Large-Scale Renewables - Albany Office

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. These efforts are key to developing a less polluting and more reliable and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. Collectively, NYSERDA’s efforts aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate economic growth, and reduce customer energy bills.

This is a paid internship for current, matriculated students. Students are allowed to work up to 37.5 hours per week in between semesters, when not attending class.

This internship is intended for those with an interest in renewable energy policy and development, and the interaction between policymakers and developers on how to responsibly and economically site clean energy projects, particularly large-scale solar and wind.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Conduct guided, independent research on potential mechanisms by which future large-scale renewables renewable energy certificate (REC) procurements can incorporate land use considerations. The research will focus on conservation and land-use activity mitigation strategies employed by various New York State agencies, and energy development-related land use policies employed by other local/state/federal jurisdictions.
  • Produce a set of recommendations and/or suggested changes to consider in future solicitations
  • Analyze the Order Adopting a Clean Energy Standard and subsequent filings for potential avenues with which to implement changes to future renewable energy certificate solicitations.
  • Conduct related research on renewable energy siting topics such as include wholesale energy markets, property taxation, community benefits agreements, Article 10 and SEQRA, planning and zoning for renewable energy development, construction standards and constraints, land use and land management, habitat management, and others as needed.
  • Support the siting and permitting analysis of proposals received under the 2019 large-scale renewables and apply the proposal information to ongoing research.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time student, pursuing associate, bachelor, or master’s degree in energy policy, environmental policy, environmental science, public policy, natural resource management, land use management, forestry management, regional planning, sustainable development, economics, public administration, business administration, or a related degree.
  • Demonstrated ability to research primary and secondary sources and synthesize analysis, key findings, and recommendations.
  • Strong proficiency in policy analysis and critical thinking.
  • Strong communication and writing skills, technical writing experience preferred.
  • Skill in managing multiple activities, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and thoughtful time management.
  • Excellent skills with the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • Skills with ArcMap mapping software and experience with large datasets preferred.
  • 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.

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