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The Programme

Internships at WRI are learning experiences designed for current students, recent graduates, or other candidates who wish to gain knowledge about a specific area of our work. We strive to attract diverse, intellectually-driven candidates who have a passion for sustainability and development. WRI provides many internship opportunities throughout the year in all our programs.

In this role, you will contribute to the research and analytical efforts of WRI U.S. and its mission of providing independent and authoritative evidence for how the U.S. can meet its short- and long-term climate commitments.

This will include support across WRI U.S.’ portfolio of projects, including work on Climate Federalism, Renewable Natural Gas as a Climate Strategy, Carbon Pricing, and America’s Pledge, an initiative aiming to aggregate and quantify the impact of city, state, and business climate actions and examine how additional action can impact the nation’s ability to meet its climate commitments.

You will help support this work by researching and compiling quantitative and qualitative information on state and local climate actions in the U.S. You will also contribute to research reports and communications materials as needed. This work will be done in close collaboration with project leads, technical partners, and other WRI programs. Strong consideration will be given to candidates with quantitative skills and familiarity with energy and climate related data in the U.S.

What You Will Do

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Conduct original quantitative and qualitative research to support WRI’s work on Climate Federalism, Renewable Natural Gas as a Climate Strategy, Carbon Pricing, and America’s Pledge.
  • Conduct original quantitative and qualitative research on state, city, and corporate climate actions.
  • Maintain and synthesize energy and emissions related data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and other key sources.
  • Write short reports on research findings, or assist in the writing of larger reports with leading subject matter experts.
  • Help draft blogs and other materials to communicate research findings to a wider audience; and Leverage growing expertise in energy and climate datasets to assist colleagues in related tasks on other workstreams as needed.
  • As needed, assist with scheduling meetings, preparing and organizing briefing materials, providing logistical support for events, assisting with meeting follow-up, and helping to ensure internal coordination.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Pursuing or achieved a bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Economics, Public Policy or related field, or a relevant Law degree.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of U.S. climate policy landscape, particularly at the subnational level.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Excellent data collection and management skills—e.g., through Microsoft Excel, CSV.
  • Strong oral communications skills.
  • 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 well in a team, manage multiple priorities, and work under tight deadlines.
  • Understanding of Microsoft Office suite and other relevant applications.
Closed a year ago
Closed a year ago
  • Job type:Internships
  • Disciplines:

    Environment, Science, Economics, Law

  • Citizenships:

  • Locations:

    Washington (United States

  • Closing Date:26th Aug 2019, 6:00 pm


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