2010 wri summer Internship in Washington dc

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2010 WRI Summer Internship in Washington DC

Program Summary

World Resources Institute (WRI) offers summer internship for a Shantou University Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication student in its Climate & Energy Program (CEP) to work on the ChinaFAQs project—a network of China experts that provides climate and energy information. This new project is designed to create fact sheets and other content tailored specifically to address questions raised by U.S. Congressional offices on climate and energy issues in China. “ChinaFAQs” stands for China, Frequently Asked Questions. See www.ChinaFAQs.org.

The successful candidate will play a research and writing role in creating content for the Network and therefore must demonstrate excellent analytical and communication skills. A broad understanding of China’s energy and climate policies is a plus. The candidate will work with the project manager and staff to conduct research and analysis to inform key members of the United States Congress on climate and energy policy in China.
The candidate should submit an activity report to the WRI and LKS foundation after the internship.

  • Work closely with the ChinaFAQs team to collect and analyze research materials and compile information from Chinese language and various sources.

  • Contribute to ChinaFAQs background documents and publications on a variety of climate and energy issues.

  • Assist occasionally with translation.

  • Contribute to the ChinaFAQs website and outreach efforts as required.

  • Contribute as needed to communications materials, organizing briefings, and other outreach to Congressional staff and offices.


  • Year 3 student (as of 2009-2010 academic year) of Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication

  • English proficiency

  • Knowledge of China’s climate and energy issues a plus.

  • Excellent Chinese and English writing skills and ability to present complex information clearly and concisely.

  • Solid computer and internet research skills, and advanced knowledge of MS Office. Graphics or website design abilities a plus.

  • Results-focused, well organized, and comfortable working independently within a collaborative research team.

Internship Period

Two-month internship from August to September 2010


The living expenses, traveling and accommodation costs will be sponsored by the WRI‘s Cynthia Helms Fellowship and LKS Foundation.

About WRI

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to create practical ways to protect the planet and improve people's lives. Our mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment for current and future generations.

  • People and ecosystems. Reverse rapid degradation of ecosystems and assure their capacity to provide humans with needed goods and services.

  • Climate change. Protect the global climate system from further harm due to emissions of greenhouse gases and help humanity and the natural world adapt to unavoidable climate change.

  • Markets and enterprise. Harness markets and enterprise to expand economic opportunity and protect the environment.

  • Access. Guarantee public access to information and decisions regarding natural resources and the environment.

  • Institutional excellence. Support and enhance WRI's ability to achieve results.

In all of its policy research and work with institutions, WRI tries to build bridges between ideas and action, meshing the insights of scientific research, economic and institutional analyses, and practical experience with the need for open and participatory decision-making.

About the Cynthia Helms Fellowship at WRI

The fellowship was established in 2007 by Cynthia R. Helms, who served as a WRI Board Member from 1999-2005. She has served on the boards of a number of international and environment-related positions, including World Women in the Environment (Worldwide), the Board of Concern, Inc, the National Fund for the U.S. Botanical Garden, the Bonsai Foundation, and the Harriman Fellowship Program. Ms. Helms received the FUNEP 500 Environmental Achiever Award and is the author of the popular book, An Ambassador’s Wife in Iran.

The Cynthia Helms Fellowship at WRI supports Fellows working on developing-country issues. Nowhere is WRI’s mission of protecting Earth’s capacity to provide for the needs of current and future generations more important than in the developing world. The Cynthia Helms Fellowship aims to promote learning that is two-way, and have multiple benefits: Enhance WRI’s work through the additional perspective of Fellows who have direct experience with the culture and challenges of these countries, and likewise, Fellows would gain valuable analytical and policy research skills relevant to their professional development and potentially applicable within their home country in the future.

Complete and return the application form to May Chen of J-School at maychen@stu.edu.cn by 12:00noon on 10 May 2010 (Monday). The contact number of May Chen is 82902089.

Submission after the deadline WILL NOT be accepted
Selection Panel

Preliminary Selection: Professor Peter Herford and Mr. Sam Hui

Final Interview:

Ying Chan, Dean of CK School of Journalism and Communication

Peter Herford, Professor of CK School of Journalism and Communication

Sam Hui, Lecturer of CK School of Journalism and Communication

2010 WRI Summer Internship in Washington DC

Application Form

  1. Please type and return your application to May Chen at maychen@stu.edu.cn

  2. Application Deadline: 12:00noon on 10 May 2010

* The J-school reserves the right to disqualify any incomplete or misstated application.





Student ID

English level

Contact Tel



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3


Major courses and scores:

Major awards and extra curricular activities:


  1. English essay, one page of double spaced

A report on the drought and water pollution issue in Yunnan, or an environmental issue in a selected location in China

  1. Chinese essay, half page of double spaced

How would you contribute to the internship and what would you expect to get from it?

Date: 4 May 2010

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