Intern, Gender, Social Equity & Environment, Governance, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Internships Washington, District of Columbia


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. 

Gender & Social Equity Initiative Overview

The Gender & Social Equity Initiative works to ensure that WRI’s programs, activities and policies benefit men and women equitably and contribute to advancing gender and social equality, as part of WRI’s broader mission 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.  WRI has been implementing several projects to develop suitable approaches to addressing gender issues within its programming, to ensure systematic and comprehensive integration of gender-sensitive approaches across the institute’s programming, as well as to identify opportunities to leverage WRI’s high quality research and tools to advance gender and social equity within and through the environment sectors in which it works.

Internship Summary

You will develop briefers on integrating gender and social equity across WRI’s core areas of work – climate, forests, energy, cities and food. These briefers will focus on providing information to WRI’s programmatic teams on gender and social inclusion issues in their sectors and useful resources for their identification and mitigation. Your tasks may also include the identification of tools, research, trainings and other resources for gender and social equity integration in WRI’s work.  Additional tasks may be assigned based on your interests, skills and time availability.

Learning Outcomes

You will gain an in depth understanding of issues of gender and social equity within the environment sectors on which WRI works. You will also gain skills in analyzing these issues in relation to projects and determining a course of action to mitigate potential negative impacts as well as identify ways to advance gender and social equity. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to conduct a gender/social analysis to inform project design.

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:                                                               

  • Writing briefing documents
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Reviewing publications
  • Liaising with other WRI teams
  • Editing/proofreading
  • Developing outreach materials
  • Supporting meetings and trainings
  • Providing general administrative support
  • Supporting project development

 Internship Qualifications

  • University-sponsored: You must be a current student in the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University
  • Currently pursuing a master's degree in gender and environment or related field preferred
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent online research skills
  • Strong oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Knowledge of information management systems
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Familiarity and experience with the gender and environment field
  • Flexible
  • Highly responsible, self-motivated
  • Good sense of humor
  • 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.

Compensation: University Sponsored: This position is dependent on the student receiving compensation or academic credit from their university program. WRI does not offer compensation for this internship.

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

How to Apply

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

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) 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.