Intern, Research, U.S. Renewable Energy

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 six 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 and sustainable cities.

Internships at WRI provide opportunities for motivated, young professionals to learn from our experts and participate in engaging work at the intersection of environment and development. WRI provides many internship opportunities throughout the year in all our programs and offices. We seek interns with diverse backgrounds and who are passionate about the environment to help us make a direct global impact.

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. 

Internship Summary

As the U.S. Energy intern, you will provide research needed to support the Energy Team’s various projects across the U.S. The majority of your work will focus on research support for local governments under the American Cities Climate Challenge Renewable Energy Accelerator. Examples of research support will include best practices and case studies for municipal electricity procurement, innovative financing models, clean energy technology trends, and decarbonization efforts. Research support will be provided across a variety of projects focused on the transition to clean energy sources.

All WRI internships are currently remote opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Providing research support for cities and other large energy buyers in their efforts to procure clean energy for their electricity needs
  • Helping prepare case studies of innovative approaches to clean energy deployment in the marketplace
  • Supporting the organization and implementation of events with stakeholders focused on clean energy issues
  • Tracking major clean energy market developments including procurement announcements, policy changes, new market rules, or new technologies
  • Researching rules and approaches to integrating new technologies across wholesale power markets to identify common principles or frameworks that are successful

Internship Qualifications

  • Highly organized individual with ability to work independently
  • Interest in understanding how the U.S. regulatory and industry structure can impact clean energy development
  • Interest in municipal management of electrical grids and introduction of renewable energy to consumption/generation mix
  • Commitment to creating a strong, cohesive, and effective platform to help cities identify and implement actions to achieve their clean energy goals.
  • Comfortable interning remotely

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.


This is a paid internship.


This is a three-month remote internship with flexible start and end dates (July-September) 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.