Communications Intern (Water)

World Resources Institute (WRI)


About the Program:

WRI’s Water Program works with countries, cities, and companies to build a water-secure future. We produce innovative data and analysis tools to help decision-makers understand current and future water risks. We identify ways for policymakers to build water resilience, forecast and prevent water-related conflicts, and invest in nature-based solutions. We work with cities to expand water access and address the root problems of water insecurity to create more resilient communities. And we guide companies on water stewardship initiatives that can reduce financial risk and improve collective water security. WRI Water initiatives include: Aqueduct and the Aqueduct Alliance; Cities4Forests; Corporate Water Stewardship; Global Water Watch; Urban Water Resilience; Water for Sustainable Development in Ethiopia; and the Water, Peace, and Security Partnership. Our data and research help policymakers set enterprise water targets, inform smart water policies, and assess the costs and benefits of water management strategies. WRI’s Aqueduct tools use open-source, peer-reviewed data to map water risks like floods, droughts, and stress. An internship with WRI’s Water Program provides access to a global team of water experts, mentorship opportunities, and a unique inside view of WRI. As a communications intern, you will work closely with WRI’s Core Communications team and collaborate with a global network of communications and engagement professionals.

This position is fully remote.

What you will do:

In this role, you will have the opportunity to learn, implement, and assess various communications strategies for WRI’s Water Program. Reporting to the Communications Manager, Water, you will develop a media guide for the Program’s initiatives and data tools as well as update media contact lists. You will translate technical jargon and draft content for the Program’s monthly newsletter, social media, media pitches, blogs, and more. This internship provides experience with project management and communications tools, such as Asana, Cision, Emplifi, Google Analytics, and Pardot. You will collaborate with communications professionals and researchers across our initiatives, including staff from WRI Africa, WRI India, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and WRI’s Core Communications team. This internship is perfect for hard workers, self-starters, those able to work by themselves and on a team, and curious minds. You will be supported by and report to the Communications Manager, Water.

Internship Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a media guide for WRI Water’s initiatives and data tools, update pitch lists
  • Gain experience with project management and communications tools, such as Asana, Cision, Emplifi, Google Analytics, Pardot, and various social media platforms
  • Translate technical jargon and draft content for WRI Water’s monthly newsletter, social media channels, media pitches, blogs, presentations, and more
  • Develop and implement communications strategies for publications, events (webinars, workshops, global conferences), social campaigns, and more, liaising with WRI’s Core Communications team and communications professionals across the Institute
  • Track analytics for social media, email marketing, media hits, and more

What you will need:

  • Preference will be given to those majoring in/or with B.A.’s Journalism, Communications, Marketing, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, or other related fields
  • Experience working in media, marketing, communications, nonprofits, or related fields
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, computer skills
  • Interest in global water issues and/or communications
  • Comfortable interning remotely


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

Length of Contract:

This is a part-time, 3-month internship with a flexible start and end date.


  • 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 with a cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

About Us: Founded in 1982, 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 seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

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. 

Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development