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Urban Development and Accessibility Intern – Washington, D.C.

Organization: World Resources Institute

Position Title: Urban Development and Accessibility Intern

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours & Compensation: Unpaid.

Position Dates: Six-week minimum commitment.

Application Deadline: None posted.

Posted On: March 28, 2013.

Organization Overview:

WRI’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. Established in 1982, WRI has grown to be respected globally by policymakers, NGOs, and corporate leaders alike because of the rigorous quality, balance, and independence of its work as a global environmental think tank that goes beyond research to put ideas into action. We operate globally because today’s problems have no boundaries. We are avid communicators because people everywhere are inspired by ideas, empowered by knowledge, and moved to change by greater understanding. The entire WRI team, including employees, interns and fellows, see the results of their hard work and have the satisfaction of making a significant difference in the world.


The EMBARQ global network catalyzes environmentally and financially sustainable transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities. Since 2002, the network has grown to include five Centers for Sustainable Transport, located in Mexico, Brazil, India, Turkey and the Andean Region, that work together with national and local authorities to reduce pollution, improve public health, and create safe, accessible and attractive urban public spaces. The network employs more than 100 experts in fields ranging from architecture to air quality management; geography to journalism; and sociology to civil and transport engineering. EMBARQ’s global strategy aims to achieve the following impacts by 2016: over 16,000 lives saved, 6.7 million tons of CO2 emissions avoided, 11.8 billion transport trips served, 3.1 billion hours of travel time saved and $6.2 billion in investments leveraged. The position will interact with offices in 6 countries, and with multiple departments at the global office.


The Urban Development and Accessibility practice area of EMBARQ, WRI’s Center for Sustainable Transport, is looking for a research intern to support ongoing research about multilateral development banks and their decision process related to urban development and sustainable transport. This Research Intern will work closely with EMBARQ’s Urban Development and Accessibility team and EMBARQ researchers on a variety of research and writing assignments. The position reports to EMBARQ’s Urban Development and Accessibility Director and is located at WRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.  There will be one opportunity for the summer 2013.


90% Research and Data Analysis:

  • Assists with research and data analysis on assigned topics related to urban development funding and trends;
  • Collects and analyzes information; and monitors and analyzes relevant material from conferences and seminars, academic journals, and reports from a wide variety of sources,in cluding 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 assignments
  • Conveys information and updates on status of research through regular meetings nad reports
  • Provides office support to include assistance with word processing, faxing, copying, filing, and mailing, as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public policy, economics, or other related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Fluency in English and at least one other language spoken in an EMBARQ Center country
  • Demonstrated interest in urban transportation and urban development required
  • Strong writing skills required
  • Basic knowledge of MS Word, Excel (or other spreadsheet programs) and capacity to learn other types of graphics and presentation programs required;
  • Strong organization, high initiative, clear interpersonal skills, eye for detail, creativity, and design, mature judgment, team player, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment required.
  • Competence to undertake high-profile research assignments with minimal supervision.

How to Apply: Applications accepted online only at No phone calls please.

Contact Information: 

World Resources Institute,

10 G Street NE, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20002

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