Intern: Utility Affairs & Strategic Partnerships (Pay-for-Performance) - 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.

The Pay-for-Performance initiative is a collaboration between NYSERDA, New York utilities, energy efficiency service providers, and other supporting partners designed to transform the way we invest in energy efficiency. Unlike traditional energy efficiency programs that use measure-specific (e.g. light bulbs, appliances, etc.) rebates and incentives, this initiative will compensate service providers over time for measured energy efficiency accruing from a large portfolio of mass market customers that undergo energy efficiency upgrades and operational improvements.

This is a paid internship for current, matriculated 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.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support documentation efforts of the Pay-for-Performance pilot at NYSERDA, which involves the rollout of an advanced measurement & verification software platform to be used by NYSERDA, utilities, and energy efficiency service providers. Develop implementation documentation (such as business processes, data requirements, and step-by-step guides) and training materials.
  • Assist NYSERDA staff with data analytics and other research activities related to pilot administration and development.
  • Serve as a minutes and meeting notetaker, creating project records of team meetings with various stakeholders.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time undergraduate or graduate student, pursuing a degree in environmental or energy policy, engineering, and/or design, or related fields.
  • 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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