World Resources Institute is Looking for an Environmental Justice & Equity Research Intern: Apply!

World Resources Institute is Looking for an Environmental Justice & Equity Research Intern

About the Program:

The Climate Program focuses on four main areas: stepping up national climate action, advancing international climate action, tracking progress toward climate goals, and supporting equity and development goals in the transition to a zero-carbon economy. The Climate Program collaborates with governments, businesses, and civil society to transition toward a zero-carbon economy where all people can thrive. The People-Centered Transition team within the US Climate Program focuses on environmental justice, equity, and just transition issues related to the energy transition’s impact on people and communities that have been marginalized, underserved, and disproportionately burdened by pollution and climate change.

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

What you will do:

In this role, you will: 

  • Provide qualitative and quantitative data analysis support to advance the People-Centered Transition team research and program portfolio in the US Climate Program.
  • Support research aimed at providing a deeper understanding of how local US cities and governments leverage the potential benefits of and engage. communities in the development and implementation of the Justice40 Initiative.
  • Support the building of awareness and knowledge of tools and best practices in community engagement plans and community benefits plans in the US.
  • Additional projects may include exploring innovative approaches to cumulative impact assessments in historically marginalized communities to address cumulative burden.

You will be supported by the People-Centered Transition team which includes the US Director of Environmental Justice and Equity, the UD Director for the Clean Energy Economy Program, and the Research Analyst for Environmental Justice and Equity. You will report to Carla Walker, the US Director of Environmental Justice and Equity.

Internship Learning Outcomes:

Through this internship, you will: 

  • Develop research planning skills and engage in qualitative research activities such as key stakeholder interviews, roundtables or focus group discussions.
  • Learn how cities are engaging underserved communities in the development and implementation of local infrastructure projects through the Justice40 Initiative.
  • Gain skills in conducting literature searches and writing literature reviews, case studies, and blog articles.
  • Learn how community engagement and community benefit plans or activities can advance environmental justice.
  • Engage and interact with WRI-US researchers who center equity, environmental justice, and just transition concepts into their project work.
  • Attend and participate in bi-weekly People-Centered Transition team meetings.

What you will need:

  • Pursuing or completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • This opportunity is part of WRI’s Dream Green program, which is an institutionally funded internship program to increase representation among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). To qualify for WRI’s Dream Green program, the intern must be a BIPOC student.  
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental justice, environmental equity, climate justice, or just transition. 
  • Experience analyzing qualitative or quantitative data as well as communicating research findings to diverse audiences through reports, presentations, or publications.
  • Experience with applied research activities such as conducting literature searches and writing literature reviews. (Preferred, but not required).


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

Length of Contract: 

This is a full-time, 3-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.

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How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with a cover letter by March 11, 2024. Applicants must apply 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. 



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