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Online Outreach Intern – Washington, D.C.

Organization: World Resources Institute

Position Title: Online Outreach Intern

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours & Compensation: Hourly wage commensurate with qualifications.

Position Dates: Summer 2013 (Exact dates to be agreed upon between the chosen candidate and the Project Manager)

Application Deadline: Applications reviewed as received. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Posted On: March 28, 2013.

Organization Overview:

The World Resources Institute’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.  Every project undertaken by WRI seeks to contribute to one or more of the following goals:

  • People and ecosystems. Reverse rapid degradation of ecosystems and assure their capacity to provide humans with needed goods and services.
  • Climate change. 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.
  • Markets and Enterprise. Harness markets and enterprise to expand economic opportunity and protect the environment.
  • Access. Guarantee public access to information and decisions regarding natural resources and the environment.
  • Institutional excellence. Support and enhance WRI’s ability to achieve results.

In all of its policy research and work with institutions, WRI tries to build bridges between ideas and action, meshing the insights of scientific research, economic and institutional analyses, and practical experience with the need for open and participatory decision-making. WRI’s work is carried out by a 250 member interdisciplinary staff augmented by a network of advisors, collaborators, partners, and cooperating institutions in more than 50 countries.


The People & Ecosystems Program at the World Resources Institute seeks a results-oritned individual with excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills for an intern position to support Project POTICO. Project POTICO is an innovative new strategy designed to break the link between oil palm expansion and Indonesia’s rapid deforestation, through the use of low-carbon degraded land. The POTICO team is conducting various research and activities designed to take the degraded land use concept to cscale in Indonesia.

A major initiative of this project are two online web applications, the Suitability Mapper and Forest Cover Analyzer, which were designed to enable key stakeholders to make improved land use decisions precipitating sustainable palm oil. These web tools provide (1) easily accessible land use and land cover data, (2) a mapping application for identifying high potential areas for sustainable oil palm plantation expansion, and (3) a forest cover analysis tool to be used by members of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil and others to assess where forest cover change has occurred within oil palm concessions. Visit to access the tools. While currently limited to Kalimantan, POTICO plans to expand the tools to include all of Indonesia.

The intern will collaborate with the POTICO team to develop a social media presence for the web tools, improve the website design, and create new outreach and training materials needed to further promote use of the tools among POTICO’s stakeholders from the government, private sector, and civil society.


  • Create and implement an online outreach strategy to promote the web tools via social media.
  • Develop video tutorials and other related ‘how-to’ materials for the web tools.
  • Compile and develop case studies highlighting how the tools are being used by our stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with Southeast Asia Forest Team to develop webstories and other online content.
  • Liaise with WRI staff and web contractors to ensure quality product design.
  • Support other activities as needed.


  • Ideal candidate will be working toward a bachelor or masters degree in forestry, agriculture, environmental science, public policy, journalism, communications, or other relevant fields.
  • Proven experience working with online social media and blogging platforms.
  • Very strong writing skills and excellent academic performance.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written English.
  • Familiarity with or interest in Southeast Asian forest issues
  • Excellent computer skills, knowledge of web and graphic design a plus.
  • Ability to understand, read, and write Bahasa Indonesia is a plus, but not required.
  • Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related online applications is a plus.
  • Demonstrated interest in agricultural supply chains and certification systems a plus.
  • Ability to work well in a team, juggle multiple priorities, and work under tight deadlines.

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter that demonstrates his/her interest and qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae or resume, and one writing sample. Only short-listed candidates will be called for interview. Applications accepted online only at No phone calls please.

Contact Information:

World Resources Institute,

10 G Street NE, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20002

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