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Transport and Climate Change Research Intern - LEDS GP

Reference     (Please mention StopDodo.com in your application)
Sectors   Climate, Sustainability & Renewables
Location   District of Columbia
Type   Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status   Full Time
Level   Voluntary & Interns
Company Name   EMBARQ
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Transport and Climate Change Research Intern - LEDS GP


The cross-programmatic Climate and Energy Program (CEP) and EMBARQ, the World Resources Institute's Center for Sustainable Transport, Transport and Climate Change Signature Initiative Team is looking for a research intern for its Washington, DC office.

The CEP-EMBARQ Transport & Climate Research Intern will work closely with CEP-EMBARQ’s Transport & Climate Team with supporting the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership Transport Working Group’s events and webinars. The intern will also support CEP and EMBARQ researchers on a variety of research and writing assignments on topics that include sustainable low-carbon transport instruments and financial mechanisms.

The position reports to the Director of the Transport & Climate Signature Initiative. It is a 6-month, paid internship with possibility of extension. The intern would ideally start in September 2013.

This will be a unique hands-on experience that will also create immediate impact for the Transport & Climate Signature Initiative.


60% Outreach:

  • Maintains relationships with external partners on related research and action.
  • Maintains relations with internal partners.
  • Supports planning and implementation of LEDS regional and global workshops and webinars.
  • Contributes additional resources to the LEDS Transport Toolkit.
  • Develops an inventory of transport and climate projects in EMBARQ and WRI.
  • Contributes blog posts about transport and climate to EMBARQ’s CityFix Blog and WRI’s Insight’s Blog.
  • Coordinates with members of the Program Area Network (PAN) for the monthly Climate Conference Call. 

30% Research and Data Analysis:

  • Assists with research and data analysis on topics related to sustainable low-carbon transport instruments and financial mechanisms.
  • Collects and analyzes information; and monitors and analyzes relevant material from conferences and seminars, academic journals, and reports from a wide variety of sources, including NGOs.
  • Plans and executes quantitative data analysis; prepares results to complement published material.
  • Summarizes existing literature and research results for incorporation into research publications, presentations, and briefing memos.
  • Works collaboratively with research staff to develop and complete writing assignments.
  • Completes assignments while identifying gaps as well as questions, and in accordance with deadlines.
  • Occasional manuscript review and factual verification.

10% Administrative:

  • Participates in meetings as related to special assignments.
  • Gains clear knowledge of program structure and protocol by learning organizational chart, research portfolios, administrative units, and associated staff.
  • Provides office support to include word processing, scanning, copying, filing, and mailing.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, urban planning, public policy, or other related field
  • At least 1 year of relevant full-time professional experience
  • Demonstrated research experience in transport planning and climate change
  • Fluent in English
  • Strong writing skills
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Capacity to learn other types of graphics and presentation programs
  • Experience with online outreach and social media
  • Competence to undertake high-profile research assignments with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work well in a team, juggle multiple priorities and work under tight deadlines

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of conferencing technologies such as GoToMeeting, Skype, etc.
  • Knowledge of Spanish, Mandarin, or Portuguese
  • Knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop or other design programs is a plus.

Salary:  Commensurate with education, experience and position responsibilities. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.

Start Date & End Date: September 2013. End date negotiable.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and one-page writing sample at wri.org/careers. No phone calls please. 

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