Intern (U.S. Climate Legislative Engagement)

World Resources Institute (WRI)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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 six 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 and sustainable cities.

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 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.

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. 

WRI-U.S. Overview

WRI-U.S. works to advance practical solutions to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions, deploy clean energy solutions, improve resilience to climate impacts, and achieve a strong, clean economy that benefits all Americans. We do so through rigorous peer-reviewed expert analysis, consultation, convening, coalition building, and clear communications. We work at all levels of government and with leading businesses across the United States. Our experience, reputation and connections in the policy arena, the private sector and beyond place us in a unique position to help shape federal and state climate, energy, transportation, and land sector policy and generate new ideas and practices for low-carbon development over the coming years.

Internship Summary

In this role, you will contribute to the congressional engagement, research, and analytical activities of WRI U.S., in support of our efforts to lay the groundwork for advancing federal action on low-carbon, equitable and resilient policies, including infrastructure and clean energy investment. You will help with this work by researching opportunities for federal infrastructure investment and other energy and climate-related policies and supporting engagement with key lawmakers and their staff.  You will also contribute to research reports and communications materials for this and other WRI-U.S. projects as needed. As a member of the U.S. team working on a cross-cutting issue, you will have the opportunity to interact with experts from across WRI programs and sectors.

Learning Outcomes

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Support engagement with members of Congress by identifying relevant congressional staff and maintaining databases for targeted outreach, scheduling meetings, preparing and organizing briefing materials, providing logistical support for Hill events, assisting with meeting follow-up, and helping to ensure internal coordination.
  • Attend congressional briefings and transmit relevant takeaways to senior WRI government affairs staff.
  • Write short reports on research findings, or assist in the writing of larger reports with leading subject matter experts.
  • Help draft blogs and other materials to communicate research findings to a wider audience.
  • Leverage growing expertise in energy and climate datasets to assist colleagues in related tasks on other workstreams as needed.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for WRI-US broadly by scheduling meetings, providing technical support for meetings, and providing other tasks as needed.

Internship Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental policy, environmental science, economics, political science, public policy or related field, or a relevant law degree; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of U.S. climate policy landscape and familiarity with or interest in relevant Congressional developments.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Excellent data collection and management 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 well in a team, manage multiple priorities, and work under tight deadlines.
  • Understanding of Microsoft Office suite and other relevant applications.

General Internship Requirements

  • Applicants must have personal health insurance coverage.  
  • US work authorization is required for this opportunity. WRI does not sponsor interns for visas. 


This is a paid internship.


This is a six-month internship with flexible start (January-February) and end dates based on the candidate’s availability.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.