Communications Intern, Water

Internship Summary:

As a Communications Intern in WRI’s Water Program, you will support the Program’s various communications efforts. Reporting to the Communications Manager, Water, you will help develop and implement outreach strategies for publications; write and edit blogs; craft messages for social media, email newsletters, talking points, and presentations; distill technical research into compelling, actionable messages to influence key decision-makers; and coordinate events such as workshops, launch convenings, and webinars. An internship with WRI’s Water Program provides access to a global team of water experts, mentorship opportunities, and a unique inside view of WRI. As a communications intern, you will work closely with WRI’s Core Communications team and collaborate with a global network of communications and engagement professionals. Preference will be given to students majoring in Journalism, Communications, English, Environmental Science, and other relevant fields. We know imposter syndrome can be a powerful force and may discourage fantastic people from applying — we encourage you to apply.

Internship Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain awareness of nonprofit communication strategies and channels
  • Gain understanding of global water issues
  • Manage social media platforms, including LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Coordinate events such as workshops, webinars, and global conferences
  • Write and review blogs, talking points, presentations, and fundraising brochures
  • Craft monthly email newsletters
  • Distill technical research into compelling, actionable messages
  • Work in a professional environment as part of a team

Internship Qualifications:

  • Self-starter, ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, familiarity with Canva, social media platforms, and project management tools is a bonus)
  • Interest in global water issues and/or communications
  • Preference will be given to students majoring in Journalism, Communications, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, and other relevant fields
  • Comfortable interning remotely.


The pay range for this internship opportunity is between $16-20/hour, commensurate with qualifications.

Duration and Location  

  • This is a part-time (10 hours per week), 6-months internship with flexible start and end dates based on the student’s availability and need for the project.
  • This is a remote-based internship with the option to work out of the Washington D.C. office once it reopens.
  • WRI will provide a laptop for the duration of your internship.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter. Applicants mustapply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview (for Internship):

WRI’s Water Program works with countries, cities, and companies to build a water-secure future. We produce innovative data and analysis tools to help decision-makers understand current and future water risks. We identify ways for policymakers to build water resilience, prevent water-related conflicts and invest in nature-based solutions. We guide companies on water stewardship initiatives that can reduce financial risk and improve collective water security. And we work with cities to expand water access and address the root problems of water insecurity to create more resilient communities. Accurate and timely information on global water resources is essential to manage growing risks. Our data and research help policymakers set enterprise water targets, inform smart water policies, and assess the costs and benefits of water management strategies. WRI’s Aqueduct tools use open-source, peer reviewed data to map water risks like floods, droughts, and stress.

Beyond the tools, the Aqueduct team works one-on-one with companies, governments, and research partners through the Aqueduct Alliance to help advance best practices in water resource management and enable sustainable growth in a water-constrained world. Our work with cities includes Cities4Forests and the Urban Water Resilience in Africa initiative. Cities4Forests supports cities around the world to recognize their interdependence with the world’s forests and use their political, economic, and cultural power to protect and manage those forests for human well-being. It enhances water security by investing in natural infrastructure and nature-based solutions as part of a portfolio of smart solutions to growing water challenges. The Urban Water Resilience in Africa initiative helps African cities in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and South Africa build water resilience through research to illuminate urban water resilience challenges, partnerships with cities to enhance capacity and demonstrate solutions, and collective action to improve enabling environments.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

Internships at WRI are learning experiences designed for current students, recent graduates, and other candidates who wish to gain knowledge about a specific area of our work. We strive to attract diverse, intellectually driven candidates who have a passion for sustainability and development. WRI provides many internship opportunities throughout the year in all our programs.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender, racial, and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.


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