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Internship: Government Affairs - 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.

Government Affairs helps to develop and implement strategies to attain authority goals and advises executive management on policy positions. Government Affairs helps construct the legislative agenda for the authority and monitors legislative activities at the state and federal level. Government Affairs works with the Governor’s office, state executive agencies, state legislature, local governments, and the federal government on matters related to the authority’s programs and activities. Government Affairs also collaborates with teams across NYSERDA relating to ongoing efforts of the authority to develop and build greater program awareness and outreach.

This is a paid internship for current, full-time students. This internship will begin in January 2022 and continue through at least summer 2022. 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

  • Reviewing and tracking legislation and providing verbal or written updates
  • Drafting formal business letters
  • Creating educational content for staff related to sustainability
  • Tracking the implementation dates of sustainability projects and other key project information
  • Conducting and summarizing research on a variety of topics
  • Preparing reports
  • Performing other responsibilities, as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time undergraduate or Masters student; energy or environmental background preferred
  • Good writing and communication skills, including excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to use a land-line phone and voice mail, including comfort with speaking by phone
  • Ability to work remotely, as needed
  • Excellent skills with the Microsoft Office suite of programs and familiarity with WebEx
  • Demonstrated ability to research primary and secondary sources
  • Skill in managing multiple activities, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment
  • Ability to work solo or in a group and follow through on assigned tasks
  • Strong work ethic

To Apply

Please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume to internship@nyserda.ny.gov. Please include NYSERDA Internship – Specific Internship Name in the Subject Line.