Intern - Waste Burning, Sustainable Cities, WRI India, Surat, India

WRI India, an independent charity legally registered as the India Resources Trust, provides objective information and practical proposals to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable development. Our work focuses on building sustainable and liveable cities and working towards a low carbon economy. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, WRI India puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being. The India Resources Trust has a license from WRI to use the trademark 'WRI India'

WRI India has the capacity to convene key stakeholders, and forge strategic partnerships with governments, business, foundations, civil society organizations, institutes and NGOs, to scale-up solutions that can bring game-changing results for the sustainable management of natural resources in India.

We are inspired by and associated with World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organisation with more than 400 experts and other staff around the world. World Resources Institute began in Washington, DC, in 1982 to provide cutting edge analysis to address global environment and development challenges. WRI spans more than 50 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, and the United States. In all of these locations, WRI works with government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action based on high-quality data and objective analysis.

Position Overview: Municipal solid waste management is a burning issue in India. Proper disposal of MSW is still a distant dream. Open waste burning is, also, a contributing factor in air pollution in Indian cities. WRI India is seeking Intern(s) to work with and support our Streets for all Program in the country under the Sustainable Cities department. WRI globally has thorough experience in sustainable cities sector across several topic areas and is widely recognized as a leader on these issues.

WRI India requires a self-motivated, smart, detail oriented and highly organized individual to support its Sustainable Cities department as an Intern. This is a position for someone seeking to work in waste management and air quality management.


  • Identify current municipal waste management practice and status in Surat.
  • Do a bottom-up estimation of waste burning frequency in the different land use pattern/SES (socioeconomic status) level in cities.
  • Assessment and estimation of the composition of burn waste.
  • Exploration of waste burning frequency, mass, and composition in the different land use pattern/Socio-Economic Status level in cities

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Master's degree in a Science subject (Environmental Science preferable), but students having interest in air quality/waste management are encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge on usage of GPS instrument.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team.
  • Good writing and communication skills.
  • Organized and detail-oriented.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural, global workplace.
  • A flexible individual who can work independently, with little direction and supervision.
  • Strong analytical capabilities.
  • Interns need to bring their own laptops and arrange for internet in field (for basic communication).

Location: Surat, India

Duration: 01 Month

Start Date: As soon as possible

To Apply: Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purpose.

Finalized candidate will be required to take a writing/analytical test.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI's policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual preference, parental status, or disability. WRI's global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

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Deadline/closing date: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019