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Intern, Communications, Climate Program - WRI

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World Resources Institute - Washington, DCWorld 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, and 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

There isn’t a silver bullet, or a single pressure point to tackle the climate crisis. It will require an army of actors, a menu of pathways and an array of interventions in the right places. Tailoring approaches to these unique situations is the sweet spot for the Climate Program at World Resources Institute. We help businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels advance the deep structural shifts necessary to address climate change. With offices in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico, our international climate work includes in-country support, analysis, innovation and partnerships to achieve effective national mitigation and adaptation policies and implement the Paris Agreement on climate change. WRI’s U.S. 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. Climate Watch offers open data, visualizations and analysis to help policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders gather insights on countries' climate progress.

Internship Summary

2020 is a critical year for climate action, when countries must strengthen their commitments under the Paris Agreement in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 on the way to net-zero emissions by 2050. WRI seeks a Climate Change Communications intern who will play an integral role in developing and executing smart communication and engagement strategies to promote our research and extend our influence with climate policy and data professionals in key countries during this important period. This position will support the climate communications team and experts in the Global Climate Program through work in multiple communications channels including our website, social media, blog, publications, media relations, and events. The intern will assist with email marketing, data analytics, webinars, events and other activities. In addition, the intern may draft and edit blog posts and social media graphics and videos, support publication and web production processes and assist in media relations.