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Policy Development Intern



27d ago

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  • Internship
    Off-cycle Internship
  • Business, Operations & Strategy
  • Albany
    New York City


  • Graduate-level candidate, studying policy, public or business administration, engineering, economics, labor relations, environmental science, or a related field of analytical study.
  • Familiarity with concepts related to clean energy and decarbonization. Experience with the buildings sector or workforce topics preferred.
  • Demonstrated aptitude in policy analysis, research (using primary and secondary sources), and technical writing.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • Skill in managing multiple activities, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Note: Applications without both a cover letter and a resume will not be considered.


  • Depending on the intern’s skill set and the team needs, responsibilities may include:
  • Develop memos, briefings, and internal resources on policy issues, including through synthesis of data and research from academic, government, national labs, and policy sources as well as comparative analysis of other state and federal programs and legislation.
  • Support analysis and conduct research on clean energy workforce topics, including for New York’s annual Clean Energy Industry Report, a statewide census of clean energy jobs and workforce assessment.
  • Assist with stakeholder engagement and public input processes informing policy and regulatory development.
  • Collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data about the costs and adoption of clean energy technologies, in particular for the buildings, industrial, and transportation sectors. This may include helping to develop modeling assumptions for NYSERDA’s analytic models.
  • Assist with development of analytic studies and policy and planning reports.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Advancing clean energy innovation and investments to combat climate change and improve the health & prosperity of NYers.

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Mission & Purpose

Clean energy can power New York while protecting the environment. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. These efforts are key to developing a less polluting and more reliable and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. Collectively, NYSERDA’s efforts aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate economic growth, and reduce customer energy bills. NYSERDA works with stakeholders throughout New York including residents, business owners, developers, community leaders, local government officials, university researchers, utility representatives, investors, and entrepreneurs. NYSERDA partners with them to develop, invest, and foster the conditions that: ✅ Attract the private sector capital investment needed 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 from energy efficiency and renewable energy Governed by a 13-member Board, NYSERDA has provided objective information and analysis, technical expertise, and support in New York State since 1975. Our Vision: New York is a global climate leader building a healthier future with thriving communities; homes and businesses powered by clean energy; and economic opportunities accessible to all New Yorkers. Our Mission: Advance clean energy innovation and investments to combat climate change, improving the health, resiliency, and prosperity of New Yorkers and delivering benefits equitably to all. Our Promise: NYSERDA provides resources, expertise, and objective information so New Yorkers can make confident, informed energy decisions.