Water Risk Data & Analytics Intern

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US

Program:Food, Forests, and Water Program

Location:Washington, District of Columbia

Position Type:Intern (paid)

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 Water Data & Analytics Intern (the Intern) will be working with the Aqueduct Project (Aqueduct), a WRI Signature Initiative, helping with new research around global water risks, water – energy – food nexus, and droughts and floods, as well as providing technical and analytical support to Aqueduct’s corporate advisory services and in-depth water risk analyses for on-demand projects.

Aqueduct is one of leading data providers on global water risks. We work closely with universities and research institutions around the world developing risk frameworks and indicators on water stress, droughts, floods, and others. Additionally, we work with multinational companies and international development banks and aid agencies apply our data and identifying risk hot spots for business/project prioritization and future planning.

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:

  • Collecting and compiling data from literature, internet, and clients
  • Conducting GIS analysis using global and regional geodatabases
  • Developing Python scripts to automate data processing and geospatial tasks
  • Preparing professional visuals and cartography for online applications and print publications
  • Contributing content to WRI blogs, Aqueduct publications, and fund raising proposals


Degree: Bachelor degree in earth science, environmental engineering, or other related fields required. Master’s degree in earth science, environmental engineering, or other related fields preferred.

  • Proficient in ArcGIS products
  • Experience in Python programming
  • Proven ability to take initiative and responsibility and deliver high quality results
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Great time-management skills and a flexible attitude
  • Great written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in graphic design software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite) is a plus
  • Experience in web mapping development is a plus

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

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

Duration: 6 months with the possibility of transitioning to a full-time staff.

Start/End Months: February – August 2017

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at careers.wri.org to be 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.