Climate Finance and the Private Sector Intern – Washington DC
Organization: World Resources Institute
Job Title: Intern, Climate Finance and the Private Sector
Location: Washington DC
Hours and Compensation: unpaid
Posted On: June 14, 2012
WRI’s goal is to protect the global climate system from further harm due to emissions of greenhouse gases and help humanity and the natural world adapt to unavoidable climate change. For more information, go to http://www.wri.org/
Originally posted on Idealist.org: http://www.idealist.org/view/internship/nM6NGMdWNpbD/
The ‘Markets & Enterprise Program’ (MEP) of WRI works at the intersection of the private and public sectors, and seeks to increase capital flows towards sustainable business practices.
Within this Program, the recently-launched “Climate Finance and the Private Sector” Initiative (CFPI) aims to increase private capital flows to climate-friendly activities in developing countries by improving the provision of international climate finance by public institutions, including development financing institutions and other international funding mechanisms. This initiative works in concert with the Institutions and Governance (IGP), and Climate and Energy (CEP) Programs of WRI.
WRI’s Markets and Enterprise Program seeks an Intern to provide research, analysis, and other support for its emerging work streams on climate finance and the role of the private sector. The successful candidate will also help coordinate, and provide ad-hoc support to, Institute-wide collaboration on this topic.
The successful candidate would work closely with MEP’s CFPI and other WRI staff to understand how and whether international climate finance deployed by the public sector optimally leverages private capital. By using a mix of interview, data analysis, and secondary research methods, the Intern would help CFPI gain insight into the challenges and opportunities experienced by project developers and financiers when working with public institutions, and vice versa.
Responsibilities of the Intern will include:
Analyzing the current provision of international climate finance by public institutions and governments, with respect to leveraging private capital flows; this includes collecting public data on development finance institutions’ and their activities, and conducting primary research through interviews with both public and private sector actors.
- Conducting communications activities including contributing to blog posts, preparing presentations, identifying and organizing outreach activities;
- Providing background research and administrative support for the CFPI and groups convened by WRI to discuss leveraging private capital flows;
- Supporting fundraising and project management activities including contact database development and management;
- Participating in conference calls and meetings on climate finance topics;
- Coordinating daily with other WRI climate finance teams.
The ideal candidate is highly-motivated, organized, and comfortable working independently as well as with a team. Additional skills/qualifications include:
- An undergraduate/graduate degree in business, economics, development, or related field;
- Basic knowledge of finance and capital markets;
- Experience working at a public or private financial institution;
- Robust research, analysis, and communication skills;
- Fluency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel);
- Developing country background and/or exposure.
How to Apply
Qualified applicants should apply online atwww.wri.org/careers. All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.