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ACORE Internship Program

Internship applications are welcome from students and recent graduates who are committed to making renewable energy the focus of their career paths.

Intern program participants engage in research, writing and cross-departmental assistance based on their interests and ACORE's current needs. A major activity during ACORE internship is the development and presentation of an individual research project. This project focuses the intern's attention and knowledge on a particular facet of the renewable energy industry, preparing them to seek a job in that area. Interns work on their papers by researching a topic of their choosing and interviewing members of the renewable energy sector, as well as potential employers, through personal introductions by ACORE staff and ACORE networking opportunities.

Interns support the ACORE departments listed below:

  • Events
    Assist with event planning, marketing and promotional partnership efforts that underpin
    our premier renewable energy finance and policy conferences.
  • Communications
    Support our role as “the business voice for renewable energy” via web content development,
    event promotion, social media management, earned media outreach and industry
    collaboration activities.
  • Corporate Relations
    Gain first-hand knowledge of the renewable energy sector and valuable experience in non
    profit membership management, sales, and business development.
  • Policy & Programs
    Support the policy and programs teams in their efforts to advocate for effective renewable
    energy and finance policies.

Application Process

Please submit a resume and cover letter to In your cover letter, let us get to know you by explaining what you would like to gain from an ACORE internship, why you want to pursue a career in the renewable energy industry, and what kind of career paths are of interest to you. Please indicate particular ACORE department(s) for which you are applying.

Intern Session Timelines

Spring Session [January-April] 2018; apply by November 17, 2017
Summer Session [May-August] 2018; apply by March 9, 2018
Fall Session [September-December] 2018; apply by July 13, 2018


Who should apply? Internship applications are welcome from rising seniors, new graduates and graduate students personally committed to making renewable energy the focus of their future career. We welcome applications from many majors, and from all U.S. universities. Please note that ACORE does not assist with obtaining visas to work/study in the U.S.

Where will you intern? Internships are based in our Washington, DC office on K Street. Remote or web-based internships are not available.

What is expected of you as an ACORE intern? As an ACORE intern you expected to work with ACORE staff to identify, define and pursue a project of interest that will form the core content of you work at ACORE. Some interns know what project they want to pursue before starting; others define the project after arriving at ACORE. The core project is designed to help you gain specialized knowledge in one area of the renewable energy industry. Most interns will spend 25-50% of their total time at ACORE focused on their core project. In addition to the project, you are expected to delve into the information resources provided to you by ACORE staff to gain a broad based understanding of the industry.

In the space of networking and industry exploration, you are expected to take advantage of all opportunities to attend lectures, briefing, and conferences and networking events to gain a broader understanding of the numerous organizations and viewpoints in the space. Keeping your job search in mind, you will be expected to work out a personal informational interviewing plan, identifying individuals working in your areas of career interest, to gain a better understanding of future opportunities. Lastly, as a team player in a fast-paced office, we hope you are willing to pitch in with tasks such as stuffing envelopes or working conferences with the rest of the ACORE team, when that kind of work is necessary.

Are the internships full-time or part-time? Internships are customized to individual interns' schedules. Most internships are 2 or 3 full days per week for 3 to 4 months. Based on your individual academic schedule and availability, full time internships are available. The internship program is unpaid. Many participants who are not currently enrolled in school choose to work part-time alongside a part-time internship.

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ACORE Summer Interns 2017

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