Prize for Cities Intern

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World Resources Institute

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28 days ago

Internship Summary:

The WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities team is seeking an intern. As the Prize for Cities Intern, the majority of your responsibilities will be to work closely with the Evaluation, Learning, and Engagement Specialist to build a digital database of Prize for Cities entries. This database is intended to improve knowledge management of the Prize, making it easier to learn about the cities and projects that apply for the Prize. You will also assist with various activities on the Prize team as needed, including but not limited to working on Prize research projects, compiling information about Prize finalists for the jury selection, and preparing materials for the jury deliberation and winner celebration activities. This internship is a special opportunity to work for the premier award for excellence in urban transformation and enhance your skills in a number of areas including writing, research, and project management. You’ll also get the chance to gain knowledge of transformative and inspiring urban projects around the world as you support the team in preparing for the announcement of the 2021-2022 prize winner.

Internship Learning Outcomes:

  • Serve as a key member of a team developing a new knowledge management tool and developing skills in Microsoft PowerApps
  • Learn about a range of urban transformation projects and urban policy areas
  • Develop critical workplace skills including research, writing, and project management
  • Gain experience working at a prestigious international research organization and interact with colleagues based around the world

Internship Qualifications:

  • The intern should be a current university student with an interest in cities and sustainability issues
  • Interest and enthusiasm for cities and urban sustainability issues
  • Interest in knowledge management, research, and databases
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office products; experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Sharepoint, and Microsoft Power Apps is a plus
  • Experience supporting activities related to research and/or engagement is a plus
  • Good inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to work well in a team and with international colleagues
  • Good time management skills, flexibility, and willingness to take on diverse tasks
  • Comfort executing assigned tasks independently and working remotely.

The pay range for this internship opportunity is between $16-20/hour, commensurate with qualifications.

Duration and Location

  • This is a full-time, 3-months internship with flexible start and end dates based on the student’s 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.

Program Overview (for Internship):

Now in its third cycle, the WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities ( is a global competition supported by Stephen M. Ross to celebrate transformative projects igniting citywide change. The inaugural 2018-2019 Prize was awarded in April 2019 following a multi-round evaluation by WRI’s experts and deliberation by a Jury of high-profile leaders in urban affairs. Our vision for the Prize is that it becomes the premier urban award for celebrating, learning, and spreading big ideas about how cities can change for the better. Through the Prize and related activities, we hope to grow a global network of urban change-makers.

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 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, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

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.