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Program Manager

Position Title: Program Manager

Department: Programs

Reports to: Vice President for Programs


Position Description

ACORE seeks a Program Manager to support the management of ACORE programs and develop work products and analysis related to U.S. renewable energy markets, finance and investment. The ideal candidate will have experience in the renewable energy sector, be a strong writer and analyst, and be able to support multiple ongoing projects that engage diverse stakeholders.



  • Develop high-quality written materials, including reports, analyses, presentations, and blogs in coordination with both internal and external experts
  • Assist with organizing programs for signature events, member meetings and webinars, including agenda development, speaker selection and coordination, and other support
  • Stay abreast of renewable energy markets, project finance, and investment trends, and act as a point of contact for related internal and external inquiries
  • Support day-to-day program/project implementation: note and track follow-up items, manage deliverables, flag issues, and coordinate with internal staff, members, and external partners as appropriate
  • Help manage member engagement for the Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (PREF), an executive program focused on capital formation and investment in the renewable sector
  • Work with the Vice President for Programs to develop program work plans, and introduce creative ideas and approaches for consideration
  • Assist in the identification of prospective partners, members, and sponsors that support programmatic activities
  • Support other tasks as assigned

Required Skills/Knowledge 

  • Excellent verbal, research and writing skills, and the ability to transfer findings into effective written reports and briefs
  • Solid understanding of U.S. renewable energy markets (particularly solar, wind and energy storage), including knowledge of sector investment and project finance; renewable energy buyers and offtake contracts; and the impact of public policy and market design on sector growth
  • Fluency and comfort with applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Highly organized and a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, partners, and other companies
  • Collaborative and collegial work style

Educational/Work Requirements      

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably related to energy, finance, business administration, or public policy
  • A minimum of 4 years of work experience as a program associate, manager and/or research analyst, preferably in the energy sector


Application Instructions



ACORE is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.



Founded in 2001, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is a 501 (c)(3) national non-profit organization that unites finance, policy and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy.  ACORE is the focal point for collaborative advocacy across the renewable energy sector, supported by hundreds of members spanning renewable energy technologies and constituencies, including developers, manufacturers, financial institutions, major corporate renewable energy buyers, grid technology providers, utilities, professional service firms, colleges & universities and allied non-profit groups. ACORE accomplishes much of its work by convening leaders across key constituencies, facilitating partnerships, educating federal and state legislators and agency officials on important policies, publishing research and analysis on pressing issues, and undertaking strategic outreach on the policies and financial structures essential to renewable energy growth. Additional information is available at:


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 the organization’s current focus. During ACORE’s internship, one of the main focus 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 staff and networking opportunities.

Interns support the ACORE departments listed below:







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: apply by November 15, 2019
Summer Session: apply by March 6, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

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, D.C. offices. Remote or web-based internships are not available.

What is expected of you as an intern? As an ACORE intern,  you are expected to work with staff to identify, define and pursue a project of interest that will form the core content of your work. Some interns know what project they want to pursue before starting; others define the project after arriving at the organization. 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 percent of their total time focused on their core project. In addition to the project, you are expected to delve into the resources provided to you by the 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, 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 ask that you assist with administrative tasks as assigned.

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.