Intern, Global Climate Resilience, University of Michigan
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Climate Resilience Practice Overview
WRI’s Climate Resilience Practice (CRP, located in the Governance Center) seeks to incentivize and support actions that enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change – in a manner that promotes sustainability and gender and social equity. We will do this with a focus on helping countries integrate, or mainstream, adaptation into their development and sector planning (including budgeting) and implementation. We will also do this by helping countries understand whether, when and where transformative approaches to adaptation may be needed to better manage the significant systemic adaptations that will be needed in some circumstances. CRP is also hosting the Secretariat of an exciting new Global Commission on Adaptation, which was launched in October and be led by Ban Ki-Moon, Bill Gates and Kristalina Georgieva.
The Climate Resilience Global intern will assist CRP in its work to incentivize and support actions that enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change. Tasks involved may include conducting background research on how best to assist specific countries to integrate, or mainstream, adaptation into their development and sector planning (including budgeting) and implementation. You may also draft case studies and other materials to highlight a country’s success or conduct research to identify case studies where similar challenges have been successfully overcome. You will contribute to our efforts to help countries to better understand whether, when and where transformative approaches to adaptation may be needed to better manage the significant systemic adaptations that will be needed in some circumstances. You may also assist with research on how to promote sustainability and gender and social equity.
In addition, you will also contribute to CRP’s climate finance initiative. Key questions with regard to this work include: how do national and subnational governments track and program their climate finance resources? Do these funds reach those most vulnerable and increase their resilience? You will participate in CRP’s efforts to help national governments and civil societies to develop the necessary foundational frameworks for identifying, tracking, and understanding how best to use scarce climate finance resources – particularly for adaptation. This can range from assessing a country’s climate finance environment (e.g., available financing, current priorities and allocations) to developing nationally appropriate climate finance principles to training stakeholders on such accountability processes. You will also help to us to share lessons learned from our in-country experiences at a global stage, helping further develop good practices in building national climate finance architectures and mainstreaming climate-related considerations into actions at every level.
The intern will gain experience in the following areas:
- Conducting background research related to climate change, adaptation and social equity
- Compiling abbreviated notes on publications highlighting the main points of literature reviews
- Contributing to initiatives that promote mainstreaming of climate change adaptation into national plans and budgets, and/or incorporating transformative adaptation into policy making, funding and adaptation planning
- Reviewing and providing comments/edits on papers and case studies
- Drafting sections of papers related to mainstreaming adaptation and/or transformative adaptation
- Collaborating with team members to develop new ideas and approaches related to mainstreaming and/or transformative adaptation
- Assisting with project planning and implementation
- University-sponsored: You must be a current student in the School of Environment and Sustainability at University of Michigan
- Background in public policy, climate change issues, international climate finance
- Strong interest in CRP’s work on climate change adaptation policies, challenges and opportunities
- Strong writing skills
- Experience with online data platforms and literature review services (e.g. Mendeley) a plus
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.
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