NRDC is seeking an intern to work with its Energy and Transportation Team in NRDC’s Washington D.C. office. This internship will support NRDC’s work on a variety of research, analysis, advocacy, and writing activities nationally and in EEFA’s 13 states in order to advance the projects three main objectives which all contribute to the goal of boosting energy efficiency of affordable multifamily homes.
Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) is dedicated to linking the energy and housing sectors together in order to tap the benefits of energy efficiency for millions of low-income families. EEFA staff work with electric and gas utilities and their regulators interested in innovative energy efficiency program designs. We advise housing finance agencies on best practices in building owner engagement and finance products. We collaborate with owners, managers, businesses and advocates in order to achieve energy savings in multifamily properties. Our project is a partnership of the Energy Foundation, Elevate Energy, National Housing Trust and Natural Resources Defense Council.
After 4 years of successful policy advocacy, in 2018 EEFA is pivoting to work with state leaders and coalitions in our 13 states to track implementation of these policies and the utility and state agency programs they drive. This Intern will work with the staff of the national partners to research and assess tools for use in tracking performance. For example, our project team will develop metrics for measuring performance and vehicles for presenting this information in comparable and digestible formats such as dashboards on the EEFA and state coalition web sites.
At the heart of EEFA are state leaders and coalitions made up of national partner staff, 45 grantees and hundreds of volunteer collaborating individuals and organizations. These coalitions play a key role in tracking implementation and holding utilities and state agencies accountable for performance outputs and outcomes from their programs. Additionally, the coalitions themselves will continue to improve their performance by improving and sharpening strategies and workplans and building their membership via targeted enrollment of valuable allies. This is likely to entail some field travel to state capitals by this Intern in order to participate in coalition meetings and to help organize coalitions in collaboration with EEFA senior leads, regional coordinators and state coalition leaders.
Several important federal programs – such as the Low-Income Heating Assistance Program, the Weatherization Assistance Program and project-based rental assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development – deliver funding and programs that are crucial complements to the state and utility programs that EEFA has successfully advocated for expanding and improving since 2014. This Intern will work with EEFA’s federal defense team by drafting letters to Congress and fact sheets for state coalitions as well as helping to organize events and visits to sites where properties are being or have been improved by Members of Congress and their staff. This particular set of activities includes the opportunity to meet with Congressional offices along with EEFA federal defense team staff and state leaders.
In addition to outcomes to the elements above, the Intern will present on the findings of the Internship during a final presentation.
Interns will gain Improved knowledge of and expertise in data analysis, performance management, federal policy development and the ability to communicate effectively across disciplines.
This internship includes the potential for domestic travel in our focus areas.
Stanback Positions are only available to current or enrolled Duke University student for September 2018
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