International Research Intern

Conservation International (CI)

Arlington, VA, USA 🇺🇸

New York, NY, USA 🇺🇸


Our Arlington-based staff continues to work remotely and visit the office on a limited basis. When our office officially opens, in-office work schedules/locations will be determined in accordance with CI policies and in keeping with the role’s responsibilities. Hiring managers will provide guidance on hybrid or blended work schedules for the role in question when a candidate is contacted for an interview.

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet.  


As part of a broader project exploring the potential for achieving greater water security through ecosystem and infrastructure management in southern Africa, this joint Conservation International-City University New York role seeks a program intern for a new southern African eNetwork. The aim of eNetwork is to exchange ideas and best practices on the use of gray (engineered) and green (nature-based) infrastructure across Sub-Saharan Africa. The network has a prototype website ( that will officially be launched in 2021. It will be activated through a set of seminars and interactive online workshops, which will emphasize the leadership of students and young professionals in this dialogue. Through our anticipated outreach activities, we also seek an improved understanding of stakeholder needs and we will focus on their key challenges and opportunities as the network evolves.

An important and immediate need is to bring onboard partners from the SSA water community, to create a balanced South-North dialogue. African students and professional trainees studying abroad will be paired with their counterparts residing in SSA to engage in technical and policy dialogues and to actively participate in projects on a broad set of topics. This includes both basic and applied water resource research, sustainability-oriented engineering, and policy design and implementation. We also will initiate a series of monthly seminars and use the presentation material as the foundation for a short course on gray-green infrastructure strategies for realizing water security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The result will be a functioning and sustained network of partners distributed across the continent.

This position is a paid internship for 1 year.


The position requires the following (all activities in coordination with a counterpart at IHE Delft (NETHERLANDS) and under the supervision of the City University of New York and Conservation International professional staff:

  • Organization of monthly seminar series, including contacting potential speakers, assembling biographical materials, abstracts, etc.
  • Content generation and posting of information on the eNetwork website (e.g., relevant reports, events, conferences, relevant news feeds, etc.)
  • Act as liaison to other students and eNetwork participants to ensure coordinated communication
  • Synthesis content of each seminar into the material around which a short course will be formulated.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor


  • Position may be based at City University New York in New York, NY or Conservation International in Arlington, Va. May also work remotely within the US.  Remote work may be initially required due to COVID-19. 
  • Normal working conditions. 



  • Minimum of a Masters’s degree in environmental sciences, hydrology, water resource management, and/or policy.
  • Good organizational skills to organize content and communications across the network.
  • Sufficient technical expertise to populate the website with evolving content.
  • Must be a current student or graduated within the last 3 months.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

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Conservation International Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.​

  • Passion: Inspired by people and by nature, we are urgently compelled to drive change for a sustainable future. 
  • Integrity: We are honest, transparent, and accountable for our actions.
  • Teamwork: We work together as one CI, recognizing that inclusion, collaboration, and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.
  • Respect: We respect each other and work to earn trust, valuing our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
  • Courage: We pursue our vision, taking bold action, persevering, and overcoming challenges.
  • Optimism: We are optimistic about the capacity of people to be caring, generous, and brilliant, and believe that with partners, we can inspire humanity to create a better future.

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IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - MSc in Water and Sustainable Development