Intern, City Impact Research, Harvard University, Mexico City

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This intern will contribute to the development and application of an innovative methodology to capture and explain city-wide change by assisting the team in our Mexico office in this effort. The intern will assist the team in compiling, organizing, analyzing, synthesizing, and writing up the case study. This would involve helping to conduct stakeholder interviews, media research, and revision of documents, as well as summarizing and writing up results.

The Research, Economics, and Tools (RTE) team within the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities focuses on the research outputs of the Ross Center throughout the world. The Ross Center has over 200 staff members worldwide, almost all outside of Washington, working in on-the ground projects with partners leading projects to make cities more sustainable. This includes capturing the lessons of our on-the-ground work to better understand city-wide transformation, the project on which this intern would work. This team also conducts training, helps structure research, and oversees the peer review process for research products of the Ross Center. It also leads research on the current WRI flagship publication, the World Research Report, whose current topic is Cities for All.

WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, the Intern is expected to incorporate attention to gender where appropriate.

The internship is ten weeks total (flexible start date), and the intern will spend two weeks in Washington, DC and eight weeks in Mexico City.


This intern will work with the Global team based in Washington along with the team in Mexico on a pilot project analyzing city-wide transformation impacts of our deep dive work. The pilot will address our work in Bangalore and Mexico City, and this intern would assist this team to refine and apply the methodology that will be developed earlier in the project. This work would involve helping to conduct stakeholder interviews, media research, and revision of documents, as well as summarizing and writing up results

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Writing case studies
  • Conducting research
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Conducting interviews
  • Reviewing publications
  • Assisting in organizing and analyzing data
  • Writing
  • Contributing to blogs
  • Editing/proofreading
  • Developing outreach materials
  • Assisting with media research


  • Degree: Currently pursuing a master's degree at the Kennedy School at Harvard University
  • Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning, Public Policy, Business, or related
  • Ability to work in Spanish
  • Excellent research skills in both English and Spanish
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work calmly and enthusiastically under high pressure
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Flexible
  • Highly responsible, self-motivated
  • Good sense of humor
  • Extremely well organized and efficient
  • WRI does not sponsor interns for visas of any kind. The intern must have authorization to work in the U.S. and Mexico to be eligible for this position.

Applicants must have personal health insurance coverage to apply.

Final candidate will be required to take a writing test. Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples

Stipend: This position is dependent on the student receiving stipend from the University. WRI does not offer stipend for this internship.

Start/End Months: Flexible start and end dates. Between (May-August) based on the student's availability.

Deadline/closing date: 
Friday, March 30, 2018