review. Many different guides exist; however, there is a need for a streamlined and easy to use framework that functions as an essential checklist. WRI is looking for an individual to apply a creative lens to the problem, drawing on systems thinking, Design thinking and lean approaches to create a user-friendly guide for restoration, informed by the target audience and stakeholder interviews. Learning Outcomes
  • Apply design thinking, systems thinking or lean approaches to an environmental problem

  • Support the peer review process and respond to critical feedback

  • Communicate a complex issue in a simple way to be adopted by different audiences

  • Contribute to publishing a WRI guide

Internship Qualifications
  • Experience using lean, design or systems thinking approaches

  • Knowledge of Environmental Sustainability issues

  • Qualitative research skills and survey techniques

  • Creative and innovative thinker

  • Comfortable interning remotely

Desirable Qualifications
  • Knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese, French, Bahasa or other languages

  • Knowledge of Forest & Landscape Restoration implementation

  • International development experience in Latin America, Africa or Asia.

  • Knowledge of design software and Graphic Design

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, three-month (12 week) internship with flexible start and end dates based on the candidates 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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