Data and Tools Intern, Knowledge and Learning, NDC Partnership

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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7 days ago

Program Overview (for Internship):

Following the landmark Paris Agreement, countries are implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for climate action. The NDC Partnership is a coalition of countries and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive the technical assistance and financial support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effectively as possible. The Partnership aims to increase alignment, coordination, and access to resources to link needs to solutions. Technical Assistance and Capacity Building - We support governments in defining the processes, policies, and plans required to deliver mitigation and adaptation goals, alongside other development objectives. Knowledge and Information Sharing - We enable countries to learn from and support each other, turning local know-how into global action through knowledge tools, case studies, peer-to-peer exchanges, and other knowledge products. Access to Finance - We facilitate countries in aligning their NDC goals with financial resources. We use a country-driven approach that helps governments set priorities and connect them to available resources across our membership. The NDC Partnership Support Unit is comprised of over 50 staff, hosted by the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, and the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany, and UNOPS.

Internship Summary:

This intern will play an integral role in two exciting NDC Partnership platforms: our internal knowledge management system, the kNook, and our online Knowledge Portal. The kNook knowledge management system collects and synthesizes data from NDC Partnership countries on needs, support, and progress in NDC implementation. This data gives us unique insight into the global status of NDC implementation, common successes and challenges, and the possibilities for NDC enhancement. This intern will contribute to data management across the platform, will identify and share trends in the data, and will play a role in staff training and partner outreach. They will also contribute to analysis of the data, for instance by categorizing the type of requests in specific sectors and areas, such as adaptation, enhancement, finance, and mainstreaming. The NDC Partnership’s Knowledge Portal is a searchable database on our website that helps countries to accelerate climate action by providing quick and easy access to data, tools, guidance, good practices, and funding opportunities. The tool requires regular updates, including refining current entries and identifying additional content. This intern will contribute to all aspects of this effort, both in terms of database management and additional research, as well as efforts to promote the Knowledge Portal’s resources to partners via online trainings, communications, and social media engagement.

Internship Learning Outcomes:

  • Support knowledge system management and maintenance through regular data input and backend management
  • Analyze data extracted from the knowledge management system to find trends around climate action needs and the status of global NDC implementation, and to help categorize the different requests, identify the main
  • Partnership actors in specific areas, highlight gaps and country needs. Support knowledge management system training and outreach
  • Provide research support to produce communications pieces extracted from the knowledge management system (including blog posts, insight briefs, talking points, and report inputs)
  • Provide quality control for the Knowledge Portal by ensuring information is up-to-date and comprehensive
  • This will include finding and adding new tools and resources, as well as desk research and communication with partners as needed
  • Research additional case studies and tools to include in the Knowledge Portal, particularly those relevant to country needs identified through our knowledge management system
  • This work provides the opportunity to become familiar with cutting-edge tools and country case studies related to NDC implementation and enhancement
  • Support communications and outreach activities for the Knowledge Portal through the development of tutorial videos, social media posts, training materials, talking points, and presentations
  • Join meetings and calls with country representatives, institutional partners, and country experts on the NDC Partnership team, gaining insight into countries’ experiences with NDC implementation
  • Provide communications support on topics of interest, including by authoring blogs and supporting website improvements.

Internship Qualifications:

  • Comfortable interning remotely
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and web-based communications
  • Ideally, experience with databases and/or web platforms, including HTML
  • Familiarity and experience with Climate Change and related fields
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Strong attention to detail Flexible and self-motivated
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team


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.

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.

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