Intern: Policy Development - 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. 

The Policy Development team is part of NYSERDA’s Energy and Environmental Analysis (EEA) group, which works to provide objective information and analysis in a responsive manner to meet the needs of New York State’s energy policy stakeholders. The Energy and Environmental Analysis group assists decision makers by identifying and evaluating paths for addressing the State’s policy directions on climate change and realizing a clean energy economy; quantitatively assessing the impact of energy, environmental, and economic policies and programs on the State’s citizens, businesses and environment; and helping foster informed energy planning. 

This is a paid internship for current, full-time students. This internship will begin early in the Spring semester and continue to December 2020. Interns work onsite between 10 and 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

The spring and summer intern will assist NYSERDA staff in the development of analytic studies, memos, and reports; in researching and analyzing energy-related policies and legislation; and in market research and stakeholder engagement activities. Depending on the intern’s skillset and the program needs, responsibilities may include:

  • Collect, analyze, and organize qualitative and quantitative information, including energy statistics, in order to help develop memos, reports, and other documents.
  • Compile and analyze peer-reviewed literature and policy reports and conduct expert interviews related to advancing beneficial building electrification (e.g., efficient heat pumps that use increasingly clean electricity instead of fossil fuels).
  • Compile and analyze peer-reviewed literature and conduct good practices research related to achieving energy efficiency goals through market transformation interventions.
  • Conduct comparative analysis of other state, federal, and international clean energy policy interventions.
  • Review and summarize stakeholder comments filed in regulatory proceedings of the NYS Public Service Commission, including the Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Initiative and the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceedings.
  • Gain firsthand experience and exposure to New York State’s strategies to support energy efficiency and heat pumps, including participation in calls, meetings, workshops, and industry events.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned in support of the Energy and Environmental Analysis group and other NYSERDA staff. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time graduate student, pursuing a degree in public policy, public administration, environmental policy, energy policy, sustainability management, or a related field; or current, full-time undergraduate student with demonstrated prior research experience on clean energy policy topics.
  • Coursework, research experience, or work experience related to clean energy or the electricity system and markets.
  • Strong policy analysis and research capabilities, with demonstrated ability to research, critically analyze, and synthesize primary and secondary sources.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, with demonstrated ability to produce effective and succinct written material.
  • Skill in managing multiple activities, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment and attention to detail.
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • 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.