World Resources Institute (WRI)

Intern (Research & Data, Coalition for Urban Transition)

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 Coalition for Urban Transitions, seeks to encourage national governments globally and in a range of key countries to support a zero-carbon urban transformation, supporting governments to place cities at the heart of their Economic Development and climate strategies. It does this by assembling ground-breaking evidence and national coalitions of actors to make the case for accelerating compact, connected, and clean urban development and by supporting the development of the policies, regulations, and investments required to make this happen. Internship Summary In this role, you will join the core research team to provide research inputs for our COP26 global flagship report for the UK Government which will be published in early 2021. The primary question this report addresses is how can national governments in six countries—China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Indonesia, and Brazil—seize the urban opportunity as they enhance the ambition of their Paris Agreement commitments in the context of a post-Covid-19 economic recovery? As part of the role, you will work with the core team and your learning experience will include rigorously researching, skillfully writing, and iteratively revising parts of the report. As such, we are seeking applicants with prior writing and editing experience and interest in advancing these skills. Your tasks will involve combining detail-oriented work of fact checking with managing and updating report drafts to conform with report writing guidelines, engaging with WRI International Office teams, national experts, and research partners to consolidate inputs. Your experience may involve helping revise report drafts by following internal/external peer-review protocols for draft submissions and revisions and report finalization for publication. For an example of a similar report please see the Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity report. We are keen to engage you in the research and writing quality-enhancement process. Learning Outcomes The Intern will gain experience in the following areas:
  • Develop your skills in the craft of research for policy-relevant report writing

  • Learn how you can enhance the quality of global reports through peer-review protocols

  • Sharpen your skills in how to identify and utilize credible evidence and derive policy-relevant arguments

  • Gain experience as you work on issues of climate change and cities while engaging with experts

Internship Qualifications
  • Advance undergraduate-level university enrollment or recent graduate with relevant specialization

  • Prior experience with research, writing, publishing

  • Detail-oriented and desire to learn in a multi-cultural and international work environment

  • 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 part-time, up to five-month (20 week) internship with flexible start and end dates (September to February) based on the student’s 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 a writing sample. 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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