Paid US Energy Internship with World Resources Institute
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 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, sustainable cities, and the ocean.
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.
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.
The WRI Energy Program is rapidly expanding its scope and body of work in clean energy across the U.S. Through the Special Clean Power Council and development of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, WRI has traditionally worked with utilities to drive new clean energy solutions. Recently, the WRI has partnered with Rocky Mountain Institute to form the American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator which supports cities across the U.S. in meeting their renewable energy purchasing goals. In addition to working with utilities, customers, and now cities across the U.S., WRI has also begun to address the ability of electricity markets to respond to the growth of renewable energy development. The U.S. Energy intern will support activities across these bodies of work, as well as help fuel WRI’s expansion into topics critical to the transformation of the electricity industry.
As the U.S. Energy intern, you will provide research needed to support the Energy Team’s various projects across the U.S. The majority of your work will focus on research support for local governments under the American Cities Climate Challenge Renewable Energy Accelerator. Examples of research support will include best practices and case studies for municipal electricity procurement, innovative financing models, clean energy technology trends, and decarbonization efforts. Research support will be provided across a variety of projects focused on the transition to clean energy sources.
The intern will gain experience in the following areas:
Providing research support for cities and other large energy buyers in their efforts to procure clean energy for their electricity needs
Helping prepare case studies of innovative approaches to clean energy deployment in the marketplace
Supporting the organization and implementation of events with stakeholders focused on clean energy issues
Tracking major clean energy market developments including procurement announcements, policy changes, new market rules, or new technologies
Researching rules and approaches to integrating new technologies across wholesale power markets to identify common principles or frameworks that are successful
Highly organized individual with ability to work independently
Interest in understanding how the U.S. regulatory and industry structure can impact clean energy development
Interest in municipal management of electrical grids and introduction of renewable energy to consumption/generation mix
Commitment to creating a strong, cohesive, and effective platform to help cities identify and implement actions to achieve their clean energy goals.
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.