Local recruitment / BIPOC student: Urban Water Resilience (UWR) DreamGREEN Intern

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸


To qualify for WRI’s DreamGREEN program, intern must be a BIPOC student.

Internship Summary:

As the Urban Water Resilience (UWR) DreamGREEN intern, you will support the ongoing research components of the initiative. Specifically, you will work within the project workstream focused on strategic city-level water resilience planning to review and synthesize information from the UWR city research reports, water resilience profiles, and city action plans. The team aims to summarize the 6 city reports into one UWR City Synthesis Report that identifies the common needs that cities have highlighted, the recurring barriers cities face and the potential solutions they have identified which need scaled capacity building and resources to advance water resilience. You will have the opportunity to lead and support in crafting this Synthesis Report in partnership with UWR country leads and the project lead.

This is a tremendous learning opportunity for someone with a keen interest in working in cities on climate resilience issues to learn firsthand from the strategic planning work developed in partnership with 6 cities. You will also work alongside team members to help manage report review timelines and ensure WRI’s Research, Development, and Innovation processes are being followed. Additionally, this internship provides the opportunity to support the advancement of blogs and key takeaway messages around water and resilience topics to help share the information coming out of this initiative with a wider audience. This position is ideal for someone who enjoys research and writing and is interested in the topic of urban water resilience and has some research background in water policy and governance issues.

This is a remote-based internship with the option to work out of the Washington D.C. office once it reopens

Internship Learning Outcomes:

The intern will have the opportunity to work in the following areas:

  • Review and synthesize research and analysis on the converging urban and water challenges facing the African continent and the solutions/actions arising from UWR’s work with city stakeholders
  • Provide support on review, development, and/or editing of a broad range of presentations, concept notes, and reports
  • Propose topics, draft, and co-author blogs
  • Draft key takeaway messages to distribute to the various audiences of the Urban Water Resilience Initiative
  • Manage and keep track of project report timelines and WRI’s Research, Development, and Innovation review processes
  • Liaise with WRI staff members and partners across International Offices to ensure research and project synergies
  • Support on day-to-day tasks as they arise.

Internship Qualifications:

  • To qualify for WRI’s DreamGREEN program, intern must be a BIPOC student 
  • Intern must have strong research, writing, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated background or interests in urban, water, and climate resilience topics
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team (including international colleagues)
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Detail oriented and well organized
  • Comfortable interning remotely


The pay range for this internship opportunity is between $16-$20/hour, commensurate with qualifications.

Duration and Location  

  • This is a full-time position from June – August with the opportunity to continue part-time for an additional 3 months (September – November) 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 cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview (for Internship):

Africa is the most rapidly urbanizing continent. By 2050, Africa’s urban population will more than double. Impacts from climate change will worsen water availability in city-regions, while water demand in Africa is projected to triple by 2030. Led by WRI and partners, the Urban Water Resilience (UWR) in Africa Initiative is working with key stakeholders in Africa to help cities address their water risks and vulnerabilities through research, spatial analysis, technical assistance, capacity building to undertake strategic planning and identify place-based interventions and securing funding and financing resources to implement solutions. The UWR Initiative is built around three core workstreams: 1) City-level strategic water resilience planning in six cities across three countries: Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa in Ethiopia, Kigali and Musanze in Rwanda, and Johannesburg and Gqeberha in South Africa. 2) An action coalition to accelerate the delivery of urban water resilience solutions in African cities through a shared framework for ambitious, accountable, and coordinated action to ensure impact at scale. 3) Development of a Catalytic Fund to scale investment in emerging low carbon resilience solutions in the water sector.

WRI Overview

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, racial, and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.