Communications and Engagement Intern

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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14 days ago

Internship Summary:

As the Communications and Engagement Intern for SBTi, and hosted by WRI, you will join a team of highly motivated individuals working with companies to set science-based targets on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In this role, you will support the SBTi’s communications team, while also coordinating with the Center for Sustainable Business at WRI. The individual will contribute to internal and external communications that support the executive leadership team, companies, target validation experts, etc.. You will be part of the SBTi Communications team that includes staff members hosted by several SBTi partner organizations. This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you can be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC once restrictions have lifted. Full-time remote working from a location in the U.S. is also a possibility. The Communications and Engagement Intern reports to the SBTi communications team lead and will also have a WRI manager for personnel matters.

Internship Learning Outcomes:

Company Communications:

  • Track incoming company communications and as liaison for SBTi company request
  • Review corporate communications materials to ensure that they adhere to SBTi guidelines
  • Connect companies with technical team members when necessary

External Communications:

  • Develop and manage email databases
  • Write monthly newsletters and additional mailers
  • Support media requests by connecting reporters to SBTi staff, researching outlets and journalists, and developing talking points or media briefs
  • Develop social media posts for launches, blogs, events, etc.

Research and Development:

  • Research events, publications, and moments relevant to the SBTi
  • Conduct research to identify messaging and communication tactics that effectively market science-based targets to a C-suite level corporate audience and/or investor audience
  • Support the development of communications efforts and strategies for initiative-wide needs or individual projects

Internship Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Academic background or work experience (1+ year) in communications, marketing, journalism, or related field
  • Proficiency in Microsoft and Google Suite applications (Powerpoint/Slides, Word/Docs, Excel/Sheets)
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time


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

Duration and Location

  • This is a full-time, 6-months internship with flexible start and end dates based on the student’s availability and needs 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):

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a global body enabling businesses to set ambitious emissions reductions targets in line with the latest climate science. It is focused on accelerating companies across the world to halve emissions before 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions before 2050. Science-based targets show companies how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi):

  • Defines and promotes best practice in emissions reductions and net-zero targets in line with climate science. • Provides technical assistance and expert resources to companies who set science-based targets in line with the latest climate science.
  • Brings together a team of experts to provide companies with independent assessment and validation of targets.
  • The SBTi is the lead partner of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign - an urgent call to action from a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders, mobilizing companies to set net-zero science-based targets in line with a 1.5°C future. The change has already begun and action is gaining pace.

Nearly one thousand companies worldwide are leading the transition to a net-zero economy by setting emissions reduction targets grounded in climate science through the SBTi. The initiative is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. The SBTi defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets. @sciencetargets

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.