Intern, Engagement, P4G, Cameron Speth Fellowship

Internships Washington, District of Columbia


Position at World Resources Institute

WRI Overview

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 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, or 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. 

P4G Overview

P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 – is a new international initiative that brings together business, government, and civil society organizations in innovative public-private partnerships to deliver inclusive growth and implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement. We focus on breakthrough solutions that help meet humanity’s greatest needs in five key areas: food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy. P4G offers facilitation, funding and recognition to help partnerships grow and become global models for sustainable solutions. In addition, through major convening moments such as the P4G Summit as well as our State-of-the-Art report and awards program, we showcase the most innovative partnerships driving sustainable development in the world.

Internship Summary

As the Engagement Intern, you will support the overall engagement strategy for P4G, including outreach to P4G partner countries which include: Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, The Netherlands, South Korea and Vietnam. You will also support P4G engagement in major meetings and events, including preparing for meetings and events around the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit.

Learning Outcomes

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:                                                               

  • Research and support on-boarding of new P4G partner countries. Gain in-depth understanding of green growth priorities in Latin America, Asia and Africa
  • Support outreach to P4G partner countries related to 2019 P4G partnerships, Board meetings and P4G National Platforms. Develop in-depth understanding of innovative public-private partnerships being proposed to meet countries’ sustainable development goals.
  • Conduct outreach to P4G partners and planning around the UNSG Climate Summit meetings/events. Develop important communication and planning skills, and understanding of major international sustainable development and climate conference.
  • Prepare briefing summaries on 2018 P4G partnerships and related communications materials. Develop skills to distill key information for decision makers and the public.

Internship Qualifications

  • Cameron Speth Fellowship requirements: You must be a current master's degree student at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University and also be from a developing nation or Japan
  • Relevant course-work and demonstrated interest in international relations, public policy, or sustainable development
  • Superb interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others and with the highest standards of integrity
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to P4G’s mission of inclusive green growth and partnership.

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.

Compensation: This position is funded through the Cameron Speth Fellowship at WRI. 

Duration: This is a full-time, 10- or 12-week summer internship with start date options of May 16, June 3, or June 17, 2019, based on the student’s availability and funding for the project.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.