New Climate Economy Intern

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

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 New Climate Economy (NCE) Project is seeking a versatile and detail-oriented individual to work with the Strategic Engagement Team, which directly supports the Global Commissioners on the Economy and Climate and partners to disseminate NCE messages through major moments such as the World Bank and IMF Meetings, WEF Annual and Regional Forums and the China-India Dialogue.

This is an excellent position for someone seeking to gain high-level experience with communication and engagement strategies within global climate and development initiatives, exposure to WRI’s economic analysis and the political economy of implementing sustainable development, and hone organizational, research and presentation skills within a respected international environmental organization.

NCE has provided the intellectual underpinnings that climate action is good for economic growth. NCE leverages the high-level access of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate – a group of 26 world leaders – to target economic decision-makers such as Heads of State, Ministers of Finance and CEOs. NCE works directly with multilateral initiatives and priority countries, and its findings have been reflected at the highest political levels, including by the leadership of development finance institutions and in national plans and green growth strategies of Colombia, Ethiopia and Uganda.

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:

  • Assisting with day-to-day support tasks, including management of NCE’s engagement calendar and newsletter inputs, as well as coordination with partners, Commissioner advisors, and funders.
  • Preparing country or issue-specific briefings, talking points and slide decks, as well as logistics support, for Global Commissioners and Senior NCE Staff in their engagements, including the G20 Summit and the Business and Climate Summit.
  • Assisting in research and synthesis of materials relating to energy, finance, and south-south cooperation in support of the China-India Dialogue, co-hosted on an annual basis by the New Climate Economy, Tsinghua University, and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations.
  • Complete literature reviews and preliminary research for NCE’s 2018 Flagship Report, on the global opportunities for accelerating climate ambition in the lead up to the 2020 stock-take of national contributions to the Paris Agreement.
  • Lead the development of internal technology tools, for example social network analysis of NCE engagement efforts in key countries and stakeholder database management.
  • Draft other notes or inputs to research reports and engagement events as required


Required: Completed degree from an accredited undergraduate or graduate program.

Degree preferred: International Relations, Economics, Environmental Science, Communications

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills, with the ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Demonstrated research ability
  • Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office, especially PowerPoint, web-based communications (e.g., Skype, GoToMeeting, etc.), and experience or willingness to learn platforms such as salesforce and social network analysis tools
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission and values and interest in climate and development issues
  • Highly responsible, self-motivated, with an ability to work both independently and part of a team
  • Extremely well organized and efficient
  • 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: 3 months with the possibility of an extension or full-time offer

Start/End Months: Late-May 2017 – Late-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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