Intern (Info into Action)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US

About WRI

World Resources Institute is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our 500 experts and staff work with partners in more than 50 countries; we have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.

WRI is consistently ranked as the top global Think Tank working on environmental issues. In 2014, WRI was ranked one of the Top Workplaces by the Washington Post.

Part 2: Overview

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 of 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. For more information, see our website: Internships at WRI.

This internship is a unique opportunity to learn from two of WRI’s high impact initiatives to improve how we create, publish, visualize, and share data to advance sustainable development. The intern will join a team of highly motivated individuals, including members of WRI’s senior leadership, to support the design and development of Resource Watch, an institute-wide initiative to build an online, open, collaborative platform of actionable data, as well as analyzing and processing data for display on the web. Reporting to WRI’s Data for Impact Lead, the intern will be expected to learn on the job, and will gain experience with design process, project management, data analysis and visualization.

The intern will be part of WRI’s Science and Research team, which works to promote high quality standards in WRI’s research, mentor staff, and ensure research is coordinated and coherent across WRI’s programs, centers, and international offices. The Science and Research team also lead WRI’s information into action initiative that promotes excellence in WRI’s open data initiatives. WRI measures its success by the robustness of its knowledge products and their likelihood of driving action by target audiences for our six goals (Food, Forests, Water, Climate, Energy, and Cities), four centers (governance, business, economics and finance) and our international offices.

WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, the Intern is expected to incorporate attention to gender where appropriate.

Part 3: Responsibilities

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Supporting the management, design, and development of two major projects, Resource Watch and the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness
  • Analyzing and processing large datasets for presentation and visualization
  • Helping to write short data-driven blogs highlighting how data can inform decision-making
  • Supporting a range of administrative tasks, including supporting grant and contract management, partner management, and internal and external communications

Part 4: Qualifications

  • Degree: BA/BS recommended, Masters preferred
  • Excellent written skills with the ability to express complex concepts clearly and concisely
  • Technology savvy, with experience processing large raster datasets (ArcGIS or otherwise)
  • Excellent quantitative skills and a high degree of comfort working with data and web technologies
  • A self-motivated learner with a willingness to work effectively under pressure and take on new challenges as required
  • Confidence and independence to take initiative, with the awareness and judgement to seek help when needed
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail
  • Takes pride in producing the best possible work commensurate with their capacity and skills
  • Scientific programming experience (Python, R) a plus

Final candidate will be required to take a writing test

Reports To: Data for Impact Lead

Salary: This is a paid intern position with an hourly rate based on experience. 

Duration: 3-6 months

Start/End Months: September 2016 to January 2017

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally 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.

About WRI
Established in 1982, WRI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization respected globally by policymakers, non-governmental organizations, and corporate leaders.

WRI’s reputation is grounded in its excellent analysis, non-partisan approach, and high-impact results. We measure our success based on how our work helps to create real-world change on the ground—an approach we call “Managing for Results.”

WRI’s work is united by and driven by our values: Innovation, Integrity, Urgency, Independence, and Respect.

WRI fosters a culture of innovative ideas, working collaboratively, and thinking independently. WRI employees are driven by the organization’s mission and have the satisfaction of helping to create a more prosperous and healthy planet.

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