About the Program:
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is the world’s leading authority and international standard setter on corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounting. Over 92% of Fortune 500 companies that report emissions data to CDP use the GHG Protocol to do so. Building on a 20-year partnership between World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), GHG Protocol works with governments, industry associations, NGOs, businesses and other organizations. In 2016, 92% of Fortune 500 companies responding to the CDP used GHG Protocol to account for their emissions. The GHG Protocol also provides standards, tools and online training to help countries and cities track progress towards their climate goals. The GHG Protocol has begun a process to determine the need and scope for additional guidance building on the existing set of corporate GHG accounting and reporting standards for scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3 emissions. Additional guidance will be designed to support and enhance implementation of the GHG Protocol standards. Furthermore, a key focus will be to ensure harmonization and alignment with accounting rules under development through major disclosure initiatives including the US Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC), European Commission (e.g. EFRAG), and others. Link to GHG Protocol website: https://ghgprotocol.org/
This position is fully remote.
What you will do:
In this role, you will support the development of revised Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards by researching existing and proposed climate policies and regulations related to carbon measurement and disclosure, carbon tax and trade, and clean energy at the international, national, and sub-national levels that integrate GHG Protocol or related carbon accounting standards. You will be supported by the GHG Protocol Secretariat, including team members from WRI and WBCSD. You will report to Kyla Aiuto.
Internship Learning Outcomes:
- Research and catalog existing and proposed international, country-level, and sub-national policies that require the measurement and disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions by companies or institutions.
- Identify areas of overlap between compliance mandates and the GHG Protocol standard and compare and contrast approaches taken by different policies (e.g. U.S. SEC Climate Risk Disclosure Rule, EU EFRAG/CSRD, etc.)
- Other research tasks to be discussed with the team based on the intern’s interests.
What you will need:
- Pursuing a degree in environmental policy, international affairs, economics, environmental law or related field
- Familiarity with climate policy, environmental economics, GHG accounting, GHG quantification methods, life cycle assessment, supply chain management, or related topics preferred
- Strong research, writing and presentation skills
- Commitment to WRI’s mission
- Comfortable interning remotely
The pay range for this internship opportunity is between $16-20/hour, commensurate with qualifications.
Length of Contract:
This is a full-time, 3-month internship with a flexible start and end date.
- This is a remote-based internship with the option to work out of the Washington D.C. office once it reopens.
- WRI will provide a laptop for the duration of your internship.
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume with a cover letter. 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.