World Resources Institute (WRI)

Intern (Research & Engagement, Carbon Removal)

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 WRI’s Carbon Removal Team is an interdisciplinary and cross-programmatic team that works to scale up U.S. investment in carbon removal—including terrestrial carbon capture (e.g., tree restoration and agricultural soil carbon management), technological carbon removal (e.g., direct air capture and carbon mineralization), and emerging ocean-based carbon removal approaches. The team is actively supporting policy development and stakeholder engagement efforts at the federal level to unlock investment in carbon removal at the billion-dollar scale. The team also leads WRI’s engagement with the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural & Working Lands Challenge—a coalition of 24 states seeking to enhance America’s farms and forests as carbon sinks. We are also exploring ways to engage the private sector around innovative carbon removal solutions. Internship Summary The intern’s role will be three-fold: (1) Assist in state engagement to identify state priorities and needs for scaling up natural climate solutions; (2) Research and communicate the opportunities and limitations presented by federal grant programs, such as the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, to meet state needs; and (3) Assist in scoping and developing multi-state workgroups to advance priorities such as multi-state grant proposals and inventory improvements for natural and working lands. All WRI Internships are currently remote opportunities. Learning Outcomes The intern will work with WRI’s Carbon Removal team to evaluate how to effectively scale up natural climate solutions through the U.S. Climate Alliance. The intern will gain experience in the following areas:
  • Become a subject-matter expert on natural climate solutions

  • Improve skills in research, writing, and project management

  • Develop capacity to work with internal and external partnerships toward policy and implementation outcomes The intern will gain experience in the following areas

  • Natural climate solution pathways, policies, and monitoring techniques, with a focus in the United States

  • Financing natural climate solutions through federal conservation programs

  • Engaging stakeholders, managing partnerships, and performing analyses to inform public investments and policy outcomes

  • Developing internal strategies and project plans to maximize impact

Internship Qualifications
  • Pursuing or completed bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, environmental science, economics, or a related field

  • Comfortable interning remotely

  • Professional experience in a research or policy-oriented role

  • Basic familiarity with climate change mitigation strategies in natural and working lands

  • Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses

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

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

  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills

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 full-time, three-month remote internship with flexible start and end dates based on the individual’s availability and need for the project. 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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