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Outreach and Event Planning Intern, Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda


Internship posted by: World Resources Institute

Posted on: November 18, 2013

Internship description


World Resources Institute's Director for Ecosystems and Development seeks an independent, well-organized, and detail-oriented outreach and event planning intern. The successful candidate will provide communications, logistical, research and administrative support for a WRI project focused on promoting a sustainable approach to the post-2015 development agenda. This is an exciting opportunity for those with an interest in international development or the UN and international processes.


The intern will work in the following key areas:

  • Provide logistical support for a 1.5 day retreat in early January with up to 60 UN representatives and NGO experts: making travel reservations, overseeing trip logistics, liaising with the attendees or their staff, and processing reimbursement requests.
  • Support the development of background materials for the retreat, including drafting briefing papers on topics such as the inter-linkages between environment and development and options for post-2015 global goal frameworks.
  • Organize and document meetings, conference calls, and other interaction with team members and partners (including 10 research institutes located internationally); identify, coordinate, and follow up on next steps.
  • Assist with events coordination and setup.
  • Provide general office and administrative support as needed, including budget tracking and documentation for the retreat.


The ideal candidate will have the following key competencies:

  • Undergraduate or graduate-level studies leading toward successful completion of a degree in communications, public policy, international development, political science, environmental studies, or a related field.
  • Ability to self-motivate, stay organized, and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with events coordination highly desirable.
  • Great attention to detail.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands.
  • International experience and/or familiarity with the UN system and the post-2015 processes a plus.


Salary is $12-$13 per hour commensurate with experience. Benefits are not provided with intern positions. This is a full time internship that is expected to last for two months, depending on exact start date, with possibility of extension.


Washington, DC

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 preference, parental 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.

How to apply

Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.



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$12-$13 per hour commensurate with experience.
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