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GreenNY - Leading by Example - Albany or New York City Office


New York is leading the nation in the fight on global climate change and the transition to a clean energy-powered economy. With the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York has codified the most aggressive climate change program in the nation with goals to reach zero carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 2040; install 9 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035; 6 gigawatts of solar by 2025; and 3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2030. Additionally, the law creates the Climate Action Council comprised of the leaders of various state agencies and authorities as well as legislative appointments to develop a plan outlining how the state will achieve an 85% reduction in GHG emissions from 1990 levels by 2050, and eventually net zero emissions in all sectors of the economy.

This is a paid internship for current, full-time college students. The pay rate is from $15 to $17 per hour based on current class year. This internship will begin in the Spring 2023 semester and continue through the Summer and academic year.

Interns must be located in New York State while working. It is expected that interns will follow our telework policy, with a combination of in-office and remote work. Interns work up to 18.5 hours per week during the semester, and up to 37.5 hours per week in between semesters, when not attending classes.

About the Role

NYSERDA serves on the GreenNY Council, which is an interagency group formed to assist state government in the implementation of New York’s “Lead by Example” climate, energy, and sustainability directives under Executive Order 22 launched in September 2022. Executive Order 22 outlines some of the states’ most ambitious goals directing state entities to pursue decarbonization and other sustainable practices. Program level staff at NY Department of Environmental Conservation, NYSERDA, Office of General Services, New York Power Authority, and Division of the Budget have been working to create a holistic, harmonized, and efficient way to jointly implement programs and tactics that will provide pathway to achieve these goals. Some of the ongoing projects include Implementation planning for EO22, Clean Fleet Working Group, 100% Renewables guidance development. The intern will be a part of NYSERDA’s GreenNY team and get hands-on experience with sustainability goals and targets, developing policy and guidance to achieve implementation and analyzing metrics to track progress.

Primary Responsibilities

The intern will assist NYSERDA staff in the development of analytic studies, memos, training, and reports; in researching and analyzing energy-related policies and projects; and in market research and stakeholder engagement activities. Responsibilities and activities will include the following:

  • Collect, analyze, and organize qualitative and quantitative information, including energy statistics, in order to help develop memos, reports, and other documents.
  • Assist with the development of sustainability reports and climate performance dashboards showing how New York State entities have advanced Lead by Example climate and sustainability efforts to reduce operational energy and greenhouse gas emissions through the GreenNY Council
    • Engage with more than seventy state government entities to collect, compile, and synthesize data and content submitted as part of annual reporting cycles
    • Collaboratively develop project recommendations and apply innovative ideas to implement and fund those projects.
    • Collaborate regularly with the GreenNY interagency team to track progress of EO 22 implementation and provide support to develop next steps.
    • Participate in GreenNY subcommittees and working groups around fleet decarbonization, green procurement, refrigerant management, and more.
  • Participate in development of supporting policies and programs
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time graduate student pursuing a degree in public policy, public administration, environmental policy, energy management, sustainability management, or a related field; or current, full-time undergraduate student with demonstrated prior research experience on clean energy topics
  • Keen interest in greenhouse gas accounting, and projects (energy efficiency, renewable energy, and fleet management) that can reduce an organization’s overall footprint
  • Strong technical analysis and research capabilities, with demonstrated ability to research, critically analyze, and synthesize primary and secondary sources
  • Excellent communication and technical writing skills with demonstrated ability to produce effective and succinct written material
  • Skill in managing multiple activities, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment and attention to detail
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of programs
  • Strong work ethic

To Apply

Please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume.

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