Intern (Corporate Water Stewardship)

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 World Resources Institute’s Food, Forest, and Water Program (FFW) is seeking a full-time, independent, innovative, and detail-oriented Intern to provide research, program development, and communications support to the Aqueduct team, with a particular emphasis on WRI’s work with the private sector.

Specifically, the Intern will help coordinate WRI’s engagement with the private sector on topics related to water risk, disclosure, strategies and stewardship, and support private sector fundraising efforts and program development activities more broadly. The Intern will also support communications and outreach efforts by leveraging data and research from WRI to build the case for increased private sector engagement in sustainable water resources management.

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:


  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis and research related to corporate water risk, impacts, management, reporting, target setting, stewardship and valuation, for companies, sectors, and/or industries. 
  • Research on private sector market trends to inform Aqueduct project activities and corporate engagement strategy.
  • Support the research, development and pilot testing, and publication of methodologies, standards and protocols relevant to water resources management in the private sector.

 Corporate Engagement:

  • Help develop funding proposals and support innovative options for funding and marketing Aqueduct products and engagement opportunities.
  • Assist in the development of presentations, blogs, webinars, events, and other communications.
  • Support the administrative needs and requests of Aqueduct and other WRI corporate partners.
  • Support and respond to requests from private sector Aqueduct users.



  • Undergraduate or graduate degrees in business, environmental science, earth systems, engineering, or related.
  • MBA or equivalent preferred.

Experience and skills: 

  • Corporate sustainability experience preferred.
  • Excellent analytical, quantitative, research, communication, and writing skills
  • Innovative, entrepreneurial and creative thinking
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Proven ability to take initiative and responsibility and deliver high quality results

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 and submit 2 writing samples

Salary: This is a paid intern position with an hourly rate based on experience, with the possibility of transitioning to a full-time salary position. 

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

Start/End Months: March to August 2017 

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at to be considered.

The World Resources Institute ( 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.

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