Intern: Policy and Regulatory Affairs - New York City 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 college students.  Students are required to work onsite, up to 18.5 hours per week during the semester.

This internship will begin in the fall 2019 semester and continue for at least the academic year.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Supporting the work of New York State’s Climate Action Council and State Energy Planning Board
  • Assisting in drafting content for the Scoping Plan and State Energy Plan
  • Organizing and participating on calls with drafting teams
  • Engaging regularly with and coordinating NYSERDA and state agency staff
  • Organizing and participating in stakeholder engagement sessions
  • Crafting communications materials
  • Creating the Climate Action Council website; updating the State Energy Plan website
  • Developing comment intake platforms
  • Managing incoming comments, inquiries
  • Researching other state climate and energy plans, processes, and goals
  • Performing other responsibilities as assigned 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time undergraduate or master college student
  • 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.

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