Workforce Development 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: Workforce Development Intern
Organization: Philadelphia Energy Authority
Location: Primarily Hybrid (Philadelphia), with some in-person collaboration at PEA’s City Hall office, potential site visits to Philadelphia-based programs and employer sites.
Type: Internship with possibility of permanent internship
Timeframe: May 2024 – August 2024
Compensation: Paid (8 – 10 weeks), 40 hrs/week
Application Deadline: Rolling, through April 15, 2024
Reports to: Director of Workforce Initiatives

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 and organized 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 ongoing outreach and engagement to the business community to help identify internship and employment opportunities for participants who have completed PEA workforce training programs and to meet the criteria of several workforce grants. The intern will be integral in assisting the Employer Outreach & Career Coordinator w/employer tracking and follow up.

In addition, the intern will assist with the Workforce Development Coordinator’s responsibilities related to all Workforce Programs. Experience working with marginalized populations, workforce services, data collection, and/or community-based organizations will be very beneficial. This internship will provide the intern with practical experience in program strategy and coordination, development, problem-solving, business outreach and engagement 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.

Job Responsibilities

  • Employer Engagement via email and telephone follow-up
  • Support the Employer Outreach & Career Coordinator with participant coordination and interviews
  • Support employer data tracking in
  • Assist with event planning and facilitation
  • 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
  • Provide ongoing assistance to program staff, students, and volunteers during programs

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Graduate student (preferred) or current undergrad with a concentration in Social Work, Communications, Environmental Studies, Urban Studies, or other familiar content areas.
  • A demonstrated interest in Philadelphia’s workforce development ecosystem servicing individuals of varying ages.
  • 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 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
  • 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] Workforce Development Intern.” 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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