Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Paid Climate Data and Tools Internship with the World Resources Institute for Recent Grad

WRI’s Climate Program seeks an intern to work on the development of an online data platform that will provide data, tools, and other resources to support countries in planning and implementation of their national climate commitments (known as NDCs) and Sustainable Development Goals. The intern will conduct research and analysis on a variety of climate data including greenhouse gas emissions, climate policies, national climate plans, climate finance and NDCs, in order to help develop, populate, and refine the contents of this platform. The intern will be a key part of the growing climate data team, and will also have the opportunity to work closely with WRI’s partner organizations as well as with national governments, with whom WRI is collaborating to deliver this platform. For an example of the climate data team’s existing work, see the CAIT climate data explorer . 

This project falls within WRI’s climate data, or TRAC (Tools, Reporting, and Analysis for Climate) initiative, which works to develop tools, standards, data platforms, and analysis that provide the foundation for large-scale climate action and facilitate the transformation of climate data into climate action. The position will be full time and based in WRI’s Washington, DC office. 

WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, the Intern is expected to incorporate attention to gender where appropriate. 


The intern will gain experience in the following areas: 

  • Conducting large-scale qualitative and quantitative research on climate commitments and relevant climate data, including emissions data, national climate plans, climate policies, climate finance, and others
  • Helping to collect, clean, and manipulate large and varied datasets
  • Reviewing and improving data and data collection methods
  • Identifying compelling stories and trends in the data to highlight in blog posts or other written materials
  • Helping to develop outreach materials for conferences and other external events
  • Setting up calls and meetings with internal and external stakeholders, taking notes, and keeping track of follow-up actions as needed
  • Liaising with other programs and centers, as well as with WRI’s international offices
  • Providing input on the project development process and taking initiative to suggest improvements where needed

Degree : Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy, Sustainability, Global Development, or related topic; Master’s degree preferred. 

  • Excellent research skills and ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to problem solve and think creatively
  • Self-motivated and flexible
  • Detail oriented, well organized, and efficient
  • Familiarity with relevant climate data, e.g. greenhouse gas emissions, mitigation targets, climate finance, and adaptation
  • Familiarity and/or experience with international climate policy or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
  • Quantitative skills, including comfort with advanced Excel functionality preferred
  • Experience with data visualizations is a plus
  • 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.
Final candidate will be required to take a writing test 

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

Duration: 6 months 

Start/End Months: September/October to February 

How to Apply 

Qualified applicants must apply online at careers.wri.org to be considered.