About the Program:
Cities4Forests is a cross-programmatic effort – including WRI’s Water, Forests, and Cities programs – that aims to catalyze political, social, and economic support among city governments and urban citizens to integrate nature-based solutions into city development plans and programs. It is a voluntary coalition involving mayors’ offices— and supported by other subnational agencies such as public water utilities and offices of sustainability—from around the world. Cities4Forests encourages peer-to-peer inspiration and learning, provides technical support for cities to plan and implement nature-based solutions, and supports access to finance for NBS.
This position is fully remote.
What you will do:
In this internship, you will contribute to ongoing and new research, stakeholder engagement projects, and development of project proposals, gaining in-depth experience on the design, financing, and implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS) for climate and water security.
You will report to the Senior Associate for Cities4Forests and frequently work with members of the Cities4Forests team, which include 25 staff spanning seven countries. You will have the opportunity to meet with and work with other WRI staff and external partners, as well.
Internship Learning Outcomes:
- Research and analyze data, for example: documenting innovations to increase investment in NBS, policy analysis, project data analysis, or tracking new technologies to help monitor and evaluate NBS projects.
- Participate in stakeholder engagements and partner consultations with environmental organizations, energy and water utilities, government entities, financial institutions, or other stakeholders.
- Contribute to the production of reports and communications materials.
- Support the development of project proposals and other correspondence to international donors.
- Organize and participate in regular internal and external meetings to review and inform project progress.
What you will need:
- The internship is open to students pursuing or completed a degree with an educational focus on environmental studies, policy, finance, geography, or related topics.
- This opportunity is part of WRI’s Dreamgreen program, which is an institutionally funded internship program to increase representation among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). To qualify for WRI's DreamGREEN program, the intern must be a BIPOC student.
- Experience or familiarity with nature-based solutions and climate resilience, environmental policy, environmental finance, and/or nature tech.
- Experience working on projects focused in the Latin American and Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and/or with development finance institutions.
- English language skills a must, Spanish or French a plus.
- Research skills, with attention to detail and quality of source material.
- Experience and/or interest in engaging with government, financial, and civil society sectors.
- Comfort interning remotely.
The pay range for this internship opportunity is $20/hour for undergrads and $22/hour for graduates.
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.
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