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Internships: Policy & Programs


The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is seeking an intern to support its policy and programming efforts. ACORE represents the nation’s leading renewable energy developers, manufacturers, and investors along with corporate electricity consumers, electricity utilities, and the many other diverse industries that comprise the country’s renewable energy economy. Our Policy & Programs Intern will leverage their skills to advance the renewable energy industry through supportive public policy and finance.

The ideal candidate has strong writing and research skills, an interest in energy policy or energy finance, and the ability to work independently and multitask in a fast-paced environment. Interns will report to the Policy & Research Manager and the Program Manager, spending approximately 50% of their time on a research project of their choice. This position is located in ACORE’s Washington, DC office.


  • Conduct research on a variety of energy policy topics including federal energy and tax policy, state energy policy, electric power sector trends, wholesale energy markets, and renewable energy finance.
  • Draft reports, blog posts, fact sheets, and other documents as necessary.
  • Create and present a research project of the intern’s choosing, with input from ACORE staff.
  • Attend Congressional hearings, seminars, and other events related to energy policy.
  • Assist ACORE staff with managing and developing programing for member programs.
  • Attend ACORE conferences and webinars as appropriate.

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
  • At least three days a week of internship availability.
  • Classwork or prior experience in public policy, renewable energy, or finance.
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills.
  • Ability to work independently, multitask, and take ownership over projects and assignments.
  • Self-motivated, dependable, and detail oriented.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working as part of a team.

How to Apply:

Candidates are invited to apply for the Policy & Programs Internship by submitting a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to In the cover letter, candidates should explain what they would like to gain from an ACORE internship and why a career in renewable energy interests them. For the writing sample, candidates should send no more than 2-3 pages that demonstrate an ability to synthesize information.