Project Management Office Internship

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

Internship Summary:

The Project Management Office (PMO) is seeking an intern to assist the Project Management Lead in implementing strategic initiatives across the Institute, a $150 million mid-sized environmental not-for-profit think tank.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to support the growth of project management through several activities, focused around:

  • Establishing and Implementing standardized project management (PM) methodologies, frameworks, processes, best practices, and tools to facilitate a consistent quality of delivery;
  • Championing project management across the Programs, Centers and International Offices through engagement of a Community of Practice, creating project management content for intranet and resource hub;
  • Implementing a PM software tool that aids in more efficient management of projects; and
  • Capacity development.

The intern will research industry best practices, brainstorm solutions unique to WRI, and incorporate monitoring and maintenance mechanisms to ensure initiatives are successfully implemented and widely adopted. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about and work with WRIs programs, centers and International Offices. This role will report directly to the Project Management Lead.

Internship Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding project management and functions of a Project Management Office
  • Assisting in the design, implementation and management of projects
  • Evaluating existing processes, identifying process gaps within WRI’s network, brainstorming solutions to process issues, and testing possible solutions
  • Collecting, analyzing, and presenting data to inform management decisions
  • Organizing shared content for project management teams
  • Developing and executing projects to build a project management culture
  • Creating content for project management culture and skills development
  • Learning and utilizing project management software such as Asana
  • Assisting with the implementation of project management software across the WRI network
  • Instituting new policies and growth management for an international nonprofit
  • Developing accountability mechanisms for processes already in place
  • Collecting and producing project documentation such as templates
  • Documenting lessons learned in the successes and failures of implementation, dissemination, and usage of new resources/processes

Internship Qualifications:

  • University-sponsored: You must be a current full-time student.
  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree candidates in relevant fields such as public policy, project management, energy, environment, sustainable development, and economics, among others
  • Background or interest in project management, change management, business, international development and/or research
  • Familiarity and experience with institutional processes
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills
  • Well-organized and efficient
  • Ability to work calmly and enthusiastically under high pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively
  • Results-oriented
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Flexible
  • Highly responsible, self-motivated
  • Strong sense of urgency
  • Enthusiastic with a good sense of humor Preferred qualifications
  • Knowledge of project and change management
  • Familiarity and experience with project management software and other productivity tools
  • Proficiency with Office 365 Suite


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

Duration and Location

  • This is a part-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 Operations Department’s main responsibilities are to identify our organizational needs and direct resources within and across WRI’s international offices. Our mission is to ensure each office and program is adequately supported to produce deliverables for funders on-time and on-budget while maintaining compliance with US Government and funder regulations. The Department includes the Accounting, Finance, Grants & Contracts, IT, Human Resources, Facilities and Sustainability Teams. The Project Management Office (PMO) is housed within the Operations Department and its function is focused on the transformation of project management across the WRI Sisterhood, with the aim of enhancing project efficiencies and effectiveness, successes, transparency, communication, collaboration, productivity, analytics and reporting, and decision making.

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.