Monday, November 9, 2015

Paid Energy, Climate & Finance Internship for December or Recent Grad with the World Resources Institute

The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities seeks an Energy, Climate, and Finance Intern to support a project that supports financing of sustainable urban services, focusing initially on the urban energy, buildings, and transport sectors; and geographically on Brazil, India, and Mexico. The project, a collaboration with Citi Foundation and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, aims to take urban service delivery beyond business-as-usual and support cities in delivering solutions that meet the vital needs of citizens and local businesses, while producing local and global benefits.

This internship will support this project through research on sustainable service solutions that will directly feed into the development of a tool, which will facilitate dialogue between key stakeholders on how to invest into sustainable urban services. The Intern should have some knowledge and/or experience of municipal decision-making, sustainable low carbon urban infrastructure and financing of services delivery, public and private finance, domestic and international finance (including climate finance). The intern’s results of the research will be incorporated into the tool and likely also a working paper and report.

The position is located in WRI's Washington, D.C. office and will report to the Director of Energy and Climate of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.
The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

Research (70%)
  • Collect, organize and analyze data on topics related to emerging trends, financial innovations, and best practices in urban services delivery, municipal finance and urban climate finance.
  • Conduct case studies analysis of innovative ways to deliver urban services in the urban energy, buildings, and transport sectors.
  • Conduct a literature review on municipal needs, solutions, and barriers; and delivery models, including business and financing Instruments.
  • Conduct data collection, including through use of databases and possibly stakeholder interviews.
  • Contribute to a working paper or report on how cities can use existing and emerging financial mechanisms for improving service sustainability through new delivery models.
Outreach (10%)
  • Write a blog about the research for TheCityFix and WRI Insights. 
Project Support (20%)
  • Provide ad-hoc support for events related to the project. Tasks include, but are not limited to, agenda setting, contacting invitees, logistical support, preparation of materials, tracking information flows, etc.
  • Provide travel-related support for the project. Tasks include, but are not limited to, coordinating travel, organizing expense reports, etc.
  • Undergraduate degree in Finance, Urban and Regional Economics, Urban/Regional Planning, Environmental Science, or related discipline.
  • Preferred: Master’s degree in Finance, Economics, Urban Planning, or Environmental Science.
  • Preferred: Demonstrated knowledge of key issues in public finance and financial instruments for delivering sustainable urban infrastructure
  • Demonstrated interest in and passion for urban sustainability.
  • Experience of using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team, including actively contributing to team discussions.
  • Ability to think creatively.
  • Flexible, responsible, self-motivated.
  • Extremely well-organized and efficient.
  • Optional: Spanish and/or Portuguese language ability
Final candidate will be required to take a writing test

Salary: (Paid Interns) This is a paid intern position with an hourly rate based on experience.
Duration: 6 months, starting Dec/Jan

Location: Washington, DC

Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.