Communications/Operations Intern

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US

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.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges,and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.


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 (WRI) is seeking a Communications/Operations intern to support WRI’s expanding outreach and communications worldwide. The Intern will be based in Washington DC and will support WRI’s core Communications team with operations, scheduling, administrative responsibilities, media relations, online communications, events and other duties. The position requires someone who is a strong writer, creative, organized, detail-oriented and enthusiastic. An interest in environment, sustainability and/or international development is highly desirable. This position offers an opportunity to play a big role in WRI’s communications and operations.

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:

  • Provide general communications support to the core team and programs, including writing, editing, design research, and other tasks;
  • Assist with media research and outreach, including working with WRI’s media database (Vocus);
  • Write, edit and post blogs and other online content on’s website;
  • Create Powerpoint presentations and help manage WRI’s photo library;
  • Support events by helping with set up/breakdown and logistics; 
  • Provide administrative support, including scheduling meetings, travel, event logistics, note-taking; and
  • Provide operations and finance support to the team, create contracts and payment requests, expense reports, and related.


  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in journalism, public relations, communications, international relations, or a related field; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Interest in and commitment to environmental and international development issues;
  • Familiarity and experience with diverse international cultures is a plus.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others; and
  • Ability to work calmly and enthusiastically in a high-pressure atmosphere.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills in English (required), and in a second language (desired); 
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to juggle multiple projects and responsibilities;
  • Visual skills, such as photography, graphic design, and Photoshop are highly desirable;
  • Online research and strong computer skills, including knowledge of Excel;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office;
  • Ability to think creatively about all elements of communications work; and
  • Flexible, highly responsible, articulate, self-motivated, with a good sense of humor.
  • 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: (Paid Interns) This is a paid intern position with an hourly rate based on experience. 

Duration: 6 months

Start/End Months: May – November, 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.

Learn more about our organization at