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Local Policy Intern – Washington DC

Organization: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Position Title: Local Policy Intern

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Hours & Compensation: 40 hours/week. Unpaid.

Position Dates: 12 weeks starting May or June 2013.

Application Deadline: None posted.

Posted On: March 14, 2013.

Organization Overview:

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 Policy Program to work in the area of local energy efficiency policy. ACEEE act as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.


This position will focus on assisting and contributing to two local policy team projects. 1) The intern will work on the newACEEE City Energy Efficiency Scorecard to rank the largest U.S. cities on their efforts to encourage energy efficiency. The intern will assist with drafting and editing the final report and with outreach to local policy stakeholders during the report’s release. The intern will also help with the preparation of a self-scoring tool to make the City Scorecard methodology easy to use by a larger number of local governments.  2) The intern will support ongoing efforts to provide technical assistance to local governments by contributing content for our online local policy toolkits and case studies. The successful candidate will gain extensive experience conducting comparative research on local energy policy, as well as exposure to a variety of innovative approaches to local sustainability and energy efficiency.



  1. Assist with writing and editing the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard to be released mid-summer.
  2. Assist with developing a self-scoring tool adapted from the Scorecard methodology.
  3. Update ACEEE case studies and local energy efficiency policy toolkit posted on the ACEEE local policy webpages.
  4. Respond to informational requests regarding the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard and assist with ongoing outreach efforts to local stakeholders.
  5. Contribute to blog posts related to local energy efficiency policy.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, working towards an advanced degree in a relevant academic area.
  2. Interest in and familiarity with a range of energy efficiency policies and/or local level sustainability issues strongly preferred.
  3. Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills. Experience researching legislation and policy strongly preferred.
  4. Detail oriented with strong writing skills required.
  5. Self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple assignments (as needed), work efficiently, and meet deadlines.

How to Apply:  Please send a resume with cover letter and brief (1-2 pages) writing sample to Please use “Local Policy Intern” in the subject header. We do not accept calls about our internships. ACEEE is hiring several interns for the summer of 2013 in other program areas. We ask that you apply to only one, but your application may be considered for others based on your background and interests.

Contact Information:

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy,

529 14th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20045-1000

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