Bright Solar Futures Intern

Philadelphia Energy Authority

About the Philadelphia Energy Authority

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA), an independent municipal authority, is working to build a robust, equitable clean energy economy in Philadelphia. Chartered by City Council and the Mayor in 2010, PEA is a quasi-governmental entity based in City Hall. In 2016, in partnership with City Council President Darrell Clarke, PEA launched the Philadelphia Energy Campaign, a $1 billion, 10-year investment in energy efficiency and clean energy projects to create 10,000 jobs. Through 2023, PEA has helped launch over $900MM in projects and created 7000+ jobs. We focus on municipal assets, schools, low- and moderate-income housing, small businesses and commercial and industrial projects and programs. We view energy as a high impact tool for reducing poverty, improving education, strengthening communities and leveraging public investment.

Job Title: Bright Solar Futures Intern
Organization: Philadelphia Energy Authority
Location: Hybrid (Philadelphia), with some in-person collaboration at PEA’s City Hall office & site visits to Summer programs  throughout the City of Philadelphia
Type: Internship
Timeframe: May 2024 – August 2024
Compensation: Paid (8 – 10 weeks), 40 hrs/week, Travel Stipend
Application Deadline: Rolling, Through April 15, 2024
Reports to: Workforce Development Program Manager

Job Description

Interns are an integral part of the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA). You are critical to expanding our outreach and impact. The intern will be a detail-oriented team player with a high level of comfort managing multiple competing priorities and needs. The intern will support the PEA’s Workforce Development Unit’s planning and implementation of the Bright Solar Futures (BSF) Summer Program. In addition, the intern will work with the Workforce Development Coordinator’s responsibilities related to all Workforce Programs. Experience working with marginalized populations, workforce development, data collection, and/or community-based organizations would be beneficial. The intern must be comfortable interacting with and at times, directly supervising middle school and high school-aged students. This internship will provide the intern with practical experience in program strategy and coordination, development, problem-solving, and a greater understanding of solar energy in this clean energy space. The intern will be asked to support other programs or projects as needed. Specifically, the intern will:

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide supervision and instruction for small groups as instructed by Solar teacher
  • Provide daily onsite support of BSF program and program participants 
  • Provide ongoing assistance to program staff, program participants, and volunteers during programs
  • Oversee lunch and student breaks
  • Maintain the daily level of service and attendance reports
  • Provide leading support for field trip coordination & attend field trips
  • Assist with event planning and facilitation
  • Collect and submit timesheets from students to PEA
  • Liaise between the program staff, program participants,  and parents as instructed by the Solar teacher and PEA Staff
  • Curate pictures and stories of students, staff, special guests and events to highlight the program on social media outlets and PEA’s website. 
  • Provide administrative support to the Workforce Development team as needed
  • Support participant recruitment/enrollment 

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • A recent graduate from PEA’s  Bright Solar Futures or similar solar installer training program. or current undergrad and/or graduate student (preferred) with a concentration in Secondary Education, Psychology, Social Work, Urban Studies, or other familiar content areas.
  • A demonstrated interest in Philadelphia’s workforce development environment and youth development
  • Have a demonstrated interest in energy, sustainability, climate change, urban education, and/or other relevant topics.
  • A passion for Philadelphia and a desire to support diverse, marginalized communities with dignity and respect.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite and project and program management tools like
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, some experience with social media a plus.
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Strong written and interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized.
  • Must be collaborative and enjoy working with others.
  • Must be willing to complete background checks 
  • Must be willing to travel within the city of Philadelphia 

How to apply 

Please send (1) a resume and (2) a brief cover letter explaining why you’d be a good fit for the position to The subject line must include “[FirstName LastName] Bright Solar Futures Intern.” Incomplete applications will not be considered. Inquiries or clarifications must be submitted via email. 

The Philadelphia Energy Authority is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status.

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