Intern (Science Based Targets Communication)

World Resources Institute (WRI)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)


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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

WRI's work on Science Based Targets is based in WRI's Business Center.  The work is performed primarily through our role in the Science based Targets initiative (SBTi).  The SBTi is a collaboration of CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.  The initiative mobilizes companies to set science-based target setting as a way to create competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. The initiative: 

Showcases companies that set science-based targets through case studies, events and media to highlight the increased innovation, reduced regulatory uncertainty, strengthened investor confidence and improved profitability and competitiveness generated by science-based target setting. 
Defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting with the support of a Technical Advisory Group 
Offers resources, workshops and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption 
Independently assesses and approves companies’ targets 
WRI also engages directly with companies to provide advisory services on setting science-based targets. 

Internship Summary

The intern will support the Business Center team in communications efforts related to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The individual will support the following:

Develop and execute communications strategies to achieve program goals and enhance program visibility through online communications, media outreach, events, and other venues as appropriate.
Write and edit materials including blog posts, op-eds, e-blasts, infographics, and messaging to translate technical materials for various audiences.
Maintain and manage email contact database.
Regularly track and evaluate metrics of success and adapt strategies to grow and improve outreach over time.
Assist in updating content on the SBTi website.

Learning Outcomes

The internship will gain experience in the following areas:

The position represents a unique opportunity to learn from one of WRI’s high impact initiatives to increase the ambition of the private sector to reduce GHG emissions.
The intern will provide support to a team of highly motivated individuals working on science-based target setting for greenhouse gases.  

Internship Qualifications

Currently pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field or recently graduated
Previous internship or work experience in communications preferred
Strong communication skills, including written and oral communications
Understanding of digital platforms and content management
Graphic design and visual communications experience preferred  
Experience managing a social media account for an organization or brand
An ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
Highly organized and ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
Experience with HTML and managing websites

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.

Duration: This is a six-month (24-week) internship with flexibility with an ideal start date of early September.