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Intern: Communities and Local Government - 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.

This is a paid internship for current, full-time students. The pay rate is from $15 to $17 per hour based on current class year. This internship will begin during the spring semester and continue through the summer. 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

  • Assist the Communities and Local Government team with research, program development, project management
  • Contracts data entry and management, metrics tracking, data analysis, and written reports as needed
  • Assist with developing case studies for completed projects
  • Coordinate updates for NYSERDA’s website with NYSERDA’s marketing department
  • Assist with the administration of a Community basted grant scoring committee.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time undergraduate or Masters student, pursuing a degree in urban planning, regional planning, sustainable development, management, statistics or similar subject matter;
  • Utilize Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel and Word. Experience with Excel should include knowledge of VLOOK UP, merge functions and other advanced features that can be used to analyze large quantities of data in short periods of time, including production of clear charts and graphs showing meaningful trends or outcomes;
  • Some experience working with, developing, or utilizing databases to store information and run reports. Experience with Salesforce is also preferred;
  • Ability to perform meaningful, original research resulting in clearly written analyses, summary reports, and program recommendations;
  • 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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