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Intern, GIS

World Resources Institute

Washington,  District of Columbia
GIS Internship

The intern will work on WRI’s Resource Watch, a high impact initiative to improve how we analyze, visualize, and share data to advance sustainable development. Resource Watch provides trusted and timely data for a sustainable future. The platform facilitates data discovery and visualization for over 300 datasets at the intersection of diverse environmental and social issues. Resource Watch sits in the Science and Research team, which promotes high quality standards in WRI’s research, ensures cohesion across programs and offices, and leads open data and information into action initiatives across the Institute.

Internship Summary

You will join a team of highly motivated individuals, including members of WRI’s senior leadership, to support the development and management of Resource Watch. You will be expected to learn quickly on the job and will gain experience with working with scripting, data documentation and analysis, and geospatial visualizations.

Learning Outcomes

  • You will gain experience in writing python scripts to:
  • Investigate data on the Resource Watch platform and conduct analyses to highlight key facts from datasets in order to support agenda-setting blogs.
  • Upload geospatial data to the Resource Watch platform.
  • Clearly document all analysis to publish with the blog and support transparency and replicability in research.

In addition, you will gain experience in:

  • Creating custom data visualizations in Vega.
  • Obtaining information from APIs.
  • Investigating recent scientific publications and determining new data to add to the Resource
  • Watch platform.
  • Working on GitHub to transparently store all scripts.
  • Conducting one in-depth data analysis of ocean or power data, or in a subject of interest.

Internship Qualifications

  • Experience with geospatial analysis, especially Google Earth Engine, QGIS, or ArcGIS
  • Programming experience in Python, and familiarity with Pandas and GDAL, or a willingness to learn
  • Expertise in environmental science and sustainable development
  • Excellent quantitative skills and a high degree of comfort working with data and web technologies
  • A self-motivated learner with a willingness takes on new challenges as required
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail

General Internship Requirements

Applicants must have personal health insurance coverage.
US work authorization is required for this opportunity. WRI does not sponsor interns for visas.

This is a paid internship.


This is a full-time, six-month internship with flexible start and end dates based on the student’s availability and need for the project.

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