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.
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 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.
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.
The Helms Fellowship is open only to developing country nationals. The goal is for the learning to be two-way, and have multiple benefits: The Institute’s work would be greatly enhanced through the additional perspective of Fellows who have direct experience with the culture and challenges of these countries, and likewise, Fellows would gain valuable analytical and policy research skills relevant to their professional development and potentially applicable within their home country in the future. All Helms Fellow candidates must have authorization to work in the United States.
Business Center Overview
The research team in WRI’s Business Center is conducting analysis of private sector roles for enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This research is done in partnership with the UN Global Compact through the Action Platform – Pathways to Low Carbon and Resilient Development. This Action Platform will create a unique space for business to scale and deepen commitments on climate change aiming to enhance countries’ NDCs and SDG action plans.
The project aims to raise ambition in NDCs and corporate investments, enabling economic development in a way that limits global temperatures well below 2°C. To do so, WRI and partners will show and build links between countries’ goals and the more than 12,500 climate action commitments from business, investors, civil society, and cities and regions to date.
This internship will focus on completing a deep dive analysis of one developing country where private sector engagement can accelerate economic development and climate action. The analysis will identify opportunities for key sectors and companies to articulate their goals and investments in a way that furthers the country’s climate and development priorities. The Fellow will have an opportunity to make specific recommendations to business and government decision makers, presenting the results of their analysis in a WRI publication.
The research will involve macro and micro analysis of a country’s political, social, and economic context, and NDC and SDG targets. The Fellow will examine the country’s private sector engagement opportunities, including domestic companies and multinational corporations with supply chains within the country’s borders. By understanding the political and private sector context of a country’s climate ambitions, the Fellow will be able to determine gaps and opportunities for more engagement to enhance overall climate ambition and make specific recommendations for further collaboration.
The intern will gain experience in the following areas:
General Internship Requirements
Compensation: This is a paid internship.
Duration: 12 weeks, June to August with flexible start and end dates.
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