Urban Development 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 January 2016, WRI was again named the #1 environmental think tank in the world in a survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s ‘2015 Global Go To Think Tanks index’.


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 Urban Development practice area, a part of the Cities and Transport program under WRI’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, is seeking to bring on an intern who will play an integral role in conducting research and project support on urban development issues pertaining to Transit-Oriented Development and other relevant urban issues including equity, financing, and urban codes and regulations. The intern will work with members of the practice area to identify and conduct research and develop concept notes, PowerPoint presentations and research papers. The intern will also support grant stewardship by liaising and coordinating efforts with other NGOs and city-level staff in countries around the world, and tracking project progress.  

The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities helps create accessible, equitable, healthy, and resilient urban areas for people, businesses and the environment to thrive. Together with partners, it enables connected, compact and coordinated cities. The Center expands the transport and urban development expertise of the EMBARQ network to catalyze innovative solutions in low-carbon energy, building efficiency, governance, and water risk. It combines the research excellence of the World Resources Institute (WRI) with 13 years of on-the-ground impact through a network of 180 experts working to make cities in Brazil, China, India, Mexico and Turkey better places to live.

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


The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Identify relevant research, data and case studies to supplement written reports, and other existing resources;
  • Work with urban development staff in other countries to coordinate work and provide support;
  • Undertake research activities using technical and professional journals and publications, the internet library databases, etc., to extract and summarize information;
  • Prepare and deliver presentations
  • Organize, synthesize and write about a range of urban issues
  • Support in the organization of events, peer-to-peer activities, documentation of the events, budget preparation and reporting to the Global Environmental Fund [GEF] and as part of the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities [GPSC] project implementation
  • Provide support in proposal writing
  • Support in TOD World Resource website update and addition of new resources
  • Work with other staff to write blogs for the Ross Center website


Required Degree: Bachelor’s degree in a related field, Master’s degree preferred

  • Candidates should possess the following qualities:
  • Excellent research  and 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
  • Ability to work calmly and enthusiastically under high pressure
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Flexibility
  • Highly responsible, self-motivated
  • 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.

Finalists will need to submit 1 writing sample.

Final candidate will be required to take a writing test.

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

Duration: 6 months

Start/End Months: January to June 2017.

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—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.

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