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Nov 24 / BARD CEP

Climate Data Innovation Intern, World Resources Institute – Washington, DC

Organization: World Resources Institute

Position Title: Climate Data Innovation Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: full time; 6 months; paid

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: The World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks a data innovation intern that is technically savvy and has a good understanding of the climate science and policy space.  The intern will support our research on new, innovative climate data products to impact policy making and will ultimately help us to plan the next set of impactful climate data tools.

The position will also support data aggregation for WRI’s Climate Data Explorer (CAIT 2.0), which includes a variety of climate and policy related data.

WRI is a leader for environmental data tools and this position offers the opportunity to work with a diverse team of highly committed and driven individuals working to change the world. It involves working with high-profile and cutting-edge online data tools and requires a strong interest in innovation and the development of new ideas.


  Perform in-depth research on climate change data sources and methodologies

  Analyze data and analysis needs of stakeholders, including policymakers, businesses and civil society

  Liaise with external stakeholders to acquire necessary information

  Suggest new approaches to turn data into action

  Support the development of summaries and concept notes for new data products

  Support integration of new data sets in CAIT 2.0

  Help to improve overall CAIT 2.0 data management

  Test newly developed online tools for usability and bugs



  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Solid analytical skills – able to independently understand both policy needs and the role of data in policymaking
  • Desire to innovate and suggest new ideas in a competitive climate policy space
  • Understanding of key data issues (uncertainty, openness, licensing)
  • Some familiarity with the (climate) policy space
  • Familiarity with online data tools
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to reach out to a number of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission and values


  • Familiarity with the climate and energy data realm, for example data on  emissions, energy, economics or climate finance
  • Knowledge of the climate policy space, for example the UNFCCC, corporate sustainability initiatives, or national climate and/or energy policies
  • Experience with more complex analysis
  • Experience with online data visualization (dynamic graphs, mapping)
  • Experience with web development and interface usability
  • Programming experience  with online applications (e.g., Javascript , Jquery)

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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