Hidden Image

Internship: NY-Sun - Albany or 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. 

NY-Sun is New York State’s solar energy initiative and a program of NYSERDA. In 2020, NY-Sun will accelerate program deployment to meet the CLCPA’s mandate to install 10 gigawatts of distributed solar by 2035 and deliver 40% of program benefits to disadvantaged communities as part of the state’s Green New Deal. In November 2019, NYSERDA filed a plan with the New York State Public Service Commission requesting $537 million in additional funds to achieve these goals, with $135 million set aside for a Solar Energy Equity Framework.

This is a paid internship for current, full-time students. The pay rate is from $15 to $17 per hour based on current class year. This internship will begin in the Fall 2022 semester and continue to the Spring 2023 semester.  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

Program Implementation Assistance
The NY-Sun team is supporting the deployment of 10 GW of solar by 2035. In order to meet these goals, the team is focusing on the implementation and operational processes for multiple Programs within the NY-Sun, DER portfolio. The NY-Sun intern will help in completing the following tasks as part of the implementation of new Program offerings:

  • Review current process documents to recommend potential process improvements, enhancements, and clarity
  • Document new and existing processes and procedures
  • Create and update process guides and materials for Program Staff
  • Conduct testing on new software processes and improvements
  • Prepare supporting documents to communicate technical information to non-technical business users.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Through this internship interns will gain familiarity with how solar development, business practices, program development, and stakeholder engagement, will assist in New York to achieve our clean energy goals. The intern will learn how both private and public programs work and the balance required to ensure a self-sustaining solar market.

The intern’s projects will include the following:

The intern will support NY-Sun Program Staff along with other DER groups in the analysis, development and implementation of operational, process, and resources to support Program objectives and long-term strategic goals.

Depending on the intern’s skillset and the program needs, responsibilities may include: development of viso process documents, operational manuals, identifying and recommending streamlined processes. The interns work will also look to analyze our current how to documents for Contractors, and ensure all current operational processes are clearly outlined and documented.

The final work product will be a written product (operational manuals, how to documents, process documents) that delves into one component of the NY-Sun program and provides recommendations. This will be accompanied by a final PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the intern’s project and findings. A detailed scope of the intern’s projects will be developed by the intern and project staff in the first 2-4 weeks of the internship and may shift based on program needs. The intern will also perform other responsibilities as assigned in of the NY-Sun team and other NYSERDA staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time undergraduate or master’s student
  • Excellent skills with the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills; ability to edit and convert technical information to lay terms
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in communicating ideas and concepts to a wide range of audiences.
  • Comfort reviewing and analyzing process documents in order to provide recommendations to streamline processes
  • Demonstrated ability to research primary and secondary sources.
  • Attention to detail, exceptional time management skills, excellent critical thinking skills, and experience effectively maneuvering shifting priorities and deadlines
  • Skill in managing multiple activities, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment.
  • Self-motivation and strong work ethic
  • Ability to work independently and within team settings

To Apply

Please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume.

Apply Now