Electric Vehicle Technical Assistance Intern

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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9 days ago

About the Program:

Electric School Bus Initiative Overview

The 480,000 school buses in the United States account for 80% of all buses nationwide, yet less than 1% are electrified. School bus electrification represents a unique opportunity to accelerate decarbonization while bringing direct, tangible benefits to every community in the United States. This transition can help make electric mobility the new normal for an entire generation. Through the U.S. Electric School Bus Initiative, funded by the Bezos Earth Fund, WRI’s aim is to create unstoppable momentum over the next five years on a path toward electrifying the entire fleet of U.S. school buses by 2030. Overcoming the cost, infrastructure and policy barriers to mass adoption will require a systemic approach that engages an entire ecosystem of actors and prioritizes inclusive planning with impacted communities. WRI will achieve this by partnering with key stakeholders and project partners to work on five key pillars: 1) aggregate demand, 2) scale manufacturing, 3) develop innovative financing models, 4) influence federal and state policy, and 5) galvanize communities and stakeholders to push for an equitable and comprehensive shift towards electric school buses. Link to Electric School Bus Initiative Website: https://electricschoolbusinitiative.org/

This position is fully remote.

What you will do:

As an Electric Vehicle Technical Assistance Intern, you will play a key role on the Technical Assistance team within the WRI Electric School Bus Initiative. You will also interact with stakeholders involved in the electrification of the U.S. school bus fleet, including school districts, school boards, school transportation contractors, state and local officials, other nonprofits, and community members, to ensure that school districts have the resources, tools, and guidance needed to successfully adopt and operate electric buses. You will engage in research and analysis, including stakeholder interviews, to inform technical assistance on topics like stakeholder mapping, community engagement, electric vehicle procurement, charging infrastructure, fleet planning and operations, and workforce development. You will support the development of external-facing knowledge products, communications materials, tools and templates, and presentations. You may also assist in organizing workshops with stakeholders. You will be supported by the Electric School Bus Initiative's Technical Assistance team. You will report to the Senior Manager for School District E-Mobility Technical Assistance and Engagement

Internship Learning Outcomes:

  • Conduct research and writing activities on topics related to electric vehicle technical assistance, outlined above
  • Engage with stakeholders in meetings, interviews, and workshops
  • Track trends, challenges, and solutions related to the adoption and operation of electric school buses
  • Learn about the complex relationships and coordination required to support school bus electrification
  • Embed equity considerations in electric school bus technical assistance
  • Contribute written and graphic content to publications, reports, and presentations
  • Assist team members with collecting and organizing data from various sources
  • Technical research and writing
  • Electric transportation technology deployment
  • Technical assistance and stakeholder engagement
  • Public speaking, facilitation, and external communication

What you will need:

  • Pursuing or completed bachelor’s degree in transportation planning, environmental and sustainability topics, urban/city studies, clean energy, public policy, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Fluency in English
  • Previous experience creating original projects, products, or research activities
  • Familiarity or interest in electric vehicles and climate change
  • Experience related to electric vehicles, transportation planning, sustainability, land use, clean energy, public policy, or another relevant field
  • Experience working with educational institutions, government agencies, community-based nonprofits, and/or environmental justice groups
  • Experience with stakeholder engagement and/or facilitation is a plus
  • Demonstrated extracurricular interest in electric vehicles, sustainable transportation and land use, clean energy, or similar

Length of Contract:

This is a full time, 6-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.


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

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with a cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

About Us: Founded in 1982, 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 seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

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