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Internship: Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) - Albany, NYC, or Buffalo 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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are core values at NYSERDA and in our work for the people of New York State and the clean energy market. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment and are committed to diversity in all its forms. Because our programs serve all New Yorkers, we are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse and engaged workforce and building a workplace that empowers all NYSERDA employees to achieve their full professional and personal potential.

In 2020, NYSERDA formally launched an internal strategic planning effort to promote DEI across the organization, culminating in the development of the Authority’s first-ever DEI Strategic Plan [PDF]. With the Strategic Plan formally issued as of the Authority’s October 5, 2021, Board Meeting, the implementation phase of this work is now underway, and the DEI Strategic Plan is being used to guide Authority activity and implementation efforts, with a focus on internal activities but inclusive of external-facing impact as well.

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 November 28, 2022 and continue through the fall/winter 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.

Primary Responsibilities

In partnership with NYSERDA’s DEI and human resources teams, the DEI intern will help inform, develop, and execute DEI initiatives throughout the Authority. NYSERDA is seeking an intern interested in completing project work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Communications
    • Support communications and engagement with staff (e.g., NYSERDA-wide webinars, NYSERDA-wide emails, training registration, etc.).
  • Research
    • Assist in conducting research on trends and best practices for:
      • Aligning organizational policies/practices and professional development opportunities with DEI goals and objectives
      • Resource Groups
    • Help compile reputable DEI-related resources and assist in the creation of both an internal and external database for stakeholders to access.
  • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Assist in developing and facilitating internal stakeholder engagement tools such as surveys, assessments, focus groups, etc., as well as translating results and planning next steps.
    • Support DEI communication and marketing needs including drafting website and intranet updates, social media campaigns, flyers, newsletters, PowerPoints, supporting development of logos, DEI signature and design for NYSERDA-wide communications, etc.
      • Support communication to new hires including sending a new hire welcome letter, presenting on new hire meet and greets, etc.
      • Support with developing DEI related NYSERDA-wide communications including President’s emails, NYSERDA-wide webinar segments, etc. including those related to observances (e.g., Juneteenth, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month).
    • Support development of Resource Group framework and related processes including budget proposal and review, review new Resource Group applications, review of Resource Group charters, etc.
    • Aid in the planning and production of internal and external virtual and in-person (when appropriate) events like training workshops, lunch and learns, forums, meet and greets with Resource Groups, etc.
  • Data Analytics and Reporting
    • Support program in tracking and reporting on data from different systems associated with training registration/attendance and organization-wide DEI indicators
      • Utilize Microsoft Excel and Tableau to produce graphs, tables, and spreadsheets, as well as perform calculations and automation to process large volumes of data

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time college student
  • Demonstrated interest in developing competencies in cultural intelligence, writing and communication, strategic planning, DEI self-awareness, understanding of systemic issues, critical thinking, organizational skills, and teamwork
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of programs (i.e., PowerPoint, Excel, SharePoint, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability in conducting research and/or stakeholder engagement relevant to the primary responsibilities of this position
  • Skill in managing multiple priorities, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and discernment

To Apply

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

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