Intern, Urban Building Efficiency, University of Chicago, Washington


Internships at WRI provide opportunities for motivated young professionals to learn from our experts and participate in engaging work at the intersection of environment and development. WRI provides many internship opportunities throughout the year in all of our programs and offices. We seek interns with diverse backgrounds and who are passionate about the environment to help us make a direct global impact. For more information, see our website: Internships at WRI.

The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is seeking an intern to support the Center's work on building efficiency, in close collaboration with the Energy Program. The intern will focus on creating a playbook for city leaders to take action on building efficiency policies and demonstration projects, including public, private sector, and civil society engagement. This will include curating lessons and tools from the first two years of the Building Efficiency Accelerator program. The intern will also contribute to program support and outreach activities.

The Center's Building Efficiency Initiative aims to provide information and analysis of energy efficiency policies and practices and to catalyze action in cities in support of locally relevant building efficiency goals. It collaborates with global and local partners including non­profit organizations, universities and representatives of the private sector to produce analysis and to convene leaders to support local expansion of green building markets, building energy upgrades, and sustainable finance in key markets.

The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities aims to develop and scale solutions for smart urban growth. It helps cities in developing countries, at risk of becoming unsustainable hubs of intense resource consumption and concentrated poverty, into more accessible, healthy, equitable, and environmentally-­friendly urban settlements. The Center integrates expertise in urban planning, transport, climate & energy, water, and governance to provide holistic solutions that cut across sector boundaries, and it is now expanding to include activities to improve the performance of the built environment. The Center aspires over several years to become a leading source of technical expertise, urban performance and diagnostic tools, and convening power among key stakeholders, to advance the vision of sustainable cities. The Center currently includes around 200 staff in six countries, with an annual budget of approximately $20 million.

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 intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Research:
    • Support the creation of a building efficiency playbook for urban leaders around the world, particularly in developing economies, to take initial steps on improving building efficiency in their cities. This curriculum will package and deliver the practices and expertise of a global building efficiency partnership to partner cities.
      • This self-guided resource will combine existing tools, approaches, and case studies with new materials to fill gaps as needed. The project will require creative thinking, collaboration with experts inside and outside of WRI, independent research, and strategic use of a combination of online and print resources and tools.
    • Participate in a collaborative research project in support of Energy Program strategic goals. This project will be scoped and chosen by the summer intern cohort of 2018.
  • Partner Engagement and Outreach:
    • Provide support to project staff with events, webinars, and meetings
    • Liaise with internal staff and external partners to gather project feedback and map available building efficiency research
    • Assist in the creation of other outreach and communications materials, including blogs, presentations, news pieces, and workshop materials.

In addition, the intern may gain experience in the following areas:

  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Developing strategies for efficient project monitoring
  • Contributing to blogs


  • Editing/proofreading
  • Developing outreach materials
  • Supporting online communications and maintaining project websites and databases


  • Degree: The intern must be currently pursuing a master's degree in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
  • Bachelor's degree in urban planning, political science, international education, environmental sciences, or related field is preferred
  • Familiarity with energy efficiency technologies and policies and/or environmental project management
  • Demonstrated research experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Well organized and efficient. Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong software skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and web-based communications (e.g., Skype, etc.)
  • Flexible and self-motivated
  • Preferred: Proficiency in Mandarin, Portuguese, or Spanish

WRI does not sponsor interns for visas of any kind. The intern must have authorization to work in the U.S. 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

Optional: Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples

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

Duration: This is a summer internship for 3 months.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people's lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI's policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI's global agenda requires a staff that is diverse - with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

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Deadline/closing date: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018