Total Energy Transformation

The Energy Action Network (EAN) is pleased to announce our 2020 Summer Internship Program.  Applications are now being accepted for college and graduate-school students excited to help achieve Vermont’s goal to reach 90% renewable energy by 2050, while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions in ways that ensure an equitable, thriving, and sustainable future for Vermonters.

EAN is a mission-driven, non-profit organization founded in 2012 to serve as a backbone organization for a broad and diverse network of members who are committed to helping Vermont achieve aggressive climate, clean energy, and energy justice goals and aspirations.  EAN’s work is done in a “collective impact” framework, supported by a Board of Directors and core staff.  Serving as a Summer Intern will provide an exciting and impactful opportunity to engage with and help inform the future actions of climate, clean energy, sustainability, and energy justice advocates and leaders throughout the state.

Internship Areas of Focus  

Each Summer Intern will develop and carry out a defined research, writing, and/or social media project directly related to the ongoing work of EAN.  Applicants are encouraged to review the EAN website and the 2019 Annual Progress Report and are encouraged to propose your key areas of interest and one or more possible projects for your internship.  Examples of possible internship projects are provided below. They are illustrative only.  Other creative and impactful suggestions are welcome as well.

  • Research and write a series of case studies describing energy policies and initiatives in other states addressing the issue of energy inequity. Develop suggestions for policies and initiatives that could address energy inequity in rural and aging Vermont.  Publish and disseminate the case studies to key clean energy and energy justice influencers and thought leaders in Vermont.
  • Analyze the costs of thermal (heating) and transportation energy by income quintile in Vermont, working with a variety of network partners to obtain the data needed from multiple sources to complete the analysis. Prepare and deliver a Power Point presentation to network partners, sharing results and implications of the analysis.
  • Write, edit, and produce a series of 5-minute videos highlighting key findings in the 2019 Annual Progress Report. Develop and help implement a statewide dissemination strategy.
  • Design and implement a “network asset mapping” project that documents the breadth and depth of expertise and areas of interest and impact by Network Members. Compile and present the results in a user-friendly format, to be developed with the guidance and input of EAN staff.

The final area of focus for each internship will be determined during the selection and interview process, prior to the start of each internship.

Work Environment

Typically, EAN operates out of our office on State Street in Montpelier.  However, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, all staff are currently working remotely and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Team Engagement

Both interns will be mentored and supported by Christine Donovan, an EAN Senior Fellow and former Board Member.  This will be supplemented by periodic team engagement and interaction with: Jared Duval, Executive Director and Carolyn Wesley, Network Manager.

At least 3 one-hour Zoom teleconferences will be held with the interns each week.  This will help ensure the interns are welcomed into EAN, experience thoughtful and substantive discussions and interactions with Christine and staff, and enjoy a sense of teamwork and engagement during their internships.  In addition, Christine will be available via cell phone for consultation, brainstorming, etc. at any time during normal business hours.  Christine will engage Jared and Carolyn as appropriate.

Summer Intern Qualifications

  • College or Graduate School Student, enrolled in higher education for at least the last two years
  • GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Demonstrated research, writing, and verbal communication skills
  • Successful experience working independently and producing pre-determined final products on time and with a high-level of professionalism
  • Passion for helping lead the transition to a clean energy, decarbonized economy
  • Prior course work, internships, or employment in energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean transportation, or related sustainability issues
  • Reliable access to the internet as well as access to a personal computer and/or laptop
  • Proficient with WORD, Excel, Power Point, YouTube, and other forms of social media

Application Process and Schedule

Please send a cover letter, a resume, 3 references, and a 3-to-5 page writing sample by Sunday, May 31 to: Christine Donovan at ctdonovan@aol.com Interviews will be conducted via Zoom between Wednesday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 10.  All applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, June 12.

Stipend

A $3,000 stipend is available for each of two Summer Interns for an 8-week, 25 hour per week internship beginning June 15 and ending August 7.

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