Intern, Energy Access Explorer

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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7 days ago

About the Program:

WRI’s vision is for clean energy to be available, affordable, and accessible for all the world’s people. Our projects and partnerships make the demand for clean energy visible and actionable. We focus on: (1) mobilizing large energy users such as business and governments to purchase renewable electricity and pursue efficient, zero carbon buildings; (2) shifting and implementing new planning, policies, and utility governance to speed deployment of clean and renewable electricity; and (3) improving energy access by identifying and matching unmet demand for energy services, including new finance and clean energy business models to improve development outcomes.

This position is fully remote.

What you will do:

This position is a unique opportunity to learn from one of WRI’s high impact initiatives to improve how we create, publish, analyze, visualize, and share data to advance sustainable development. In this role you will work on developing further WRI’s data driven, integrated approach achieving energy access for equitable development, the Energy Access Explorer. You will be supported by WRI’s cross geography Energy Access for Equitable Development initiative and work closely with the Energy Access Explorer team. You will report to the Lead, Energy Access Explorer. WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, the selected candidate will support attention to gender where appropriate.

Internship Learning Outcomes:

  • Collecting, harmonizing, processing, integrating geographic datasets and documenting their metadata in Energy Access Explorer.
  • Tracking and incorporating case studies and user stories in Energy Access Explorer.
  • Supporting the development of capacity building and training material on Energy Access Explorer.
  • Supporting the preparation of outreach material.

What you will need:

  • You have a completed BSc or MSc Degree in Energy Engineering, Energy Economics, Development Economics or in a related area.
  • Experience utilizing geospatial data and technology (such as QGIS or ArcGIS) and energy systems models/planning tools.
  • Experience conducting research.
  • Experience communicating complex concepts through reports or presentations.
  • You have written and verbal proficiency in English.


The pay range for this internship opportunity is between $20/hour for undergraduates and $22/hour for graduates.

Length of Contract:

This is a full-time, 3-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.

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.

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.

Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.