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Union of Concerned Scientists Energy Analyst Intern


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Energy Analysis Intern
Paid Internship through Sept 2020

Climate & Energy Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Cambridge, MA

Are you passionate about our transition to a clean energy future? Do you have an analytic mind and skill set? Are you eager to plug in and help accelerate the transition? Join us in carrying out research and analysis to help the public and policy makers understand renewable and conventional power technologies, policies, and markets, and how to transform the outdated US power system into one that is smart, clean, and fair. This is a benefits-eligible internship through September 2020.


Qualifications and experience

  • This position requires general knowledge of the power sector, with emphasis on clean electricity technologies, policies, and markets, and their political, social, environmental, and economic ramifications. A solid understanding of renewable energy technologies, fossil fuels, energy efficiency, electricity systems, and global warming is preferred.
  • Also needed is a familiarity with general economic and environmental concepts and issues, and strong quantitative and analytical skills, including proficiency in personal computer applications (spreadsheets and word processing).
  • Advanced skills in using Python or other programs to process and analyze large datasets are strongly preferred, as are experiences with electricity models such as PLEXOS, NEMS, and ReEDS. Basic GIS skills and familiarity with mapping is also a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, master’s preferred. At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

The position requires extended periods at a computer, but little other exertion; may occasionally involve lifting and carrying boxes of supplies or publications. It will include occasional travel to events, conferences, and other UCS offices.