Summer Intern: Clean Energy Siting and Soft Cost Reduction - New York City Office

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. Successful clean energy siting decisions are paramount to meet the state’s clean energy goals—including our Clean Energy Standard “70 by 30”, the NY Sun goal of 6 gigawatts of distributed solar by 2023 and the target of deploying 1.5 gigawatts of new energy storage projects by 2025. 

This is a full-time paid internship for a graduate student in summer 2019. The intern will be a key part of developing of guidance materials and standardized tools to ease the implementation of solar, land-based wind and energy storage in New York State. The intern will work closely with staff from multiple NYSERDA programs and will also interact with professionals and others from the broader networks of the energy, municipalities and community development fields.

This individual will learn details of clean energy project development process directly from market participants; and will gain first hand insight into the siting of clean energy projects and the interaction with local governments in New York State. This is an excellent opportunity to gain further education on numerous types of clean energy development such as solar, wind and energy storage.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Assist with the implementation of NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Siting Program with a focus on outreach and educational efforts for local governments, stakeholder engagement, as well as resource development
  • Assist on facilitating and attending workshops and working group meetings with diverse stakeholders from the public and private sectors, as well as complete projects and deliverables with input from the working group
  • Identify and conduct deep-dive analysis on best practices for clean energy siting, and draft guidance documents for local decision-makers and industry members

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate-level candidate, studying public policy, public administration, business, environmental policy, sustainability management, or a related field
  • Policy analysis, research, technical writing, and spreadsheet knowledge
  • Excellent skills with the Microsoft Office suite of programs
  • Demonstrated ability to research primary and secondary sources
  • Working knowledge of distributed energy resources, clean energy public policies, or clean energy companies preferred

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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