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New York State Energy Research and Development Aut Energy & Climate Equity Intern in Albany, New York

New York is leading the nation in the fight on global climate change and the transition to a clean energy-powered economy. The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) ( has created the most aggressive climate change goals in the nation and requires an ambitious agenda that blends proven catalysts with innovative approaches while operating across a broader energy arena that is rapidly evolving. New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a driving force in realizing this agenda. NYSERDA works with stakeholders that span residents, business owners, developers, community leaders, local government officials, universities, utilities, investors, entrepreneurs, and more, to develop, invest, and foster conditions that:

  • Attract the private sector capital investment needed to expand New York’s clean energy economy.

  • Overcome barriers to using clean energy at a large-scale in New York.

  • Enable New York’s communities and residents to benefit equitably from energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Internship Overview

This is a paid internship for current students at an accredited college. The pay rate is from $15 to $18 per hour based on current class year. This internship will begin in the Fall 2023 semester and continue to Summer 2024 or Fall 2024.

Interns must be located in New York State while working. It is expected that interns will follow our telework policy, with a combination of in-office and remote work. Interns work up to 18.5 hours per week during the semester, and up to 37.5 hours per week between semesters, when not attending classes.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Perform analytic, research, administrative, and other functions necessary to support the implementation of a new initiative focused on disadvantaged communities.

  • Budget tracking.

  • Research the market for data and perform analysis.

  • Coordination between NYSERDA teams and initiatives (e.g., community campaigns).

  • Contribute to the administration of one or more taskforces or advisory groups.

  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current student at an accredited college.

  • Excellent skills with the Microsoft Office suite of programs, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Demonstrated ability to research primary and secondary sources.

  • Skill in managing multiple activities, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment.

  • Strong professional work ethic.

  • Ability to think critically and problem solve.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team and be a self-starter.