Commercial Programs 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.

Title: Commercial Programs Intern
Organization: Philadelphia Energy Authority
Location: Hybrid (Philadelphia), in-person at Philadelphia City Hall and virtual
Type: Internship
Timeframe: June 2024 – August 2024 (8 – 10 weeks), 30 – 40 hrs/week
Application Deadline: Rolling, Through April 15, 2024
Reports to: Director of Commercial Programs

Job Description

Interns are an integral part of the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA). You are critical to expanding our outreach and impact. Under the supervision of PEA’s Director of Commercial Programs, the Intern will focus on market research, pipeline development and outreach, and program analysis in support of accelerating the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy in Philadelphia. Most of the Intern’s time will be spent supporting PEA’s commercial programs including C-PACE, Solarize Philly and Virtual Power Plant initiative. There may be additional opportunities to support municipal energy projects to increase the energy efficiency of City-owned buildings and procure renewable energy for City operations. 

Job Responsibilities

  • The Intern will work closely with PEA’s Commercial Programs team, other staff members and interns to:
    • Develop strategic plans, market analysis and research briefs for PEA’s commercial programs and present findings to PEA staff
    • Analyze key provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and develop recommendations as to how PEA can take advantage of them, respond to opportunities and educate the broader market
    • Perform program-related financial & sensitivity analyses to generate long-term program forecasts and evaluate risk
    • Use specialized apps to identify commercial properties which may benefit from energy efficiency and solar energy investments
    • Conduct marketing and outreach for PEA’s commercial programs and products to grow PEA’s C-PACE and commercial solar pipelines
    • Organize, analyze and research information in support of PEA’s procurement of  energy efficiency and renewable energy projects 
    • Prepare presentation materials, program documentation, application forms, and other written outputs for customer education and outreach
    • Attend industry and networking events hosted by various business and trade organizations

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student
  • A self-starter with strong communication and research skills 
  • Demonstrated interest in energy, sustainability, climate disruption, finance, advocacy, education, urban studies and/or other relevant topics
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following: commercial real estate, renewable energy and/or real estate development, financial modeling, entrepreneurship, research
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills 
  • Display maturity and a high level of professionalism 
  • Detail oriented and organized 
  • Ability to manage simultaneous projects/work streams, set priorities, and exercise independent judgment

The following past experience(s) would be advantageous:

  • Experience in finance, and/or real estate or energy project development
  • Experience in a company or club that is active in projects related to energy
  • Experience in a start-up or entrepreneurial environment

Additional Information

Interns are encouraged to pursue any applicable funding from their schools. If an accepted intern does not have access to outside funding, PEA will work with the intern to ensure compensation.

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] Commercial Programs 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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