Sustainable Cities Research Intern

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.

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

The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities seeks a Research Intern to support research, analysis, writing, and reviewing on topics related to sustainable cities and the development of the flagship World Resources Report (WRR) on Sustainable Cities. WRR takes a novel approach by examining whether meeting the needs of the ‘urban undeserved’ can achieve more economically prosperous, environmentally sustainable and socially equitable cities for all. The audience for the Report comprises a broad range of urban change agents – including politicians, civil servants, business people and civil society – who build, govern and shape cities. Through extensive stakeholder engagement and partnership with leading institutions and experts, the WRR seeks to influence global discussions about urban sustainability.

The results of the Intern’s research may be incorporated into the WRR framing paper, key chapters, and case studies. The Intern should have some knowledge and/or experience in sustainable urban planning, policy, finance, and innovative initiatives and programs in cities. The intern will support the Research Director by assisting with research, writing, and proofreading on the topics central to WRR including: urban expansion, housing, water risk and access, as well as energy and transportation. The intern may be asked to co-author blog posts and assist on video production for seminar series and vignette stories of the urban undeserved. Additional tasks will revolve around organizing stakeholder engagement events for the WRR and assisting in coordination of case study work lead by country offices.

The position is located in WRI’s Washington, D.C. office and will report directly to the Director of Research within the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.

Responsibilities

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

• Writing case studies
• Conducting research
• Conducting literature reviews
• Reviewing publications
• Assisting in organizing and analyzing data
• Writing
• Editing/proofreading
• Developing outreach materials
• Organizing workshops and/or roundtable discussions with stakeholders

Qualifications

Degree required: Bachelor’s in urban planning, public policy, political science, geography, economics,  or other relevant subject

Preferred degree: Masters degree in urban planning, public policy, political science, geography, economics, or other relevant subject 

• Excellent research and analytical skills
• Excellent writing skills
• Strong oral communications skills
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
• Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
• Familiarity and experience with sustainable urban planning, policy, finance, and innovative initiatives in cities
• Ability to work calmly and enthusiastically under high pressure
• Ability to think creatively
• Flexible
• Highly responsible, self-motivated
• Good sense of humor
• Extremely well organized and efficient

WRI does not sponsor interns for visas of any kind.  Must have authorization to work in the U.S. to be eligible for this position.

Final candidate will be required to take a writing test. Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples.

Duration: 6 months

Start/End Months: November 2016 – May 2017

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

How to Apply

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

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) 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—and 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.

Learn more about our organization at www.wri.org.


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