Job announcement: Digital Communications Intern, World Resources Institute

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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  

The Digital Communications Intern will primarily work with the Digital team at WRI, but also the broader Core Communications team as described below. The position requires someone who is highly organized, detail-oriented and enthusiastic; familiar with digital tools, technologies and trends; and a creative and strong writer. An interest in environmental issues and/or international development is highly desirable. 

Social Media Marketing (40%) 

WRI maintains a very active social media program across both our institutional channels and those managed by our many programs. Working closely with and reporting to WRI’s Online Engagement Architect & Strategist, the intern will help draft platform-specific posts and shareable assets, create social media kits, coordinate social media promotions with programs and more. Content Support (40%) 

The Digital team at WRI is in the midst a large, year-long effort to modernize An important part of that project is managing all of the content that exists within the site – content that will need to be migrated to the new platform, some of which will be rewritten. The intern will support this area of the project, working alongside the project lead and WRI’s editorial team.   

Communications Support (20%) 

The intern will also provide broad support to WRI’s Core Communication team including with operations, scheduling, writing, events, and other duties as required. 

Learning Outcomes 

The internship will gain experience in the following areas: 

  • You will work on a diverse set of communications professionals and interact with staff in different programs, centers and international offices.  
  • You will be part of the conceptualization, strategy and planning of a large-scale website redesign. 
  • You will experience first-hand the fast-paced, dynamic nature of social media outreach on some of the most important issues of our time.   
  • You will gain exposure to one of the leading global research organizations with a focus on the environment and international development. 
  • You will be exposed to social media tools such as Hootsuite Enterprise and Brandwatch.  

Internship Qualifications 

  • Recent undergraduate or graduate student in communications is desirable 
  • Proven experience on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and Instagram. 
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented with the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time 
  • Strong communication skills, including written and oral communications 
  • Strong interest in digital communications 
  • An ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines 
  • 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. 

Duration and Location  

  • This is a full-time, six-month internship with flexible start and end dates based on the individuals availability and need for the project. 
  • 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 and cover letter. 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. 

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