Intern (Sustainable Investing)

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 BrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico 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 Sustainable Investing Initiative within WRI’s Sustainable Finance Center is seeking an intern who will play an integral role in conducting research and providing project support for the Center’s work on sustainable investing. We are seeking someone with strong research, analytical, and writing skills to contribute to current projects focused on advancing sustainable investing practices in the mainstream investor marketplace. The intern will support efforts to improve the quality, accessibility, and relevance of environmental and social data for investor decision-making.

The intern will work closely with members of the Sustainable Finance Center to conduct research and analysis and contribute to knowledge products. The intern will also learn about fundraising and convening activities by assisting in the development of concept notes and presentations. Throughout the course of the internship, the intern will have the opportunity to attend meetings and liaise with colleagues across WRI, as well as asset managers, asset owners, and investment consultants.

WRI’s Sustainable Finance Center focuses on shifting public and private capital toward activities that support low carbon and climate-resilient development and away from those that harm people and the environment. We engage governments, development finance institutions, private sector actors, and civil society to achieve our vision. We organize our work around five major themes:
• Enabling implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
• Promoting sustainable finance among key financial-market players
• Strengthening public financial institutions
• Encouraging the United States and China to be sustainable finance champions
• Strengthening resilience and adaptation finance.

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:
• Conducting primary and secondary research and literature reviews
• Conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis
• Contributing to blogs
• Developing presentations and other outreach materials
• Providing general administrative support (less than 10% 0f time)
• Liaising with other WRI programs/centers/international offices


Degree: Currently pursuing (senior in college only) or completed Bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, environmental science, international development, or similar. Master’s degree (or current student) preferred.
• A successful candidate will demonstrate excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research and writing skills
• Candidates with knowledge of climate and/or economic modelling would be strongly preferred
• Applicants should possess a high degree of professionalism and have a strong attention to detail
• Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and internet research
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues
• Highly responsible, self-motivated, and flexible
• Basic knowledge of sustainable investing, corporate social responsibility, or private sector finance would be an asset.

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.

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

Start/End Months: February-May 2018

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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