Sustainable Transport Intern, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities – Washington, DC

Sustainable Transport Intern
Program:WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
Location:Washington, District of Columbia
Position Type:Intern (paid)

About WRI
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.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.

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 of 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. For more information, see our website: Internships at WRI

This internship will be based in the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable cities. The intern will support ongoing research and program communication activities with the Health and Road Safety team which conducts global research on sustainable transport and urban development, and supports projects in cities around the world. In addition the intern may support other ongoing sustainable mobility projects and contribute to research papers, case studies, blogposts and other writing and media outreach efforts.

The position is located in WRI’s Washington, D.C. office. It offers the opportunity to connect with sustainable mobility and urban development experts, and key stakeholders around the world. It also offers experience in sustainable transport and road safety research

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities works to make urban sustainability a reality. Global research and on-the-ground experience in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey and the United States combine to spur action that improves life for millions of people. Aiming to influence 200 cities with unique research and tools, WRI Sustainable Cities focuses on a deep cross-sector approach in four megacities on two continents, and targeted assistance to 30 more urban areas, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to people in cities around the globe

WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, the Intern is expected to incorporate attention to gender where appropriate.

The intern will contribute to communications efforts around ongoing projects with the Health and Road Safety Team.

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:
•Producing infographics and communications pieces for WRI media and publications
•Upgrading our online content and website.
•Conducting desktop research, literature reviews and synthesizing findings.
•Documenting and preparing case studies or blogs on emerging trends, best practices, and policies in urban mobility, air quality, physical activity and city planning.
•Contributing written and graphic content to publications, reports, papers, and presentations
•Putting together portfolios of our work on air quality, bike infrastructure and road safety.
•Creating a communications strategy in coordination with our communications teams.
•Interacting with WRI/EMBARQ Network members for collaboration, data exchange and information sharing.

•Degree or current student in architecture, design, visual communications, transport or urban/regional planning or urban design. Master’s degree preferred.
•Previous coursework, work experience, internships or papers in urban transportation planning are desirable
•Strong communications, graphics, writing and research skills. Knowledge of 3D modelling is a plus.
•Enthusiasm to work on sustainability issues and in developing countries.
•Detail-oriented and organized thinker.
•Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, juggle multiple priorities and work under tight deadlines
•Enjoys working in a fast-paced, results oriented non-profit environment
•Experience with graphic and web design, creating compelling visuals and
•Some experience with sustainable transport planning/design would be a plus.
•WRI does not sponsor interns for visas of any kind. Must have authorization to work in the U.S. to be eligible for this position.

Final candidate will be required to take a writing test

Health Insurance is required to be eligible.
Salary: This is a paid intern position with an hourly rate based on experience.
Duration: 6 months
Start/End Months: May-October 2017

How to Apply
Qualified applicants must apply online at to be considered.

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