Clean Energy and Equity Intern - Paid

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 The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., seeks an intern for its local policy program to work in the area of social equity and clean energy. ACEEE acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.

 Position Description: Intern will support ACEEE’s Local Policy Program, providing research, outreach, and administrative support on projects that will advance energy affordability and equitable clean energy policies. The intern will work closely with research analysts to assist on tasks related to equitable energy efficiency policy and program implementation in cities, utility programs serving low-income and multifamily households, and energy affordability issues. The intern will have an opportunity to work on a variety of research activities and reports related to advancing clean energy within cities and utilities. The intern may also contribute to other local policy work on an as-needed basis. The person in this position will gain an understanding how cities and utilities are working to advance equitable clean energy policies as well as efforts to improve energy affordability for households nationally. 

 Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support research projects focused on urban energy burdens, energy affordability, and the role of community-based organizations in advancing clean and affordable energy.
  • Assist with applied research projects that support local government efforts to adopt and implement equitable clean energy initiatives.
  • Provide research and administrative assistance for two utility working groups composed of energy efficiency program managers serving low-income and multifamily residents.
  • Assist, as needed, with other research efforts related to local energy efficiency policy.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, preferably working towards an advanced degree in a relevant academic area.
  • Interest in and familiarity with a range of energy efficiency policies and/or local level sustainability policies strongly preferred. Familiarity with energy utilities, environmental justice, and affordable housing preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of and experience with public policy analysis, environmental or energy policy, affordable housing policy, urban planning, and/or economics
  • Strong writing, data analysis, oral communication, and organizational skills required.
  • Self-motivation, fast learner, and ability to balance multiple assignments (as needed), work efficiently, and meet deadlines.

Timing: Ideal start date is around March 1 and the internship with run through the end of June 2020 with the possibility for extension. The project will require a time commitment of 25 to 35 hours/week. Interns are expected to be present in the office during their designated work hours.

To Apply: Please send a resume with cover letter and brief (1-2 pages) writing sample to Please use “Clean Energy and Equity Intern” in the subject header. We do not accept calls about our internships.



ACEEE is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination with regard to race, sex, color, age, religion, creed, class, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability.  ACEEE is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in its organization and encourages applicants with diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply.

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