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Intern: RetrofitNY - 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. 

In the U.S. more than 600 buildings each hour will need to be retrofitted to decarbonize the building sector by 2050. RetrofitNY is focused on the challenge of scaling carbon neutral retrofits. This will require significant innovation in building technologies, manufacturing, and construction processes. RetrofitNY is looking for an intern interested in working with the program team to develop market and behavioral interventions that will drive building owners and other key stakeholders to carbon neutral buildings. The intern will look at how building owners make assumptions in their business-as-usual expense forecast. For example, expected increases in insurance rates, maintenance and/or turnover costs, and help find mechanisms to prevent building owners from underestimating those increases and from excluding climate related risks or drivers when setting those forecasts. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in behavioral science and an interest in climate change mitigation.

This is a paid internship for current, full-time students. This internship will begin in the spring 2022 semester and continue through the summer and academic year. 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

  • Assist the RetrofitNY program with the design of a behavioral intervention targeting building owner financial assumptions in their forecasts
  • Help to build out a behavior map relevant to broad adoption of deep energy and carbon neutral retrofits
  • Draft a proposal describing the rationale for proposed interventions and conduct research to support that rationale
  • Assist in the development of presentations aimed at building owners and lenders regarding risk perceptions
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time undergraduate or Masters student, pursuing a degree in behavioral science or decision sciences and with an interest in sustainability
  • 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
  • Willingness to review/analyze development and operating budgets
  • Strong work ethic

To Apply

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

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