Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Paid Summer Research Internship: Energy Transition Policy with Resources for the Future

Do you want to begin a career in academic or policy research? Are you interested in contributing to impactful, balanced research that is aimed at improving environmental, energy and natural resource decisions? A summer research internship with Resources for the Future (RFF) might be right for you. The RFF summer internship program provides an opportunity for students to prepare for careers that engage in academic and policy-relevant research. Interns are essential members of the Resources for the Future (RFF) Research and Policy Engagement team. They are responsible for providing technical support that, under the direction of RFF Fellows, allows for the production of compelling and impactful research that aligns with RFF’s mission of improving environmental, energy and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement.

Our research internships are a 10-week program paid at $15 an hour for up to 35 hours a week. They will be conducted virtually unless otherwise noted. Internships will run from June 7, 2021 to August 13, 2021. Start or end dates can be changed with an approved exception.

Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC. Our mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. We work with leading national and global partners—from technologists at NASA to climate scientists at our new European institute—to apply an economic lens to climate change and other global environmental and resource challenges of the 21st century. 

We are seeking an intern to support an ongoing project on Energy Transition Policy

The intern working on this project will contribute to RFF’s research on current and proposed transition policies that include, but are not limited to, decarbonization assistance programs in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, other policies that provide a foundation for transition initiatives (even if they are not explicitly linked to policy-induced energy transitions), and the public finance effects of an energy transition.

  • Education: Priority is given to candidates enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate program that is relevant to RFF’s research and mission. Highly motivated candidates in the social and natural sciences with training in economics and quantitative methods, or with a keen interest in public policy, are encouraged to apply.
  • Desirable Skills
    • Experience in literature review
    • Strong interest in transition policy issues
    • Strong information and data gathering skills
    • Strong writing and communication skills

To Apply

All applications must be submitted electronically. Please complete the application and provide a resume/cover letter, beginning the name of each file with your last name. Please include:

  • A cover letter that explains your interest in and how your qualifications match to the specific project
  • Resume summarizing your experiences and qualifications for the position
  • Copy of your post-secondary academic transcript(s) (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage)
  • The name, address, phone number and email information for three references
  • Apply on the RFF website.  For best consideration, apply by January 31.