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City Energy Project Intern

City Energy Project Intern

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US-CA-San Francisco
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Healthy People and Thriving Communities [403000]

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The City Energy Project ( is a unique national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Cities want to work to create more sustainable urban communities but often lack the funding and resources to make the changes they envision. Working in partnership, the participating twenty cities and the Project support solutions that cut energy waste, boost local economies, and reduce harmful pollution. In particular, NRDC and our partner organization, Institution for Market Transformation, assist mayoral offices with developing and advocating for policy as well as implementing innovative city programs to advance energy efficiency. City Energy Project is part of NRDC’s Healthy People, Thriving Communities program. Compensation for this internship will be a $6000.00 stipend.



  • Conduct research on a wide range of needed topics including building energy policies, utility regulations, national energy efficiency initiatives and programs
  • Work closely with city staff in City Energy Project cities on their energy efficiency plans
  • Draft public-facing resources such as factsheets, reports, blog posts, website content
  • Draft and edit City Energy Project resources on program design
  • Analyze energy use data or city building data as needed


  • Minimally, must be a rising senior in college; graduate students also encouraged to apply
  • Superior research, data synthesis, and analysis skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated interest in urban sustainability, environmental, energy, buildings, and/or equity issues is a plus.
  • Additional consideration will be given to candidates who show demonstrable experience in communicating scientific and/or technical information (oral and/or written) to non-technical audiences and/or have experience and knowledge of building energy efficiency policies and programs.
  • Basic competency in Excel