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Internship: Clean Transportation - 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. 

In July 2020, the New York State Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Order Establishing Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Make Ready Program and Other Programs (Case 18-E-0138, “EV Make Ready Order”) directed NYSERDA to establish three prize competitions to fund projects that will help overcome persistent transportation challenges in low-income communities and remove barriers to widespread electric vehicle use. The goal is to advance clean, electrified transportation options in disadvantaged communities in New York State, including, but not limited to, electric trucks and buses, electric cars, electric micromobility and other mobility services. The competitions are intended to provide an opportunity to directly engage communities and local groups to improve transportation options, reduce emissions, and develop solutions that can be scaled and replicated in New York State and beyond. 

This is a paid internship for current, full-time students. This internship will begin on May 31, 2021, and there is an opportunity to continue through the Spring 2022 semester.  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 class.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Providing research support around prize design and implementation and potential projects that may be part of the program. Research may include information about how other similar programs have been run, average costs of specific activities (such as installing a DCFC charging station or a mile of bike lane), technical options available to address specific needs (such as wireless e-bike charging), and other similar topics
  • Assisting with the preparation of the judging panels, including research into additional potential judges based on the technical content of the proposals being submitted to the prizes
  • Providing project management support to coordinate with the team of contractors working with NYSERDA to implement the program
  • Additional tasks, as needed, such as compiling question and answer documents

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time undergraduate or Masters student
  • Excellent skills with the Microsoft Office suite of programs
  • 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

To Apply

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

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