Global Forest Watch Funding and Monitoring Intern

Internships Washington, DC, United States

 About the Program:

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that harnesses cutting edge technology to provide data and tools for monitoring forests. GFW’s online platform allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing, creating unprecedented transparency about what is happening in forests worldwide. GFW works with governments, companies, civil society organizations, and journalists to transform information and transparency into action and accountability to conserve, restore, and sustainably manage forests around the

This position is hybrid and will require a few days per week in our Washington DC office. 

What you will do:

The Funding and Monitoring Intern of Global Forest Watch (GFW) contributes to the initiative’s proposal development and monitoring, learning and evaluation (MEL) efforts under the supervision of the Senior Manager of MEL for Food Land and Water (FLW) and the GFW director. S/he contributes to proposal research, project workplans, design of results frameworks, and monitoring systems. S/he is responsible for managing proposal content collection, drafting proposal components, and supporting project evaluations. The Proposals and Monitoring (PM) Intern will collect and refine content for proposals; develop performance management plans; monitor established indicators; adapt protocols and processes for systematic collection of indicator data and user stories; and coordinate the timely submission of proposals.

Internship Learning Outcomes:

Support Proposal Development (50%)

  • Maintain proposal development tracker.
  • Conduct research on proposal opportunities and requirements.
  • Contribute to drafting of proposals.
  • Coordinate multistakeholder input and feedback to proposals.

Support Design and Implementation of MEL Processes in GFW (25%)

  • Contribute to the development of MEL plans for proposals.
  • Support communication with GFW staff on MEL tools and strategies, reporting requirements, and lessons learned.

Support Project Performance Monitoring (25%)

  • Contribute to documenting GFW’s project status using user stories and other metrics.
  • Help to maintain consistent data collection methods for indicators, in spreadsheets and other systems.
  • Compile program data and document progress toward outcomes for internal and external communication/reports.

What you will need:

  • Bachelor's Degree in International Development, Environmental Policy/Science, NGO Management, Public Administration, or related field required.
  • Minimum of 1 or more years of professional experience in proposal development and/or performance monitoring, specifically collecting and analyzing data and working with teams to identify project results and impact.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills and familiarity with geo-spatial mapping technology, SPSS or STATA, Google analytics, and digital reporting and story-telling platforms.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • US work authorization is required.


The pay for this internship opportunity is $20 for undergrads; $22 for graduates and $24 for PhD students.

Length of Contract:

This is a full-time, 6-month internship with a flexible start and end date.


         This is a hybrid internship that will be based out of our Washington D.C. office. You will be required to work in the Washington DC office at least 8 days per month.

         WRI will provide a laptop for the duration of your internship.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with a cover letter by April 14, 2024. Applicants mustapply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

About Us: Founded in 1982, 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 seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

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.

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.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender, racial, and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.

Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.