Policy & Partnership Intern (graduate)

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: Policy & Partnerships Intern (Graduate Student)
Organization: Philadelphia Energy Authority
Location: Hybrid (Philadelphia), with opportunities for in-person collaboration at our office at 1400 JFK Blvd (City Hall), Room 566, Philadelphia or on site within Philadelphia as necessary
Type: Internship
Timeframe: June 2024 – August 2024 (8-10 weeks), 30 – 40 hrs/wk
Application Deadline: Rolling, Through April 15, 2024
Reports to: Senior Policy 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 support PEA’s Policy team in the implementation of a strategic plan to maximize Philadelphia’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funding potential. This includes tracking and summarizing all federal climate funding opportunities, mapping funding opportunities to existing and future projects and programs, assisting with the development and implementation of projects and programs that leverage federal funding, and coordinating with consultants and key partners. As there is opportunity, the intern may also support state and local policy efforts, especially as they relate to federal funding opportunities. 

Job Responsibilities

The Intern will work closely with the PEA’s Policy team to:

  • Understand the basic details and value of current IRA opportunities for PEA’s projects and programs that support a clean energy transition in the residential, commercial, municipal, industrial and workforce sectors. 
  • Communicate details of the IRA to internal and external audiences via memos, blogs, presentations, and other written and verbal formats. Observe and support state and local policy efforts, especially where they intersect with federal funding opportunities.
  • Prepare presentation materials, fact sheets, program documentation, application forms, and other written outputs for stakeholder knowledge-sharing


Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Current graduate student
  • Have a demonstrated interest in environmental justice, public policy, energy, sustainability, climate change, and/or other relevant topics
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Display maturity and a high level of professionalism
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Must be collaborative and enjoy working with others
  • Must have access to a private computer and phone, and ability to travel to Philadelphia City Hall on occasion. 

Additional Information

This position is not funded. Interns are encouraged to pursue any applicable funding from their schools or external sources. 

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 jobs@philaenergy.org. The subject line must include “[FirstName LastName] Policy & Partnerships 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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