Energy and Climate Intern

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US

About WRI

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 WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is seeking an intern to support the program’s research on low emissions development strategies (LEDS) and technologies for the transport sector in Africa, Asia and Latin America on topics that include, but are not limited to, electric buses, bicycle sharing systems, fuel efficiency standards and aligning urban transport policies with the international transport agenda (e.g. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)). Through their research the fellow will (1) produce knowledge products that capture the innovative work being done in these countries, and that will be used to showcase the type of work WRI does on the ground, both for internal and external audiences, and (2) support the team’s capacity building engagements around their research including planning and supporting workshops and webinars, and package these efforts into learning packages that can be accessible to a global audience.

The intern will be based in the Energy and Climate team of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. The fellow will contribute to the Energy and Climate team’s objective to support countries and cities plan, develop and implement low carbon transport solutions; significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerability to climate change impacts; and drive ambition in both national and sub-national climate commitments.

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


The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

Outreach (40%) 

  • Developing outreach materials.
  • Supporting online communications.
  • Assisting with media research.
  • Supporting planning of regional and global workshops and webinars.
  • Contributing to the maintenance of the LEDS Transportation Toolkit
  • Contributing to blog posts about transport and climate to TheCityFix Blog and WRI’s Insight’s Blog.
  • Supporting project development.

Research and Data Analysis (40%) 

  • Developing case studies.
  • Conducting research.
  • Conducting literature reviews.
  • Conducting interviews.
  • Assisting in organizing and analyzing data.
  • Writing knowledge products.

Administrative (10%)

  • Participating in meetings as related to special assignments.
  • Providing general administrative support.


  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, transportation planning, public policy, engineering, or other related field; Master’s Degree Preferred
  • Required: Proficient in Spanish
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent 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
  • Flexible
  • 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. in order to apply 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

Start-End Months: May 2017 – October 2017

Location: Washington, DC

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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