Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Intern, Electric School Bus Initiative

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

Program Overview (for Internship):

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 (ESBI), 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.

Internship Summary:

As Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Intern, Electric School Bus Initiative you will play a key role in running the MEL plan for the WRI Electric School Bus Initiative. You will work across the project team to support and ensure necessary data are collected, analyzed, reviewed, and then used for project and ESB sector-wide decision making. You will work with quantitative data and along with project teams, analyze data to calculate indicator values. You will support and coordinate the development and use of survey instruments. You will analyze data and provide recommendations on how results can inform and improve project implementation, with a key focus on equity. You will have a front and center view of the process of seeing how project M&E works to inform and improve project implementation.

Internship Learning Outcomes:

Your main duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Supporting teams with maintaining indicator data
  • Managing design and implementation of surveys to collect data on project from key stakeholders
  • Maintain DevResults M&E software entry for all ESBI indicators
  • Complete data analysis and data visualization for internal and external use
  • Provide a connection between project monitoring and impact data and equity by analyzing data with an equity lens and making recommendations based on findings

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Providing actionable recommendations based on data findings
  • Electric transportation transition
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Writing and data descriptions

Internship Qualifications:

  • Pursuing or completed master’s degree urban policy, public health, public policy, energy studies, international development, economics, statistics, or a related field
  • Fluency in English
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Strong quantitative skills including data cleaning and analysis
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience with survey design and implementation
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines and competing demands

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with research related to energy, air pollution, equity, or local community engagement
  • Experience with statistical analysis a plus
  • Experience related to energy transitions, electric vehicles, transportation planning, air quality and climate, energy/grid planning, or another relevant field

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.

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.