Climate Impacts Internship

Opportunity Type: Job

Durham, North Carolina, United States, RTI Headquarters (RTP Area)

Internship Description

RTI International seeks a prospect for the Climate Impacts Internship within the Center for Applied Economics and Strategy in the Social, Statistical, and Environmental Sciences unit. 


RTI's Center for Applied Economics and Strategy (CAES) conducts economic analysis on a broad array of topics including energy and environmental issues, technology, and economic development. Most of the division’s work assesses the impact of public policies on the environment and economy. 


The Climate Impacts Internship will focus on quantifying the economic impact of climate change (e.g. flooding, drought). The selected intern will assist with estimating increased incidence of inland flooding and its economic impact on infrastructure. RTI economists are interested in developing data and modeling resources that provide improved estimates of increased environmental damage to infrastructure in the US (consider global applications) with climate change. Economic estimates of damages due to climate change is a developing field of critical importance in evaluating climate policies. 


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Develop clear documentation
  • Create well-organized computer programs to manage and visualize data on weather events, physical infrastructure, and land
  • Contribute to original research article(s) demonstrating the novelty and value of work completed
  • Provide on an ongoing basis written and verbal communication on methods, results, and project status



RTI's Internship Program emphasizes experiential and mentored learning experiences, providing students and recent degree recipients an opportunity to apply their academic knowledge and skills in a meaningful and practical way. We are committed to developing the future workforce by encouraging interns to explore various career paths in a nonprofit research institute setting that values diversity and inclusion. Through this program, interns will be exposed to RTI's open and educational culture; support RTI's mission to improve the human condition; and build upon their career goals. 


Additional Information

This virtual, paid internship will take place from early June 2020 through late August 2020. The internship requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week. Hours are flexible during business hours, Monday through Friday. 


Required Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled Duke PhD student
  • Bachelor's degree concentration in computer science, mathematics, economics, or related field,
  • Experience in multiple programming languages
  • Experience in climate, infrastructure, and/or land topics

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in climate model data output,
  • Experience in hydrology and/or GIS,
  • Experience in physical infrastructure data and/or engineering