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Single-Family Residential Team - EmPower Program - Albany 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.

NYSERDA’s One-to Four-Family homes programs are responsible for advancing solutions to increase access to clean energy solutions and the delivery of associated benefits to homes across New York State. For income-eligible households, NYSERDA administers the NY Residential Existing Homes programs, consisting of the moderate income Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® and low-income EmPower New York programs. These programs are designed to offer whole-house residential energy efficiency upgrades, incentivizing air-sealing, insulation, HVAC equipment, efficient appliances and LED lighting, among other measures. Together, the programs serve approximately 16,000 households annually; however, there will be a significant increase needed by 2030 and will continue to play a critical role in achieving New York’s energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

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 37.5 hours per week between semesters, when not attending classes.

The intern’s primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Assist Lead Project Manager in program operations work, including:
    • Updating program documents, including forms and applications;
    • Creating instructional workflow documents;
    • Data analysis and summarizing research.
    • Development and enhancement of tracking tools;
    • Development customer education materials;
  • Engaging with stakeholders including:
    • Participating Contractors and Vendors;
    • State sponsored energy efficiency programs;
    • Other NYSERDA teams.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time college pursuing a degree in engineering, mathematics, sustainability, energy, environmental studies, business, communications, political science, law, sociology, or similar degree.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Excellent writing skills • Ability to communicate and coordinate with external stakeholders
  • Ability to synthesize stakeholder feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to research primary and secondary sources
  • Skill in managing multiple activities, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment
  • Strong work ethic

Preferred but not required

  • Prior experience working with and analyzing large data sets
  • Understanding of clean energy retrofits and/or energy efficiency especially for residential buildings

To Apply

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

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