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Internship: Technology to Market - 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.

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 the 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.

The Tech to Market team is seeking an intern to conduct research on a variety of Carbon Removal, Carbontech, and CCUS topics. The team will work with this intern to generate white papers, memos, and research content that can be used to improve existing programs and to build new programs. The team is seeking a candidate with a science, engineering, or economics background who has excellent written and verbal communication and research skills.

This project will enable the Tech to Market team to determine how existing and future carbontech programs can contribute to our Climate Act goals and help build the carbontech ecosystem in New York State. This project will also support NYSERDA’s efforts to partner with the Federal government and secure Federal funds for in State efforts within this sector.

NYSERDA is leading the country in this area, and we have been working with other States, countries, industry, academics, and innovators to make New York a global hub for carbontech. We believe this internship will provide the selected candidate with unique and transferable experience in this emerging sector.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support NYSERDA efforts to apply for Federal or other funds to advance carbontech in the State
  • Conduct research and analysis on topics relevant to supporting the development of New York’s carbontech ecosystem. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
    • Assessing the technical potential for capture, utilization, and sequestration of carbon in New York, including direct air capture of CO2, conversion of carbon to products, sequestration of CO2 underground or as minerals, etc.
    • Assessing the potential economic and job creation benefits of deploying carbontech in the State, especially in environmental justice and historically disadvantaged communities
    • Assessing the current state of, and potential for, CO2 transportation in New York, including pipeline, marine, rail, and truck
    • Assessing and summarizing the current regulatory environment for carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies in New York
    • Aggregating resources for
      • Performing technology life cycle emissions analyses
      • Finding host sites in New York for carbontech projects
      • Engaging with communities in New York about the potential benefits and impacts of carbontech, especially environmental justice and historically disadvantaged communities
    • Identifying the solution providers able to deploy carbontech in the State and their current commercial readiness and deployment scale to date
    • Identifying other stakeholders, financiers, regulatory entities, etc. needed to deploy carbontech in the State
  • Collaborate with internal NYSERDA teams and conduct stakeholder outreach and interviews on these topics and incorporate this feedback into analyses
  • Summarize and present analysis findings to internal NYSERDA teams and Executives
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time Masters student, pursuing a degree in science, engineering, economics, or other relevant discipline.
  • 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 and resolute integrity
  • Previous research experience within this sector preferred

To Apply

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

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