Intern, Sustainable Business, Johns Hopkins SAIS

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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. 

Resources & Development Team Overview

The Resources & Development (R&D) Team within WRI’s Business Center is searching for an intern to contribute to one or more of the following initiatives:

Tomorrow’s Markets

WRI and leading apparel companies work together in order to help establish a common method to measure the environmental and social impacts of implementing reuse business models. In addition, the Business Center will also inventory external barriers – policy or otherwise – that hinder reuse models and establish principles the apparel industry can use to advocate for change.  As the sustainable business intern, you may also work with other sectors and evaluate opportunities to “do the math” on sustainable consumption.

Climate Action Platform

As countries and companies seek solutions for a zero-carbon future, WRI is working with partners to increase the ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement while achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WRI, together with UN Global Compact and We Mean Business, is supporting “ambition loops” that can accelerate investment and innovation for a 1.5C future. 

An ambition loop is a positive feedback loop in which bold business leadership supports bold policy action that in turn accelerates further business action. This can unlock faster progress on national objectives and bigger market opportunities—examples of which are emerging around the world.

Internship Summary

As the sustainable business intern, you will be doing a deep dive analysis of countries where private sector engagement can accelerate economic development and climate action. You will help show and build links between countries’ goals and the more than 12,500 climate action commitments from business, investors, civil society, and cities and regions to date. You will also be helping to facilitate high-level meetings between country ministries and corporate leaders to discuss areas where greater ambition on climate change is needed.

Learning Outcomes

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Working with the Business Center team to push for sustainable consumption innovations in the apparel sector and other industries
  • Working with other WRI teams, partners, businesses and governments to advance climate action
  • Engaging with international climate change policy platforms
  • Conducting research (literature reviews, sector/market analysis)
  • Compiling, organizing and analyzing data
  • Writing/editing/proofreading WRI reports, case studies, and blogs

 Internship Qualifications

  • University-sponsored: You must be a current student in the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following or related fields preferred: international relations, political science, environmental science, economics, business management
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Familiarity with corporate sustainability
  • Familiarity and experience with the Paris Agreement and Nationally Determined Contributions
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Highly responsible, self-motivated, and flexible
  • Extremely well organized and efficient
  • Degree preferred: Master’s candidate in one of the above listed fields

 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. 
  • Final candidate will be required to take a writing test

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 ( 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.