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Fellowships Available for Clean Energy Non-Profits – Summer 2014-Washington, DC.

Organization: Biomass Thermal Energy Council

Position Title: Fellowships Available for Clean Energy Non-Profits

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: 40 hours/week. Stipend of $500/month

Application Deadline: May 30, 2014


Internship Description:

Interested in gaining experience in the clean energy field? Want to get firsthand exposure to organizations leading the way towards a clean energy economy? Technology Transition Corporation (TTC) has several fellowship positions available in its Clean Energy Fellowship Program ( for its non-profit clean energy associations beginning in April 2014.

TTC ( provides advocacy and consulting services to the renewable and clean energy industries. Since 1986, we have partnered with companies and built coalitions to advance the development of energy technologies. Our clients include Fortune 100 corporations, start-ups, leading universities, and government agencies.

TTC Clean Energy Fellows are typically qualified college-level, graduate students, and recent graduates but can also include individuals looking to expand their knowledge in the clean energy sector. You can expect to develop significant experience in a broad array of clean energy technologies and industries by becoming immediately in the programs TTC manages to advance the use of clean energy. The fellowships include Policy & Government Affairs and Communications & Outreach opportunities with TTC’s client organizations.


1) Policy and Government Affairs

TTC has a Policy/Government Affairs positions available for its clients for researching, monitoring, and reporting on renewable energy legislation and regulations at the federal, state and regional level. The position requires the candidate be familiar with a variety of online resources, databases, and news sources to research proposals and developments that impact renewable energy markets. The individuals may also be asked to reach out to state agencies in collection of data. Some membership and potential member interaction may also be assigned.

The Policy/Government Affairs fellowship position supports the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) (65%) and Renewable Energy Markets Association (REMA) (35%). Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Researching, monitoring, and reporting on renewable energy legislation and regulations at the federal, state and regional level.
  • Research proposals and developments that impact renewable energy markets.
  • Reach out to state agencies in collection of data.
  • Attend relevant Congressional hearings related to biomass legislation and report to staff the results of those hearings.
  • Assist association members in arranging meetings with state and local officials.
  • Update website with factsheets, presentations, and social media postings.
  • Provide administrative support on conference calls (e.g. taking minutes and follow-up actions).

The ideal candidate should have excellent research, writing, and communication skills. A political science background is desired.

2) Communications and Outreach

TTC has two fellowship positions available in Communications and Outreach.

The first fellowship supports the American Biogas Council (ABC) (75%), and Total Energy USA Conference & Expo (25%), in support of membership development, database updating, communications, and meeting preparations. This position requires the candidate have strong marketing and communication skills. The ideal candidate should also have familiarity with sustainable agricultural and/or wastewater treatment practices.

ABC Responsibilities include:


  • Draft, layout and distribute semi monthly Biogas News (ABC’s electronic newsletter)
  • Membership relations (approach industry leaders for information and respond to inquiries by fielding questions to appropriate staff or answer them directly)
  • Market biogas events through email and biogas industry partners
  • Speaker management for ABC webinars and workshops
  • Update and distribute ABC marketing materials to members who are traveling to and speaking at biogas industry events


  • Development of brand new U.S. database of operational biogas projects and associated maps and online tools for systems on farms, at wastewater facilities, landfills and other generators of organic waste.
  • Member recruitment
  • Semi-monthly webinars and workshops at industry events
  • Biogas News
  • Project with Water Environment Federation on biogas systems at wastewater treatment facilities


  • Proficiency with database management for U.S. operational digester database
  • Proficiency with MS Excel
  • Experience with the analysis of data to create fact sheets, tools and/or educational resources preferred
  • Science or technical background preferred
  • Must be able to comfortably and confidently approach senior industry executives by phone and in person. (We work with senior leaders in hundreds of organizations from start-ups to federal government leaders and executives in multi-national corporations like GE, Waste Management, Toyota and Shell. You will be new to our team and we expect you to integrate quickly to become a part of our team and be comfortable picking up the phone or beginning conversations with these individuals regarding key issues we’re working on.)

Total Energy USA Responsibilities Include:

  • Development of Conference speaker invitations.
  • Maintenance of Contact database.
  • Keep track of speaker acceptances and regrets.
  • Assist senior staff in preparation of Executive Committee materials ahead of meetings and conference calls.

The second Communications and Outreach position supports senior staff to plan and execute several events and activities of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC). Events include, but are not limited to conferences supported by BTEC, Council meetings, and upcoming webinars. The position requires the candidate be able to communicate effectively with volunteer members of various event organizing committees and reach out to BTEC members to coordinate association functions in conjunction with those events. Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Arrange and participate in Steering Committee, Program, and other planning calls. Follow up on action items resulting from those calls.
  • Help develop marketing messaging and strategies and assist in their implementation.
  • Work with senior staff to prepare materials to distribute at events, including promotional literature and member information.
  • Assist in designing member meet-and-greet functions in conjunction with events and work with Conference organizers to ensure available space and accommodations.
  • Communicate with members and prepare information related to upcoming BTEC-sponsored webinars.


All 3 positions will become available beginning in April and are tentatively scheduled to end in mid-August 2014. Extensions are possible and determined by performance and needs. College student applicants are asked to provide dates of availability in cover letters.


TTC is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. Through the term, we are closed on Memorial Day (May 26) and Independence Day.


  • Ability to work well within a team structure
  • Enthusiasm
  • Dependability


  • Great office location, 10 minutes from the White House
  • Ability to accommodate university class schedule
  • Networking opportunities with potential employers
  • Possible credit earned towards one’s college degree

How to apply:

Email with your cover letter and resume to the attention of Brian Schorr, Director of Operations. Include “Policy” in the subject line for the first position description and Communications and Outreach for the second position description. Policy applications will be considered for either position unless one is specifically requested by the applicant.



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