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.
Climate Program Overview
Addressing climate change requires significant changes to how we power our homes and factories and build our cities to how we feed our families and move around. Yet countries, businesses, states and cities have yet to make the economic and societal shifts that are required. WRI's role is to help businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels advance the deep structural shifts necessary to address climate change. We focus on ensuring that near-term decisions align with our long-term temperature goals so all people can benefit from safer world and thriving economies. WRI's US Climate Initiative provides analysis, expert commentary, and insights for practical steps at all levels of government in the United States to grow the economy, reduce emissions and strengthen communities.
WRI's US Climate Initiative seeks a US-China Policy Intern for its US-China High-Level Dialogue on Energy and Climate Change. The goal of the dialogue is to foster constructive bilateral peer-to-peer exchanges between climate experts in the US and China on topics including items under the Paris Agreement, subnational cooperation, and carbon pricing. Participants from the U.S. are primarily composed of former high-level U.S. government officials, representatives of leading NGOs and the private sector. Participants from the Chinese side are principally drawn from China's National Expert Panel on Climate Change. WRI takes the lead to organize annual meetings of the dialogue and to work with participants to produce briefing materials and discussion papers. You will work closely with the project team, led by Distinguished Senior Fellow Andrew Light. You will have the ability to engage with other WRI staff and external partners providing thoughtful leadership to the dialogue and assisting with dialogue products.
The intern will gain experience in the following areas:
* Helping to produce briefing papers to support both our US and Chinese experts
* Collecting and analyzing data and research from leading institutions in the US and China for blog posts and other WRI reports
* Assisting in organizing meetings and activities regarding US-China cooperation on climate and energy
* University-sponsored: You must be a current student in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University
* General familiarity with U.S. and Chinese climate policy as demonstrated through relevant coursework or professional/volunteer history
* Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
* Ability to distill complex information in a clear and concise manner
* Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
* Highly responsible, self-motivated
* Strong computer skills a plus, including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office 365 (proficiency with Excel is required), web-based communications, and internet research
* Strong oral communications skills
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.
Compensation: University Sponsored: This position is dependent on the student receiving compensation or academic credit from their university program. WRI does not offer compensation for this internship.
Duration: This is a full-time, 12 week summer internship with start date options of May 16, June 3, or June 17, 2019, based on the student's availability and need for the project.
How to Apply
Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
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.
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