Industrial Energy Efficiency Internship - Paid

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Washington, DC
Feb 27, 2017
Apr 01, 2017
Full Time

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., seeks an intern for its Industry Program to work in the areas of combined heat and power and industrial energy efficiency programs. ACEEE act as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.

Position Description:

The industrial sector consumes about one-third of all end-use energy in the United States and offers a significant opportunity to increase energy efficiency and achieve low-cost energy savings. Combined heat and power (CHP) is a highly efficiency method of generating electricity and thermal energy in a single system. It is commonly used in the industrial sector and is increasingly applied in institutional and commercial settings. The intern will work with members of the Industry team to participate in policy research related to the role of CHP in state energy efficiency programs and in utility resource planning activities. This will include data collection and writing assistance for ACEEE's State and Local Policy Database, State Energy Efficiency Scorecard and other forthcoming publications.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct state-by-state research on the presence of policies and programs impacting deployment of CHP.
  2. Collect data and write updates for ACEEE's State and Local Policy Database.
  3. Identify and analyze publicly available documentation of CHP in existing integrated resource planning documents.
  4. Collect data and support analysis of the role of utility-ownership of CHP in system planning and grid modernization proceedings.
  5. Contribute to the development of compelling graphics, maps, and other data visualizations.
  6. Coordinate activities such as scheduling and organizing meetings, managing contacts, and collecting and organizing information from stakeholders.


  1. Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, preferably working towards an advanced degree in policy analysis, energy, environmental studies, economics, or other relevant academic area,
  2. Interest in and familiarity with a range of energy efficiency and/or distributed generation policies preferred, but not required.
  3. Strong internet and interview-based research ability. Experience researching legislation and regulatory policy filings preferred.
  4. Strong writing, editing, and oral communication skills required.
  5. Ability to manage multiple assignments (as needed), work efficiently, and meet deadlines.


This internship could be conducted during the spring and/or summer semesters. The project will begin in March 2017 and will require a time commitment of not less than 4 months for 16 - 24 hours per week.

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