Knowledge Management Intern

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

WRI Overview

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.

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 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 advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. 

Program Overview

Launched at COP22 in Marrakesh, the The NDC Partnership comprises over 70 countries and 13 international organizations committed to accelerating climate action under the Paris Agreement. The NDC Partnership builds in-country capacity and increases knowledge sharing so that climate policies have meaningful and enduring impacts, and drive increasing global ambition over time.

The Support Unit helps drive these efforts by building and disseminating knowledge resources that make data, country experiences and technical resources easily accessible, thus helping countries replicate good practices and accelerate implementation of their NDCs. To do this, it builds on the detailed in-country work of the Partnership, as well as the huge reach of its partner organizations.

Internship Overview

The NDC Partnership is seeking an intern to play an integral role in conducting research and capturing lessons learned in global NDC implementation.  Working directly with the Knowledge Management Associate, the Knowledge Management Intern will help to develop, populate, and maintain a system for tracking and categorizing countries’ actions toward NDC implementation. The intern will engage with the whole NDC Partnership Support Unit team to extract relevant lessons derived through missions, dialogue with country partners, and NDC Partnership convening events. The intern will synthesize lessons for incorporation into the team’s knowledge management system, and draft summary analyses for publication. In addition, the intern will support the redesign of the NDC Partnership’s Knowledge Portal, ensuring that partner content is captured and appropriately reflected, as well as helping to update content to better meet user needs. As needed, the intern may also join meetings and calls with knowledge partner research organizations and country representatives. 

This position will expose the intern to unique insights into the process of implementing climate action through the NDCs. The intern will gain a deeper understanding of country actions related to emissions reduction and resilience to climate change.  The intern will have some freedom to focus on research topics or regions based on interest and experience.  

Learning Outcomes

The NDC Partnership Knowledge Management Intern will gain experience in the following areas:

Coordinating with the NDC Partnership’s country specialists to surface emerging lessons and good practices of relevance to NDC implementation;
Identifying and tracking relevant research, analysis, guidance and other tools being produced by NDC Partnership members and other leading organizations;
Supporting the maintenance of a knowledge management database to ensure the Partnership has up-to-date insights on NDC experiences;
Supporting updates to the NDC Partnership’s online Knowledge Portal, including editing and drafting new content and helping make improvements to the user experience;
Helping to distill key insights on NDC implementation into relevant research and communications products, including case studies, blogs, presentations, and workshop material;
Operating in a diverse and dynamic international team; and
Collaborating with diverse research organizations, related experts, and representatives from member country governments.


Bachelor’s degree in environmental policy, energy, public policy, international relations, development, or related field. Master’s degree preferred
Familiarity and experience with Climate and related fields
Excellent research and writing skills
Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
Strong attention to detail.
Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and web-based communications 
Flexible and self-motivated
Ability to think creatively
Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
Experience with content management systems and other online database tools is desired but not necessary

General Internship Requirements

Applicants must have personal health insurance coverage.
U.S. work authorization is required for this opportunity. WRI does not sponsor interns for visas.
Compensation: This is a paid internship but no housing allowance is provided.

Duration: 12-16 weeks starting in summer 2018

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal 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.