Intern (Natural Infrastructure)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US


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. WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, the Intern is expected to incorporate attention to gender where appropriate. For more information, see our website: Internships at WRI

The WRI Natural Infrastructure Initiative works at the intersection of water security, environmental restoration, and sustainable rural development. With staff in Washington, DC, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Mexico City, Mexico, we are catalyzing a global movement to enhance water security and bolster economic development through landscape conservation, restoration, and sustainable management. We convene and empower champions at all levels of decision-making, and provide the best available evidence and guidance to put natural infrastructure strategies into action. The initiative also leverages WRI’s geospatial mapping (e.g., Aqueduct and Global Forest Watch) and economic expertise to identify water risks, unveil natural infrastructure opportunities, and inform smart strategies to secure water resources.

In the summer of 2018, WRI will disseminate several decision-relevant knowledge products that examine the business case for investing in nature-based solutions. These products will draw on case studies from across Latin America and other developing countries, and will target decision makers at international finance institutions, local and national governments, and the water sector. This summer will be a critical time to create visibility for the natural infrastructure agenda!


This intern will work closely with WRI experts to finalize and strategically communicate these new findings, and identify windows of opportunity to advance the natural infrastructure agenda locally and globally. This internship will provide the opportunity to personally engage with leading international development organizations, conservation groups, government agency personnel, staff at water utilities, and other key stakeholders and decision makers in the fields of natural infrastructure, green finance, and water management. The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Researching and writing case studies on nature-based solutions to water management and other development challenges, drawing on literature and examples from across the globe
  • Supporting project communications, and helping finalize a peer-reviewed report to be published in 2018
  • Conducting stakeholder interviews, partner consultations, desktop research and program analysis to inform the influence strategy for the new studies
  • Organizing and participating in expert review of new research and analysis
  • Authoring or coauthoring a blog or blog series
  • Developing outreach materials
  • Supporting online communications, including email marketing and social media
  • Assisting with media research
  • Coordinating with project partners including international environmental organizations, as well as local stakeholders based in Mexico, Brazil, and other countries.


  • Degree: Pursuing a graduate degree in a field related to environmental science or policy, with interest and familiarity with economics, conservation finance, water resources management, or environmental communications
  • Experience or interest in understanding nature-based solutions to water resource management and other development challenges
  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills, Spanish or Portuguese skills a plus
  • 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 and ready to seize opportunities
  • 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. to be eligible for this position.

Applicants must have personal health insurance coverage to apply.

Stipend: This is an unpaid internship that offers a modest monthly stipend. The intern must secure additional financial support from a university or grant program to cover their living expenses during the internship.

Duration: This is a summer internship for 3 months.

Start/End Months: May to July/August