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Internships: Policy


The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is seeking a Policy Intern to help advance renewable energy through legislative and regulatory advocacy. ACORE represents the nation’s leading renewable energy developers, manufacturers, and investors along with corporate electricity consumers, electric utilities, and many other diverse industries that comprise America’s renewable energy economy.

The ideal candidate has strong skills in research and writing, as well as the desire to impact positive change on energy policy. Interns will report to the Policy Manager. This is a paid internship.

This position is based in Washington, D.C., but remote opportunities are available.


  • Conduct research on a variety of topics including federal energy and tax policy, state energy policy, electric power sector trends, and wholesale energy markets.
  • Draft issue briefs, memos, fact sheets, bill summaries, and other documents as necessary.
  • Attend Congressional hearings, briefings, webinars, and other events related to energy policy.
  • Create and present an independent research project under the mentorship of ACORE’s policy team.

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
  • At least three days a week of internship availability.
  • Previous Congressional internship experience preferred.
  • Classwork or prior experience in public policy or renewable energy.
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills.
  • An ability to work independently, multitask, and take ownership over projects and assignments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working as part of a team.

How to Apply:

Candidates are invited to apply for the Policy Internship by submitting a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. 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 submit no more than two pages that demonstrate an ability to synthesize information.

The Ørsted Mentorship Program

ACORE is committed to social and economic justice as part of the transition to a greener future, and is actively working to cultivate a culture on inclusion and equity within the renewable energy sector. To this end, we have partnered with Ørsted to connect select interns with an industry mentor who will serve as a resource during and after the ACORE internship. If you are interested in the Ørsted Mentorship Program, please indicate in your cover letter why you feel you would be a good candidate.


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Intern Session Timelines

Deadline to apply for Spring 2024 semester: November 3, 2023

Deadline to apply for Summer 2024 semester: March 1, 2024