Intern: Utility Affairs and Strategic Partnerships (Pay-for-Performance) - 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.  

The Pay-for-Performance initiative is a collaboration between NYSERDA, New York utilities, energy efficiency service providers, and other supporting partners designed to transform the way we invest in energy efficiency. Unlike traditional energy efficiency programs that use measure-specific (e.g. light bulbs, appliances, etc.) rebates and incentives, this initiative will compensate service providers over time for measured energy efficiency accruing from a large portfolio of mass market customers that undergo energy efficiency upgrades and operational improvements.

This is a paid internship for current, full-time students.  This internship will begin June 1, 2020 and continue for the academic year.  The interns work onsite 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 

  • Support documentation efforts of the Pay-for-Performance pilot at NYSERDA, which involves the rollout of an advanced measurement & verification software platform to be used by NYSERDA, utilities, and energy efficiency service providers. Develop and synthesize implementation documentation (such as business processes, data requirements, and step-by-step guides) and training materials.
  • Assist NYSERDA staff with data analytics and other research activities related to pilot administration and development.
  • Continuously craft artifacts including weekly stakeholder communications and records of team meetings/decisions
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time student, pursuing associate, bachelor, or master degree in environmental or energy policy, engineering, design, and/or business, or related fields.
  • 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 to Please include NYSERDA Internship – Specific Internship Name in the Subject Line.