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Dec 16 / BARD CEP

Policy Program Intern, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy – Washington, DC

Organization: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Position Title: Utilites, State, and Local Policy Program Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Dates and compensation: This is a 12-16 week internship starting in early January 2015 and may be extended into the summer. The project will require a time commitment of 20-40 hours/week.; This is a paid internship.

Application Deadline: Rolling

Description: ACEEE, a leading national nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., seeks an intern for its for its Utilities, State, and Local Policy Program. ACEEE act as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.

The intern will support ACEEE’s Utilities, State, and Local Policy Program providing assistance for energy efficiency policy research. For local policy, the intern’s primary task will be data collection and analysis for a report assessing the progress of U.S. and Canadian cities toward improving the energy performance of their local government, buildings sector and community as a whole. For state policy, the intern will provide research and administrative support for the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard and the State and Local Policy Database. Specifically, this position will support data collection efforts related to utility and state government programs. The intern may also contribute to other state policy work, including research on mature utility programs, on an as-needed basis.


  Collect city greenhouse gas or energy inventories, other energy performance data sets, and document the related goals set by these cities.

  Complete basic analysis of the findings from this research. Time permitting, the intern may also begin writing the performance assessment report and/or assisting in interview with city staff regarding efficiency strategies.

  Manage updates to database of state-led efficiency programs using publically available data.

  Assist with organization of utility data, including outreach to state contacts, as part of the State Scorecard.

  Contribute to research on high-performing utilities by gathering information on program offerings and achieved savings.

  Assist, as needed, with other administrative, research and outreach tasks related to state and 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-efficient technologies preferred, but not required.
  • Strong internet and interview-based research ability. Experience researching legislation and policy strongly preferred.
  • Experience with basic quantitative analysis, including experience working with large datasets in Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills required.
  • Self-motivation and 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 [email protected]. Please use “State and Local Policy Intern” in the subject header. We do not accept calls about our internships.

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