Intern, Engagement & Communications, High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Internships Washington, District of Columbia

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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, 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.

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Program Overview

The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy is an initiative by world leaders committed to advancing solutions for ocean health and wealth that support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build a better future for people and planet. As the only ocean body made up of serving heads of government, the Panel comes with high-level political commitment. The leaders on the Panel recognize that economic production and ocean protection must be mutually supportive. The Panel has the determination to trigger, amplify and accelerate world-wide ocean action in governance, technology, industry and finance.

World Resources Institute has established a world-class and globally-representative Secretariat to serve as the hub of an outstanding international research and communications network and support the work of the High Level Panel, the Expert Group and the Advisory Network.

Internship Summary

The internship is focused on two areas:

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Engagement of an array of stakeholders in the business, NGO and Intergovernmental Organizations which includes identifying, managing and end engaging the stakeholders.
  • Preparing documentation in support of the program and the work of the stakeholders.
  • Support meeting outreach and organization.


  1. Assist with implementing communications strategies and coordinating the work of communication professionals around the world.
  2. Support the management of media relationships; and support the publication production processes and coordinating products and events.
  3. Assist with the development of content for social media accounts and online graphics.

Learning Outcomes

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • You will have an exposure to some of the most relevant stakeholders in the ocean space and be able to engage with them in the process of one of the most ambitious initiatives. 
  • You will gain experience in the process of stakeholder engagement, by conducting research, preparing outreach documentation and supporting actions.  You will also gain experience in stakeholder management, with activities that include onboarding processes, virtual calls and event preparation, as well as continued follow up that ensure maximum participation.
  • You will build and foster collaborative relationships with communication experts to encourage global communication efforts around common messages.
  • You will learn about tracking and evaluating metrics of communications success and adapting strategies to grow and improve outreach results.

Internship Qualifications

  • Current undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates
  • Candidates should have a strong academic background and organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Have an interest in sustainability and the ocean.
  • Prior work experience at a nonprofit organization.
  • Database experience is a plus

General Internship Requirements

  • Applicants must have personal health insurance coverage.
  • US work authorization is required for this opportunity. WRI does not sponsor interns for visas.


This is a paid internship.


This is a six-month (24 week) internship with flexible start and end dates (September to March) based on the student’s availability and need for the project.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter. 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.