Ross Prize for Sustainable Cities Intern

World Resources Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Nov 03

Position description

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 six 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 and sustainable cities.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges,and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in BrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States


Internships at WRI provide opportunities for motivated young professionals to learn from our experts and participate in engaging work at the intersection of environment and development.  WRI provides many internship opportunities throughout the year in all of our programs and offices. We seek interns with diverse backgrounds and who are passionate about the environment to help us make a direct global impact. For more information, see our website: Internships at WRI

The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities helps create accessible, equitable, healthy, and resilient urban areas for people, businesses and the environment to thrive. Together with partners, it enables connected, compact and coordinated cities. The Center expands the transport and urban development expertise of the EMBARQ network to catalyze innovative solutions in low-carbon energy, building efficiency, finance, and water risk. It combines the research excellence of the World Resources Institute (WRI) with 13 years of on-the-ground impact through a network of 220 experts working to make cities in Brazil, China, India, Mexico and Turkey better places to live.

About the WRI Ross Prize for Sustainable Cities

Cities are places of innovation and opportunity. Cities are also laboratories that test new ideas to solve the world’s most pressing and urgent problems. Transformative projects developed and tested in cities may start as small projects, but can have a huge impact as they become recognized and replicated around the world. Recognizing those efforts can help accelerate the spread of solutions to other geographies, thus increasing the impact on people’s lives.

The WRI Ross Prize for Cities is an international award that will honor projects that create transformative change toward sustainable cities. It aims to share replicable best practices across cities, and draw attention to exiting initiatives that can serve as lighthouse examples to other cities across the world. The Ross prize will shine a light on model urban development and the process that enabled it. The prize will look at two aspects of a transformational project: tangible impact and future transformational potential.

The Urban Development practice area, part of the WRI’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, is seeking to hire an intern who will play an integral role in launching the first WRI Ross Prize for Sustainable Cities. The intern will support the team throughout the entire process: designing the prize criteria to select winners, writing pieces about urban transformation, communicating with candidates, recommenders and jury, writing blogs, supporting the prize's communication strategy, and other tasks as needed.



The intern will gain experience in project management, communications, and urban planning. Specifically the internship will provide opportunities for:

  • Supporting the process of designing and implementing an urban development prize, from conceptualization to selection of the winner
  • Communicating with various stakeholders involved in the prize, from internal staff, to urban development experts and jurors.
  • Developing content for the Prize’s website
  • Supporting the team in tasks related to the prize management: including in particular communications and interfacing with the global network of experts involved in the prize initiative.
  • Organizing materials, synthesizing and writing blogs, memos, and other general-audience content about a range of transformative initiatives – projects, policies and programs that have changed their cities and beyond.

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing case studies
  • Conducting desk research
  • Contributing to blogs
  • Editing/proofreading
  • Providing general administrative support
  • Supporting project development


Required Degree: Bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, international relations, urban planning or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.

Candidates should possess the following qualities:

  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Strong oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work calmly and enthusiastically under high pressure
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Flexibility
  • Highly responsible, self-motivated
  • Extremely well-organized and efficient

Must have authorization to work in the U.S. to be eligible for this position.

Applicants must have personal health insurance coverage to apply.

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