As an intern in the energy policy issue area, you will report directly to Kim VanWyhe, the Director of Energy Policy at the American Action Forum. Kim previously worked for the Alaska State Legislature as a legislative Aide working on energy policy tax reform and for the Cohen Group, an international business consulting firm where she served on a number of energy related client teams. Kim graduated from St. Johns University in New York with a degree in Political Science and received her MBA in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management from where she also holds a certificate in Global Oil and Gas Management.
Kim regularly critiques administration actions related to energy policy and works closely with a number of her colleagues to produce timely and relevant analysis on pertinent energy related topics. Her work reflects current challenges unique to the energy space, and dedicates considerable time to hot button issues, including “fracking,”, export/import policy, carbon tax, the Clean Power Plan, the coal moratorium, federal overreach, and the Renewable Fuel Standards to name a few. An example of her ongoing work is a multi-part series on the crude oil export control ban as well as up to date analysis on the Iran sanctions and the impact on U.S production and a continuing series on oil and gas prospects in the arctic. Kim encourages new ideas and ways to improve upon existing policy and is looking for someone who can think creatively, qualitatively and quantitatively in the energy sector.
This is an ever-evolving policy area at the Forum. As such, you will work with Ms. VanWyhe to craft projects that will give the Forum the most cogent voice in the energy/environment policy space. Potential projects include:
Addressing the policy shift required by newly recognized energy abundance
Determining the relative safety of various energy transportation options
Defining an appropriate export strategy for energy commodities
Compiling data on successfully permitted energy projects
Tracking federal energy statistics
Critiquing the administration’s regulatory strategy
Composing issue briefs on emerging areas of energy/environmental policy
As part of the internship, your responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
Research assistance: Interns will provide research assistance and data collection for their issue area director when in the office
Event attendance: Interns will attend Capitol Hill hearings, private speaker events, and events held by other DC think tanks to analyze and report on the information presented
Forum event support: Interns will help promote, run, and evaluate all Forum events
Semester project: Interns will become experts on a topic of their choice as reflected in a project to be completed by the end of the semester. Issue area directors will assist the interns with their research and writing. Though research papers are the most popular approach, alternative semester projects will be considered, should you be interested.
Hours and Compensation
Interns must be available for 20 to 29 hours per week
Interns will be provided an hourly wage to cover transportation and living expenses
Interns will be responsible for bringing their own computer/equipment
Excellent writing ability and communication skills
An interest in understanding energy and environment policy and politics
Familiarity with data analysis in excel
Background in political science, natural sciences, writing, or philosophy desired