Intern (Climate Action & Data Outreach)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US



About WRI

World Resources Institute is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our 500 experts and staff work with partners in more than 50 countries; we have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.

WRI is consistently ranked as the top global Think Tank working on environmental issues.

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.


World Resources Institute seeks a Climate Action & Data Outreach Intern who will play an integral role in WRI United States by supporting a new and exciting climate data and policy project that will advance climate action within the United States and throughout the world. The project is in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy to empower cities with the data necessary to inventory their GHG emissions and start climate action planning.

The main responsibility of the Climate Action & Data Outreach Intern will be to provide direct support the project’s Outreach Lead and the team’s outreach and partnership efforts. The intern will have be exposed regularly to key national and international stakeholders and globally-renowned organizations, including the Global Covenant of Mayors, ICLEI, C40, Google, NASA, as well as local and national governments across the globe.

A successful candidate will have demonstrated abilities in event staffing, stakeholder engagement, contact database management, general admin support, research, and logistic support. A successful candidate will need strong interpersonal and written communication skills, resiliency, flexibility, and drive.


The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

• Assisting with gathering, tagging, and organizing contact data and program due-outs to serve as the basis of a strong external engagement strategy. 
• Identifying, monitoring, and summarizing information about regional and national emissions data and other program relevant research requests.
• Researching options for effective business, state, local and federal government, NGO, and academic stakeholder engagement on climate and the environment issues. 
• Assisting in the setup and implementation of additional targeted engagement activities including workshops, conferences, and outreach events.


Degree: Currently pursuing or completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Environmental Studies, Economics, or Communications

• Excellent oral communications skills
• Excellent online research skills
• Excellent typing speed, attention to detail, and data entry skills
• General familiarity with the organizational structure of national and subnational government, business, and NGOs
• Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office, especially Excel 
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
• Self-motivated, inquisitive, and engaged
• Preferred: Experience working with Salesforce and Pardot
• 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: 6 Months: Mid-Feb 2018 – Mid-August 2018 (dates flexible)

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally 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—and approach we call “Managing for Results.”

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