Intern: Renewables Optimization and Energy Storage Innovation - 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.  

This is a paid internship for current, full-time college students.  Students are allowed to 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.

The internship will begin in the fall 2019 semester and is expected to continue through spring 2020.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Perform research and outreach activities supporting the formation of a National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, as directed by the Consortium Principal Investigator. The Consortium is funded jointly by NYSERDA and the U.S. Department of Energy. Its primary goal is to deliver technical solutions that reduce the levelized cost of energy for U.S. offshore wind plants.
  • Research will include but not be limited to: identification and review of available literature, data analysis, phone or in person discussions with key individuals, on and offsite meetings, and presentation of findings and recommendations to NYSERDA staff.
  • Research activities will focus on offshore wind technology including turbines and structures, site assessment methods, and supply chain innovation. This research will support continuing research and development project solicitations including assisting the team to evaluate incoming project proposals.
  • Outreach activities will include but not be limited to: identification and background research on potential Consortium partners, assisting in communication with various Consortium Advisory Groups, and generating, assembling, and editing content for Consortium reports and publications.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time undergraduate or Masters student, pursuing a degree in engineering or environmental science.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • 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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