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School Bus Electrification Intern

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  • Architecture & Urban Planning
  • Washington, DC


  • Pursuing or completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in transportation planning, environmental studies, urban studies, clean energy, public policy, or a related field.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Demonstrated competence in written and interpersonal communications.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research and analysis, including data collection and database management.
  • Project management skills, including organization and communication.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with or extracurricular interest in electric vehicles, sustainable transportation and land use, clean energy or similar.
  • Experience related to electric vehicles, transportation planning, sustainability, charging infrastructure, clean energy, public policy, or another relevant field.
  • Experience working with educational institutions, utilities, government agencies, manufacturing companies, electric vehicle groups, community-based nonprofits, or environmental justice groups.
  • Experience with stakeholder engagement or facilitation.


  • As a School Bus Electrification Intern, you will report to the Manager for Technical Assistance and Policy Implementation and play a key role on the Technical Assistance team within WRI’s Electric School Bus Initiative. You will interact with stakeholders involved in the electrification of the U.S. school bus fleet — including school districts, vehicle manufacturers and other relevant vendors, state and local officials and nonprofit organizations — to ensure that school districts have the resources, tools and guidance needed to successfully adopt and operate electric buses. You will engage in research and analysis, including stakeholder interviews, to inform technical assistance on topics such as stakeholder mapping, community engagement, electric vehicle funding and procurement, charging infrastructure, fleet planning and operations and workforce development. You will support the development of external-facing knowledge products, communications materials, presentations, and other resources. You may assist with planning and logistics for workshops, conferences, webinars, or other events.
  • Internship Learning Outcomes:
  • Conducting research and analysis related to the adoption and operation of electric school buses, including collecting, and organizing data from various sources.
  • Understanding the complex relationships and coordination required to support school bus electrification.
  • Engaging with public and private sector stakeholders involved in school bus electrification during meetings, working groups, interviews and events.
  • Contributing written and graphic content to publications, reports, and presentations, including case studies on school districts electrifying their school bus fleets.
  • Assisting team members with efforts to support states’ and school districts’ implementation of policies and programs related to electric school buses.
  • The intern will gain experience in the following areas:
  • Frequent engagement with subject matter experts.
  • Technical research and writing, including publishing your work on our website.
  • Electric transportation technology deployment.
  • Technical assistance and stakeholder engagement.
  • Project management in a professional setting


What will be the main responsibilities of the School Bus Electrification Intern?

The main responsibilities of the School Bus Electrification Intern include conducting research and analysis, engaging with stakeholders involved in school bus electrification, contributing to publications and presentations, assisting with policy implementation, and supporting workshops and events.

What are the internship learning outcomes for this position?

The internship learning outcomes include conducting research and analysis related to electric school buses, understanding stakeholder coordination for electrification efforts, engaging with public and private sector stakeholders, contributing to written and graphic content, and supporting policy implementation efforts.

What experience or qualifications are required for this internship?

The ideal candidate for this internship will be pursuing or have completed a degree in a related field, have fluency in English, possess strong communication skills, demonstrate research and analysis skills, have project management abilities, show familiarity with electric vehicles and sustainability, and have experience working with relevant stakeholders in the field.


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