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Federal Affairs Intern – Washington DC

Organization: Solar Energy Industries Association

Position Title: Federal Affairs Intern

Location: Washington DC

Hours & Compensation: $15/day travel stipend; September 2 – December 20, 2013.

Application Deadline: August 23, 2013

Organization Overview:

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, dealers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants, and marketers. We work to expand the use of solar technologies in the global marketplace.


SEIA is looking for 2 government affairs interns. The ideal candidates will be available 20-40 hours per week, demonstrate an interest in energy and environmental policy, and possess strong writing skills. Candidates should also have an understanding of the legislative process, keep up with current events, and have the ability to multitask in a fast‐paced environment. Computer literacy (online research, familiarity with Word, Excel, etc.) is expected.

Interns at SEIA will have the opportunity to be a part of a fast-paced high-energy government affairs team and to participate in federal advocacy efforts on behalf of the solar energy industry. The interns will be involved in all aspects of SEIA’s government affairs agenda, including renewable electricity standards, public lands, transmission, tax policy, and appropriations. Those with a legal background can be expected to assist on regulatory filings and proceedings.

Experiences Offered:

  • Legislative, regulatory, economic, and policy research
  • Federal & Executive Government relations
  • Community and grassroots organizing
  • Coalition‐building
  • Member communication


Academic Majors: Graduate and Undergraduate students in political science/government, legal, economics, environmental studies or other related field.

How to Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to Heather Whitpan, at with the subject heading “Federal Affairs Internship”. Positions are open until filled.

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