Friday, November 20, 2020

Paid Program Analysis Internship with the 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. 

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.

Program Overview

The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (Cities Program) helps to transform cities into compact, connected and resilient spaces that provide healthy, accessible and prosperous living environments for their residents. We coordinate the Cities Program’s extensive technical and practical expertise through eight integrated solution areas; Integrated Transport Systems, Vision Zero, Zero Carbon Buildings, Livable Neighborhoods, E-Mobility, Water/Heat Resilience, Air Quality and Inclusive Climate & Energy Action Planning. Data and Urban Finance are cross-cutting themes that inform all of our solution offerings. We implement our solutions by working deeply with multiple stakeholders over long periods of time in large to demonstrate possibilities in rapidly transforming cities. We expand our impact to other cities by leveraging these demonstrated possibilities to convene multiple cross-sectoral stakeholders and partnering with city networks. Our research and projects in cities and in national policies connect environmental sustainability, health, safety, equity and quality of life.

Internship Summary

The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities Program launched a new long-term strategy in 2020 and is currently building new systems and reports to monitor, evaluate, and learn from our work under this new structure. As the Program Analysis Intern, you will work cross-functionally with the Strategy, Operations, and Fund Development teams to assist in improving new reports and online platforms to analyze, monitor, evaluate our work internationally. You will play a pivotal role in gathering, cleaning, and managing datasets and working with the Planning & Performance Analyst to build out new reports and dashboards to circulate to executive leadership and project managers. You will report directly to the Planning & Performance Associate and will work with them on other project management and strategic initiatives. You will also spend time working with the Strategy team.

Learning Outcomes

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Understand how to collect and use programmatic data and transform it for useful, specific decision-making for executive management.
  • Understand how to track and manage a non-profit’s program performance and evaluate impact.
  • Create a higher level of transparency with the program’s international data for collective analysis and learning.
  • Build skills in process excellence, program planning, and performance management for a large, international program.
  • Act as a connector between strategic planning and program performance, helping strengthen our strategy, reporting, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning capacity on the program.
  • Work cross-functionally with international colleagues in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, & Turkey.
  • Gain an understanding of the social sector.

Internship Qualifications

  • Education background in relevant fields such as non-profit management, environment, sustainable development, finance, international relations, among others
  • Familiarity with complex and/or matrixed organizations
  • Excellent data analysis skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Familiarity working in a cross-cultural environment
  • Well-organized, efficient, and self-motivated
  • Ability to work calmly and enthusiastically under high pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Highly organized and self-driven
  • Interest in sustainable cities
  • Ability to think creatively

Preferred qualifications

  • Proficiency with Excel
  • Experience with project management and/or monitoring, evaluation, & learning (MEL)
  • Experience with Office 365 Suite
  • Knowledge of Power BI or DevResults is a plus
  • Additional language skills a plus

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.


  • The pay range for this internship opportunity is between $15-18/hour, commensurate with qualifications.

Duration and Location

  • This is a full-time, six-month internship with flexible start and end dates based on the student’s availability and need for the project.
  • This is a remote-based internship with the option to work out of the Washington D.C. office once it reopens.
  • WRI will provide a laptop for the duration of your internship.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.  For best consideration, apply by December 4.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.