Internships: Programs | Alliance to Save Energy

Not all internships are available every term; please see current internship openings for the upcoming term.

Communications and Digital Content

The Communications and Digital Content intern will play a key role in the Alliance's online engagement strategies including generating media coverage, sending email alerts to activists, writing persuasive blog posts, participating in online social networks, and creating original web content. The ideal intern is a superb writer who communicates in a concise, accessible and persuasive manner. Duties include assisting with drafting, editing, and distributing press releases and statements using Vocus; creating content for Alliance social media platforms; assisting with coverage and social media at live events;  copyediting content before it goes online; and assisting with creating, managing and distributing online advocacy emails and alerts using Convio.

Grant Development

The Development intern is primarily responsible for supporting the activities of the Development team, including the Director of Development and the Development Associate. This individual identifies new sources of funding, tracks proposals through the development, award and reporting processes, and liaises with the Alliance project teams on development-related issues. This individual also assists the Development team in proposal preparation and administrative duties as assigned. Finally, this position has primary responsibilities for the annual Combined Federal Campaign. The Development intern must have superior organizational skills, excellent communication skills, sound judgment and must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with highly motivated staff in a rapidly growing mission-focused organization.

Education (Oakland, Calif.)

The California office's education intern will be involved in many aspects of the Green Campus and Green Schools programs. The intern will prepare materials and assist with logistics for meetings, workshops and conferences, review and revise website and print marketing materials, maintain organization of online databases and conduct research to support educational projects as needed. Candidates with knowledge of Microsoft Publisher, website maintenance, digital archiving and event planning are preferred.

Education (Washington, D.C.)

The Education internship provides an opportunity to be a part of two of the Alliance’s most successful programs – the PowerSave Schools and PowerSave Campus programs. The education intern will write articles for the monthly update newsletter, plan for PowerSave Schools workshops, implement ongoing plans to standardize the PowerSave Schools program nationally, and assist the education team in gathering research for major proposals. The education intern should have excellent writing and editing skills and have an interest in education.

Events & Marketing

The Events & Marketing intern will gain experience in large-scale event planning alongside the personable and knowledgeable Communications & Events team. The intern will support the Alliance's signature events including but not limited to the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner held in the fall and the Energy Efficiency Global Forum in the spring. Duties also include, but are not limited to, invitation list creation, speaker and sponsor management, event promotion, administrative logistics, attendee materials, and event execution. The ideal candidate is dynamic and ambitious with a strong interest and background in meeting/event coordination.

International Policy

The International Policy intern will work on a variety of international policy programs, but will focus heavily on supporting the implementation of the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity (GAEP).  The GAEP is a new Alliance initiative with a mission to secure policymaker and corporate commitments to double energy productivity (economic output per unit of energy consumed) by 2030 in India, the European Union, China and other countries.

Policy and Research

The Alliance’s Policy intern will work to further the Alliance’s mission of creating an energy efficient world via a bi-partisan, bi-cameral approach. The intern will conduct research and data collections on a wide range of topics, including: climate change, federal energy management, building energy codes, smart growth, vehicle fuel economy, and tax incentives, just to name a few. The intern will attend and cover Congressional hearings, track state and federal legislation, maintain contact information databases and provide support for advocacy work, including putting together information packets, drafting letters, and writing fact sheets and other documents. Experience on the Hill or a policy/energy background is preferred, but enthusiasm and genuine interest in energy policy can substitute for experience.

PowerSave Campus

The Alliance to Save Energy administers the PowerSave Campus Program, which features student interns on college campuses.  Teams of 3-6 students share an approximately full time equivalent position and are trained and paid to work on energy efficiency-themed projects.  These projects fall into four main areas: energy savings, academic infusion, outreach, and green workforce development.  They range from residence hall energy competitions, energy audit trainings, student-led courses, sustainability events, career panels, office energy assessments, and laboratory fume hood sash height reduction campaigns. The paid students work closely with campus stakeholders including energy or facilities managers, housing directors, dining directors, faculty members, and administration.  They also engage other for-credit students and volunteers to expand their reach to the campus community. More information about the PowerSave Campus Program can be found here.

Stakeholder Relations

The Stakeholder Relations intern should have an interest in fundraising and/or management of corporate client relations, as well as interest in learning about executive leadership.  The Stakeholder Relations team is responsible for raising more than $2M for the organization through our membership program and events, and the intern would help support each of these programs. The intern will also assist executive leadership when needed, including speech writing, travel plans, etc.