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Intern: Energy and Climate Equity Team - Albany 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. 

Achievement of the energy, environmental, and climate justice objectives of the Climate Act will require all communities to be actively engaged in the clean energy transition, including residents and communities that have traditionally faced barriers to participating in or otherwise benefitting from New York’s emerging clean energy economy.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will stand up a multifaceted statewide Energy Equity Collaborative effort with the goal of transforming and reimagining NYSERDA’s engagement strategies with disadvantaged communities in New York State, in coordination with an interagency taskforce. NYSERDA is also launching a set of 10 Regional Clean Energy Hubs to support outreach to and engagement of under-resourced and disadvantaged urban and rural communities across the state to ensure an inclusive clean energy 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 academic year. Interns to 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

  • Perform analytic, research, administrative, and other functions necessary to support the implementation of a new effort focused on disadvantaged communities 
  • Data entry and quality control
  • Research the market for data and perform analysis
  • Coordination between NYSERDA teams and programs (e.g., Regional Hubs, Equity Collaborative)
  • Contribute to the administration of one or more taskforces or advisory groups
  • Track external stakeholder engagement interactions through our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) data system
  • Contribute to the development of a CRM user guide for Knowledge Base
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently
  • Current, full-time undergraduate or Masters’ student, pursuing a degree in environmental policy, urban planning, engineering, public administration, or a related field preferred.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of programs and ability to produce and deliver reports, presentations, and other documents
  • Salesforce CRM experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to research primary and secondary sources.
  • Strong verbal and writing skills to effectively communicate with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments, meet project timelines, be responsive, operate with speed, accuracy, and possess a strong work ethic
  • Proficiency in other languages is a plus
  • Enthusiasm for energy issues as they relate to the quality of life in NYS communities

To Apply

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

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