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2021 Research Fellowship/Internship

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Energy Futures Initiative
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Washington, DC

Energy Futures Initiative


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Published 14 days ago

February 12, 2021

Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) Inc. is a nonprofit clean energy think tank dedicated to advancing technically grounded solutions to climate change through evidence-based analysis, thought leadership, and coalition-building. As part of its policy analysis and public education mission, EFI supports an on-going program of Research Fellows and Interns. The purpose of this program is to provide early career clean energy analysts with practical work experience to supplement their academic training. EFI is currently searching for professional, highly motivated, and detail-oriented Research Fellows and Interns to join our research team.


Research Fellows and Interns primarily do research, analysis, writing, data collection, and visualization development for clean energy analytical and policy development projects. The specific nature of the work for both Research Interns and Fellows varies depending on the project, their level of experience, and will include support for public-policy focused efforts of the Energy Futures Initiative and the more traditional consulting relationships for EJM Associates. EJM Associates LLC is a strategic consulting firm that helps clients navigate the transition to a global clean energy economy by advising on a range of energy policy, innovation, and security issues.


  • Research Interns: EFI offers internships to individuals who are pursuing or who have completed an undergraduate degree in a field relevant to EFI's work. Internships are typically for a semester and interns are non-exempt employees and may be full time (40 hours/week) or part time. Interns also do communications and logistical work on an ad hoc basis, usually tasks directly related to research or work products. Interns also assist in office-wide administrative tasks. Research interns are typically individuals who are seeking work experience to augment their academic training. Internships are paid on an hourly basis at a base rate of $20/hr.


  • Research Fellows: EFI offers research fellowships to individuals who are pursuing or have completed an advanced degree (post undergraduate) in a field relevant to EFI's work. A Fellow may also have some project management responsibilities, including coordinating with project partners and sponsors, communicating with outside experts on project-related matters, and ensuring principals are up to date on key project updates. Fellowships are offered for a fixed term (typically a semester or aligned with a specific project duration). Fellows are nonexempt employees and are paid on an hourly basis. Fellows may be full time (40 hours/ week) or part time. Compensation for fellows is based on years of post-undergraduate education relevant to EFI’s work and relevant experience. Fellowships are paid on an hourly basis at a base rate of $22/hr.


Interns and Research Fellows perform analysis under the oversight of a senior EFI Manager or other designated member of the organization. Research Fellows and Interns work individually and in teams to conduct research and fact-finding missions before consolidating the results into analyses that are complete, accurate, and cogent. They both may participate in meetings to brainstorm analysis, maintain situational awareness, and discuss research design, direction, and strategy. Both occasionally attend outside events and conferences on behalf of the organization. Their analysis is used internally (e.g. discussions, memos) or for external audiences (e.g. public reports, proposals, work products for clients, presentations). It is important for Fellows and Interns to stay up-to-date on events and trends in the energy and climate arenas.


Research Interns

Time Breakdown

·      Individual research, writing, data visualization, etc.: 60%

·      Research planning and meetings: 20%

·      Communications: 15%

·      Administrative: 5%

Desired Skills

·      Qualitative and quantitative data analysis

·      General skill with internet-based research

·      Experience with technical and scientific writing

·      Strong interpersonal and communication skills

·      Proficiency with Microsoft Office

·      Experience with graphic design and data visualization (e.g. Tableau)

Qualifications

·      Some limited work and/or study on analytical issues related to energy and/or decarbonization

·      Bachelor’s degree (or in process) in environmental science, climate science, public policy, engineering, economics, or related field

·      Baseline knowledge of energy systems, climate policy, and related topics



Research Fellows

Time Breakdown

  • Individual research, writing, data visualization, etc.: 70%
  • Administrative: 15%
  • Communications: 10%
  • Research planning and meetings: 5%

Desired Skills/Experience

  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Strong Internet-based research
  • Experience with technical and scientific writing
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Data modeling of the energy sector
  • Economic analysis in the energy sector
  • Graphic design and data visualization (e.g. Tableau)

Qualifications

  • 1- 5 years of work and/or study on analytical issues related to energy and/or decarbonization
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, climate science, public policy, engineering, economics, or related field
  • Pursuing or have completed an advanced degree (post undergraduate) in environmental science, climate science, public policy, engineering, economics, or related field
  • Baseline knowledge of energy systems, climate policy, and related topics


Our Culture

EFI is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination, based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or citizenship status.

Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) Inc. is a nonprofit clean energy think tank dedicated to advancing technically grounded solutions to climate change through evidence-based analysis, thought leadership, and coalition-building. As part of…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Hourly

How to Apply

Application Materials

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample (5-10 pages)


Application Instructions

  • Send applications to info@energyfuturesinitiative.org. The application period is open ended, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis as openings are available.
  • In your cover letter, please state where you learned of this opportunity.
  • Please write “[LAST NAME] – Research Fellowship” or “[LAST NAME] – Research Internship” in the subject line.

Application Materials

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample (5-10 pages)


Application Instructions

Location

900 17th Street Northwest, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20006

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