Are you looking to learn more about how New York communities can access the benefits of solar power, and exploring career opportunities in this growing industry? Solar One’s Special Committees and Communications Internship program will give you first-hand experience in how to successfully engage New Yorkers with solar power and develop research strategies that will help you grow as a young professional.
● 6-month virtual internship program with 15-20 hours required a week
● Paid internship - $18/hr for undergraduate students, $20/hr for interns with a college degree or at least six months of full-time National Service
● Flexible schedule to accommodate for student classes
● Flexible start date: September 2020
● Students currently enrolled in a college or university within New York; or
● A New York State resident having attended a college or university within New York between 2019-2020
As a Special Committees and Communications Intern, you will be an integral member of Solar One’s Here Comes Solar team. You will receive mentorship from the Solar Outreach Associate and you will join HCS team meetings and be invited to Solar One internal and external events, providing you with broad exposure to Solar One’s work and expanding your professional network. You will receive training specific to the projects that you are working on from your supervisor, in addition to general training regarding solar technology, system design, economics, policy, installation/workforce, and more.
The solar industry has experienced rapid growth over the years not only in our country, but the world as a whole. Despite the success of solar, many New Yorkers, especially those in low-income communities, still face barriers in installing solar. Solar One is working to engage building owners, especially in underserved communities, about solar opportunities and our technical assistance program. With our program, we strive to create solutions that deconstruct those barriers, making solar installations accessible for all who qualify. This, along with community solar projects that allow New Yorkers to benefit from solar even if they rent, helps us to maximize the city’s efforts to reach its sustainability goals of renewable energy generation, and emissions reduction. As a Special Committees and Communications intern, you will be uniquely poised to not only engage New Yorkers about the benefits of solar power in their community, but also, research new ways for New York citizens and communities to take advantage of existing financial resources to help continue the growth of solar in New York.
This internship is currently planned to be a virtual internship, however, pending the public health situation, there may be optional opportunities for interns to visit completed solar installations or to shadow solar site assessments in New York City.
You can read more about our programs here: www.herecomessolar.nyc
● Educate New Yorkers about NYC- based solar initiatives, solar installations and Community Shared Solar projects through events, social media, and informational blog posts and follow up on interests through email correspondence and phone conversations
● Attend and participate in special committee meetings on programmatic improvements with Solar One staff
● As part of the special committees, research specific solutions to challenges New Yorkers face when going solar and help develop informational resources to educate the public as well as internal resource guides
● Attend weekly team meetings on Monday from 1-2PM
● Attend HCS events and meetings to provide support and contribute to projects and partnerships
● Provide ad hoc support to the Solar Outreach Associate, including research, analysis, writing and preparing presentations
● Participate in mentorship activities with supervisor and other Solar One staff
● Complete a culminating project that assists with the clarification and development of professional goals
● Strong knowledge of and/or interest in renewable energy, environmental justice, community organizing, and/or affordable housing.
● Eagerness to learn and apply new skills, and will be open to feedback and collaboration.
● Team player with a passion for Solar One’s mission of expanding access to clean energy, and a commitment to advancing that mission during the internship.
● Strong interpersonal, time management, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
● Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and proven ability to handle competing priorities.
● Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office and internet research.
Solar One is an equal opportunity employer. Solar One strives to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of renewable energy and resilience and people in a rapidly changing world. Solar One recruits and employs through a lens of equity and encourages people of all races, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law to apply.
Are you looking to learn more about how New York communities can access the benefits of solar power, and exploring career opportunities in this growing industry? Solar One’s Special Committees and Communications Internship program will…