Intern, Climate Action Platform Research, Helms Fellow

World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Apr 09

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.

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. 

Helms Fellowship

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.

Internship Overview

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:

  • Working with other WRI teams, partners, businesses and governments to advance climate action
  • Engaging with international climate change policy platforms
  • Conducting research (interviews, literature reviews, sector/market analysis)
  • Compiling, organizing and analyzing data
  • Writing/editing/proofreading WRI reports, case studies, blogs


  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following or related fields: international relations, political science, environmental science, economics, business management. Master's degree preferred.
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent 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
  • Familiarity and experience with the Paris Agreement and Nationally Determined Contributions
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Flexibility
  • Highly responsible, self-motivated
  • Extremely well organized and efficient

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.
  • Applicants must be a developing country national, and priority will be given to applicants from one of the following countries:
    • Bangladesh
    • Brazil
    • Colombia
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Ethiopia
    • Fiji
    • Ghana
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Kenya
    • Mexico
    • Morocco
    • Pakistan
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • Tanzania
    • Vietnam

Compensation: This is a paid internship.
Duration: 12 weeks, June to August with flexible start and end dates.

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