Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Paid Sustainable Cities Research Internship for Recent Grad

The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities seeks a Research Intern to support research, analysis, writing, and reviewing on topics related to sustainable cities and the development of the flagship World Resources Report (WRR) on Sustainable Cities. WRR takes a novel approach by examining whether meeting the needs of the 'urban undeserved' can achieve more economically prosperous, environmentally sustainable and socially equitable cities for all. The audience for the Report comprises a broad range of urban change agents - including politicians, civil servants, business people and civil society - who build, govern and shape cities. Through extensive stakeholder engagement and partnership with leading institutions and experts, the WRR seeks to influence global discussions about urban sustainability. 

The results of the Intern’s research may be incorporated into the WRR framing paper, key chapters, and case studies. The Intern should have some knowledge and/or experience in sustainable urban planning, policy, finance, and innovative initiatives and programs in cities. The intern will support the Research Director by assisting with research, writing, and proofreading on the topics central to WRR including: urban expansion, housing, water risk and access, as well as energy and transportation. The intern may be asked to co-author blog posts and assist on video production for seminar series and vignette stories of the urban undeserved. Additional tasks will revolve around organizing stakeholder engagement events for the WRR and assisting in coordination of case study work lead by country offices. 

The position is located in WRI's Washington, D.C. office and will report directly to the Director of Research within the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. 


The intern will gain experience in the following areas: 

  • Writing case studies
  • Conducting secondary research
  • Writing literature reviews
  • Reviewing publications
  • Assisting in organizing and analyzing data
  • Writing up qualitative research/surveys conducted in the field
  • Copyediting/proofreading, reference managing through EndNote
  • Developing outreach materials
  • Organizing workshops and/or roundtable discussions with stakeholders

Degree required: Bachelor's in urban planning, public policy, political science, geography, economics, or other relevant subject 

  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner in the written form
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Familiarity and experience with Endnote software
  • Experience creating a research methodology
  • Experience with synthesizing academic journals
  • Strong oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
  • Familiarity and experience with sustainable urban planning, policy, finance, and innovative initiatives in the cities in the global south
  • Ability to work calmly and enthusiastically under high pressure
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Flexible
  • Highly responsible, self-motivated
  • Good sense of humor
  • Extremely well organized and efficient
  • Preferred degree: Masters degree in urban planning, public policy, political science, geography, economics, or other relevant subject
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. 

Candidate must have personal health coverage throughout their internship. 

Final candidate will be required to take a writing test. Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples. 

Start: August 2017 

Duration: 6 months 

Salary: This is a paid intern position with an hourly rate based on experience. 

Apply here.