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Research Intern or Fellow

Employer
Energy Futures Initiative
Location
Washington, Ohio, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Oct 4, 2022

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Energy
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Internship, Fellowship
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Job Description
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 for fixed-term appointments.

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.

At this time, Interns and Fellows have the option to be completely remote if they are not in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
  • 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. 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. Fellowships are paid on an hourly basis at a base rate of $27/hr.


Research Interns and Fellows perform analysis under the oversight of the Deputy Director of Research 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
  • U.S. citizenship or authorization to reside and work in the United States
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19


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 recently 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
  • U.S. citizenship or authorization to reside and work in the United States
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19


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


Application Instructions

The application period is open ended, but preference will be given to candidates who can start as early as October 1, 2022.

In your cover letter, please state where you learned of this opportunity.

Statement on Diversity

Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. EFI is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

EFI is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans are encouraged to apply. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

If you need assistance or an accommodation for this job application due to a disability, you may contact us at info@energyfuturesinitiative.com.

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