2019 Summer Internship Opportunities

Rocky Mountain Institute - New York, NY4.5

Application Instructions
Please ensure you have read the entire announcement below before submitting an application.

Be prepared to upload (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter, both documents are required. The first page of the online application will allow you to attach your resume. The second page of the online application will allow you to upload additional documents. Candidates who do not provide a compelling answer to the question Why do you want to work at Rocky Mountain Institute in their cover letter may not be considered. Additionally, incomplete application materials (for example, a missing cover letter) may not be considered.

Answer the following questions in your cover letter:
1. Why are you interested in an internship with Rocky Mountain Institute?
2. Why are you applying for this specific internship? (If you are applying for more than one initiative, explain how you can add value in multiple practice areas).
3. What unique experience and/or quality would you bring to this internship?

Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 25, 2019* . If RMI staff sees that a successful candidate will be more effective in a different initiative than was identified in the application, this will be communicated prior to the interview process.

Due to the large number of applications received, it may take 3-4 weeks to receive a response. We are working diligently and appreciate your patience.
If you have issues submitting your application or uploading your documents, please email peopleteam@rmi.org.
RMI is an equal opportunity employer.

No phone calls please.

New York City; Washington, D.C.; Boulder or Basalt, Colorado; Beijing, China

Interns will be asked to work in the same office as their immediate supervisor.

** We will be staffing interns in Beijing. If you are interested in working on our China project in Beijing, please explicitly mention this on your cover letter.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, ensuring we are using our resources thoughtfully is a top priority. We encourage all students to contact their school to inquire about potential internship funding to match or supplement the RMI/CWR stipend. Students will not be screened on the basis of receiving funding.

Applicants should be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in a related field and have basic knowledge of one or more of the team's’ focus areas—energy efficiency; renewable energy; demand-side management; building science and energy modeling; efficient and low carbon light duty cars and truck design; and transportation logistics. Where applicable, the applicant should be comfortable working with, or reporting on, numerical analysis and spreadsheet modeling, research and reporting.

In addition to skills and expertise, we value and seek the following qualities in our candidate: intense curiosity, self-motivated and able to work independently, willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines, creativity and willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas, and a passion for making the world better.

Specific qualifications for each of our internship program opportunities are listed below – Electricity Program, Buildings, Office of the Chief Scientist, China, Mobility, Emerging Economies, India Mobility, Cities Renewables Accelerator, Global Climate Finance, Industries, Digital Ventures, Emerging Energy Solutions, Americas Pledge.

Internship Opportunity Descriptions (Not a Complete List):
Global Climate Finance

RMI established a Global Climate Finance program in 2017 in recognition that the mobilization and smart allocation of finance is a critical enabler of the low-carbon transition globally. This program builds on RMI’s legacy of working closely with disruptors, incumbents, and policy-makers to forge business-led, market-based solutions to clean energy and climate change. We work to boost climate finance flows into developing countries through
concrete initiatives, including by enhancing national capacity and deploying innovative financial instruments at the intersection of public and private finance. In advanced economies, our focus is on accelerating the retirement of fossil energy capital stock by managing the capital transition and avoiding stranded assets.

The Global Climate Finance program is seeking interns for the following initiatives:

  • Climate Finance Access Service: A Climate Finance Access Service could substantially improve the capacity of low-income countries to unlock funding for green investment. The initiative would deploy a network of trained, independent climate finance investment professionals into Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and African countries to help secure finance for these countries’ priority projects pursuant to Paris Agreement commitments and the Sustainable Development Goals. Over the course of their two-year assignments, climate finance facilitators would serve as the connective tissue between recipient countries and public funding institutions. In 2018, the Climate Finance program conducted interviews with over 100 expert stakeholders from developing countries, climate finance funds and institutions, and related climate finance initiatives and has used this market input to craft the Climate Finance Access Service. In 2019, we will focus on building a consortium to take the idea forward.
  • Coal Capital Transition: Coal was the preeminent fuel for grid-based electricity generation around the world for the better part of a century, but coal-fired power generation is now in structural decline. While economic trends are slowing the growth of coal capacity and leading to a significant amount of uncompetitive coal-fired capacity to shutter, these trends alone will not be sufficient to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the Paris Agreement objective of holding warming well below 2 Cº. With this transition, however, workers and communities are experiencing layoffs and the owners of coal-fired power plants are bracing themselves for hundreds of billions in write-offs. The early retirement of hundreds of billion dollars of capital stock globally is a structural shift with enormous implications for stakeholders. RMI has created the first global survey of approaches that can help ease capital destruction for asset owners and their shareholders while offering policymakers a clearer path toward transitioning the power sector onto a well below 2Cº pathway.
America’s Pledge
America’s Pledge brings together private and public sector leaders to ensure the United States remains a global leader in reducing emissions and delivers the country’s ambitious climate goals of the Paris Agreement. In support of this effort, RMI and other organizations have worked to scope and quantify possibilities (link) and are now moving to an action phase. The goals are to facilitate real emissions reductions by 2025 and reframe the climate storyline around a pragmatic set of discrete steps. Work will include collaborating with non-profit and funder communities to create and facilitate strategies that catalyze emissions reductions across 10
areas (link).

RMI is looking for an intern with a strong desire to catalyze emissions reductions by U.S. cities, states, and businesses. The intern will have a variety of responsibilities, including conducting research on emissions reductions opportunities, quantifying emissions reductions potential, summarizing research findings for multiple audiences, and sharing findings with other organizations.

Ideal candidates will have:
  • Passion for U.S. role in reducing GHG emissions
  • Excellent quantitative analysis skills (including working with spreadsheets)
  • Ability to work effectively with a team and communicate technical ideas
  • A knack for synthesizing and framing key issues and opportunities for industry leaders
  • Experience working with or for a city, state, or business on sustainability, energy, or a related topic
  • Stakeholder management
Electricity Practice
RMI’s Electricity Practice offers a compelling vision for the US electricity system, a unique ability to convene key decision makers across traditional institutional boundaries, and the toolset and creativity to scale rapid innovation. Thanks to our market-based approach and analytical rigor, we have gained the trust of regulators and utility executives who need an organization like RMI to understand the opportunities and overcome the challenges inherent the massive transformation underway. We’re again pushing the boundaries of what’s possible by expanding our network of partners and transforming an industry that needs our guidance and solutions now more than ever.

The key job responsibilities of the Electricity Practice intern primarily include:
? Provide core project research
? Guide work with new hypotheses and propose new analysis approaches
? Synthesize recommendations into clear, compelling presentations and written reports.

The Electricity Practice Interns will work on one of three projects:
1. Accelerating and increasing the impact of our Clean Energy Portfolio tool. In our May 2018 Report, we showed that portfolios of clean energy technologies are already cost- competitive with proposed new natural gas plants. During their internship, the intern will help increase the scope and reach of the Clean Energy Portfolio (CEP) tool. The intern will help RMI define and develop a web-based version of the CEP calculation tool that allows utilities, media, advocates, regulators, and the public to run their own CEP studies transparently.
2. Business Models and Rate Design (BMRD). The BMRD team is seeking a talented intern to conduct research on new dimensions of utility regulations and business model reform, to boost the team’s capacity and insights on leading reform options, as well as to deliver these insights to partners and to wider audiences (public utilities
commissions, utilities, and industry stakeholders). The intern will work directly on these issues, either on client-facing work (e.g., developing deliverables for specific public utility commissions) and/or on work products intended for wider public dissemination (e.g., co-authoring a report to be published by RMI). The intern will be given a specific research assignment related to utility reform options in identified jurisdictions (e.g., Hawaii, Colorado, etc.) or different utility contexts (e.g. vertically integrated, municipal, etc.). The intern will be responsible for delivering some combination of a report/insight brief, blog post, briefing slides, and/or a presentation to external audiences.
3. Regulatory Guide to Building Electrification. In order to meet our climate change goals, it will be necessary to decarbonize buildings in the US through electrification of space heating, water heating, and other end uses. This intern will support foundational research for a “Regulator’s Guide to Electrification” that would outline the regulatory changes necessary to support widespread electrification and, ultimately, a shift away from natural gas delivery. Some of the elements to be researched may include finance & stranded costs, rate design, rate base mechanics, energy efficiency standards, and utility business model transformation, focusing on the implications for both electric and gas utilities. This work will be critical to shed light on the regulatory structures that encourage ever-increasing build out of gas infrastructure and consumption of natural gas, and to develop a clear action plan to transform these structures.

While the specific requirements will vary by focus area, ideal candidates will have:
  • Ability to work effectively with a team and communicate technical ideas
  • Excellent quantitative analysis skills (analysis with spreadsheets and/or numerical programming)
  • Passion for developing solutions to complicated problems in the US electricity sector
  • Familiarity with how electricity is generated and paid for in the US
  • Experience and/or strong knowledge in one or more of the following topic areas:
  • Utility business models and utility regulation
  • Distributed and renewable energy
  • Electric or gas utility resource planning and strategy
  • Coding in python and/or web development
  • Energy economics and policy
  • Business strategy, finance, and decision-making
Buildings Program
The Buildings Groups drives impact by coalescing powerful industry partners through three complementary building program-led initiatives, and by developing insights and adoption approaches to the buildings sector in China as part of RMI’s Reinventing Fire: China program.
In the past, RMI interns have been responsible for: researching and writing white papers, stakeholder engagement workshops, technical energy conservation measure analysis, development of financial models and participation in design charrettes. RMI is seeking interns for the following program-led initiatives:

Superefficient Buildings and Districts: Develop and demonstrate replicable market-based solutions to deliver net-zero energy and near-zero energy buildings in new and existing building portfolios and districts, such as developments, cities, and university campuses. Work under this initiative may include: District level energy systems development and modeling, design charrettes or stakeholder engagement workshops, and financial modeling.

Portfolio Efficiency: Drive adoption of wide-scale energy interventions in existing commercial buildings through the development of real estate portfolio energy strategies. The focus of this work is on identifying existing or new solutions to deploy through direct engagements with commercial real estate portfolios. This includes developing innovative energy analytics for portfolio-scale interventions; integrating energy efficiency, demand management, and renewable energy solutions; evaluating new and innovative technologies; and defining the business case for commercial real estate portfolios to invest in and deploy identified solutions. Come help RMI scale clean energy adoption in our nation's largest real estate companies.

Residential Energy +: Drive widespread adoption of home energy upgrades by improving homeowners’ desire, information, and means to invest in energy upgrades. This includes developing financing solutions, technical analysis and working with national partners to create fast and scalable retrofit approaches, and using behavioral change theory to redefine efficiency as the new normal. From culture change to net zero energy retrofits, we invite you to come help us transform homes across America.

Reinventing Fire China Buildings: Deliver an analysis of the buildings sector to spotlight the economic, social, and environmental benefits of energy efficiency to slash buildings-related CO2 emissions by 44 percent by 2050 relative to 2010 emissions.

An ideal candidate should have:
  • Exceptional quantitative analysis skills (including working with spreadsheets or energy models
  • Excellent technical knowledge of building components, buildings systems, energy efficiency measures, and/or energy-related business models within the built environment
  • Strong writing and communication skills and the ability to work in a team dynamic
  • An independent and self-directed work style
Office of the Chief Scientist
At Rocky Mountain Institute the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) is tasked with exploring and hatching new programmatic efforts. OCS sustains RMI’s thought leadership by a unique combination of invention or ideation, incubation, and synthesis. OCS is not an instrument of RMI’s normal day-to-day operations and campaigns (though it supports them as an internal consultant), but rather is the complementary place where creativity, vision across boundaries, and fresh transdisciplinary insights can flourish. OCS is led by Amory Lovins, RMI’s Co-Founder and Chief Scientist.
OCS’s talents best support three main themes: invention, incubation, and synthesis. Invention, or ideation, starts with asking new questions (or old questions in a different order). This underlies much of RMI’s historic innovation. Incubation is OCS’s role in exploring and testing new topics that may evolve into programmatic efforts—most recently Reinventing Fire: China. OCS synthesizes massive, disorderly sets of ideas and facts into big new stories (such as Reinventing Fire). OCS’s current activities include incubating an Integrative Design initiative, that aims to transform the way that design is taught and practiced by influencing pedagogy, design practitioners, and software makers. OCS is also currently leading a Transformative Mobility Solutions project in India in partnership with India's central government.

The 2019 OCS intern will support all aspects of OCS’s activity including research, writing, and project execution. The ideal candidate will have experience in a technical field (engineering, design, physics mathematics, etc), experience collaborating with business and industry to drive change, and motivation to transform global energy use.

RMI’s China program is a microcosm of RMI’s global work, focused on supporting power sector reform, low-carbon mobility and freight solutions, low-carbon cities, and transforming the building stock. RMI’s China program is looking for 3 interns this year to work on a discrete piece(s) of the China program’s work (outlined below). Projects will be assigned based on the interns’ particular interests and abilities as well as the current status and needs of our work. Intern’s work will be core to the team’s strategic focus and will have a defined scope with clear deliverables that can be executed independent of other external project factors that may impede the intern’s ability to complete the work and demonstrate their capabilities. Interns will be integral members of RMI and will conduct project work under the guidance of a full-time team member, usually as part of a small team. In addition, we encourage a highly collaborative work environment, which provides our fellows access to a number of senior practitioners and team members. All positions require fluent Mandarin and English.

Transportation: RMI worked with the city of Shenzhen to analyze its electric truck fleets daily routes to optimize the siting of charging infrastructure to enable more delivery miles to become electric in one of the leading cities in electrifying its transportation. We plan to expand this analysis to other cities across China, working with national partners at China’s Freight Research Institute. We are looking for an intern to join the team that can help support this analysis, and can help develop a standard toolbox that other cities can use. We are looking for experience with transportation modeling for evaluating driving routes, crunching distance and bypass numbers, and coding in Python or other relevant languages. The candidate will also conduct expert interviews to gather qualitative data on driving behaviors and conduct desk research on city EV charging network and grid integration.

Industry: We are identifying major levers to decarbonize China's heavy industries and heavy transportation which are hard to abate. One of the decarbonization routes that has been identified in the global context is to develop the entire value chain for hydrogen, including the production, storage, transportation and utilization of hydrogen. China is actually among the leaders in the space, showing interest and capability of developing hydrogen-based economy. This position will be responsible for developing a state-of-the-market assessment for hydrogen production in China, and develop a framework to help local policymakers identify if they have the right factors that can enable them to be a testbed for the new hydrogen industry, and identify major barriers localities need to address to access capital. The position requires excellent research skills, the ability to conduct expert interviews, and critical thinking skills to develop strategic frameworks that are useful to industry and policymakers.

Buildings: RMI China published a white paper on China's clean heating guideline jointly released by 7 ministries, and our thought leadership has generated strong interest both with policy maker and industry. We'd like to move from high-level advice to developing more specific economics for China’s clean heating transformation. The position requires researching and analyzing the economics of various cleaning heating measures, including demand-side measures, supply-side measures, and transmission measures. These economics should help identify what are the right near-term opportunities to beneficially electrify heating or fuel-switch to cleaner fuels. These recommendations can then be packaged in an insight brief that helps policymakers and heat provision companies guide their clean heating agendas. Candidates require strong research skills, experience in building energy science, working knowledge of combined heat and power systems, and some knowledge of the power sector is helpful but not required. The role also requires knowledge of how to craft business cases for different technologies, and create compelling pitches around the economic models created.

Today's mobility system is built around personal vehicles available for any combination of potential needs—just in case. These privately-owned, individually-driven, gas-powered vehicles sit unused 95% of the time, cost their owners over $1 trillion annually, and account for 15% of all emissions in the U.S. As city populations increase, so does pollution, traffic congestion, and pressure on infrastructure. Emerging technologies and societal trends are creating an opportunity for a new mobility future in which mobility becomes a service, available when and where it is needed—just in time— allowing fewer vehicles to do the same job at lower cost.
RMI’s Mobility Transformation program is collaborating closely with both the City of Austin—as the Lead Implementation City—and the City of Denver—the Lead Scaling Partner City—to leverage the power of emerging technology and business innovation to expand and enhance mobility options, in turn reducing congestion, decreasing costs, improving equity, enhancing safety, reducing emissions, and ensuring continued economic growth. Mobility Transformation is currently focused on developing collaborative solutions with Austin and proving out a scaling model with Denver.
For 2019, the transportation team is seeking an intern to work on one of the below projects:
1) Accelerator intern: The Mobility practice is developing a core product, an Accelerator workshop that helps teams from across the US that are struggling to develop vehicle electrification and infrastructure projects. Accelerators provide expert faculty, peer learning from other teams, and a proven process for systematically reshaping their plans for their projects to ensure a clear path to success. The Mobility Accelerator intern will work with our project team to shape (and possibly deliver, depending on final timing) the 2019 Accelerator. Skills learned will include a broad set of electric vehicle and charging topics, the nature of multi-stakeholder workshop processes, and specific tools to help drive thinking in real time.
2) Charging Behavior and Data intern: As a well-known and trusted NGO, RMI has access to data that might not otherwise be shared. Some of that data pertains to how fleets of vehicles move on a daily basis, and how they use chargers. RMI, teaming with big data experts, is creating insights into this new world of large scale charging and seeking to develop toolkits for those needing to build out and use chargers in the most effective, economical ways. Users will potentially range from utilities, to fleets to charger network owners to cities and states to vehicle OEMs. Skills learned will include data management and analysis, insight creation and storytelling, and (we expect) interaction with users in a brand-new space.
3) NYPA - RMI works intensively the New York Power Authority on the design of programs to encourage the rapid uptake of electric vehicles, and successful buyer experiences with those vehicles. Although its too soon to specify the precise role for the project's intern, expect a fast-moving, intensely real-world experience helping our NYPA team help the client. Learning agenda will include a deep dive into the current New York EV market and electricity system, with a smattering of everything from high finance to grid dynamics to consumer behaviors to car dealer business models

Ideal candidates will have:
  • Strong interest in advanced vehicles and mobility solutions;
  • Strong quantitative backgrounds
  • Experience working with industry consortia and/or the startup space
  • Familiarity with business, financial, and economic concepts;
  • Excellent writing, organizational and communication skills; and
  • Ability to self-start and structure ambiguous and complex problems.
  • The transportation team is especially interested in candidates with:
  • Backgrounds in computer science and software/app development;
  • Marketing/sales experience;
  • Backgrounds in physical sciences, engineering, environmental studies;
  • Prior experience in public policy, especially regulations and policymaking at a city level; and
  • Prior experience in public transportation, urban planning, or the automotive and mobility industries.
Global Energy Transition: Island Economies and Sub-Saharan Africa
RMI’s Islands Energy Program works to accelerate the replicable transition of island economies from a heavy dependence on fossil fuels to a diverse and renewable energy mix including energy efficiency. While islands are not large enough to create a significant impact on global carbon emissions reductions, they present the ideal combination of geographical scale, renewable potential, committed stakeholders, and powerful storylines to demonstrate sustainable solutions across an entire economy.

The team facilitates the transition by delivering technical expertise; engaging with governments, utilities, and island stakeholders; and providing communications support. With an independent, objective, and fact-based approach, this team brings experience gained from engagements with governments and utilities to solve the toughest energy challenges.

On the Islands team, we often work across all of these aspects as we employ a system’s level analysis to reach an economy’s energy transformation goals. The goal of this internship is to continue the work of the Islands Energy Program to quantitatively demonstrate the value of distributing generation and storage assets near or at critical facilities as a way to build resilience and improve the economics of renewables. This intern will specifically build on the work started as a part of an RMI blog series: Critical Facilities: Where Government and Utilities Services Redefine Resilience and tackle questions that this preliminary analysis was not able to tackle.

Closely related to the Islands team, RMI’s Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED) Program is working to accelerate economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa by applying pragmatic, unbiased, renewable and efficient energy solutions to deliver energy access. The SEED program works closely with governments, development partners and the private energy sector in Sub-Saharan Africa to provide country-level strategic energy support.

SEED is comprised of several workstreams: (1) We work in-country with governments and utilities to support their on-grid, off-grid, and energy efficiency planning, (2) we test and implement innovative energy solutions on the ground, particularly for off-grid technologies, (3) we do deep analysis of the critical issues facing the African energy sector from generation investment to the emerging minigrid market, and (4) we support the development of local energy leaders through capacity-building and convening events.

Our work puts us in contact with African governments, utilities, donor partners, multilateral and bilateral finance institutions, and both private sector developers and investors. Through our work, we seek to focus concessional and commercial capital in the most effective way possible to increase energy access and reliable, affordable energy for economic development.

The goal of this internship will be to build on SEED’s existing work to refine its methodology to size off-grid and on-grid markets and improve its modeling capabilities in this area. This work may including developing the framework and/or the quantitative optimization tools required to size on grid and off grid markets and make technology and timing recommendations within these spaces.

Ideal candidates for either the Islands Energy Program or the SEED Program will have:
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines, learn quickly and navigate data-poor topics
  • A passion for tackling complicated energy and resource problems
  • Familiarity with business, financial, and economic concepts
  • Comfort working with spreadsheets including numerical analysis or modeling, case study research and concise writing
  • Excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills
  • A proven ability to communicate and affect change across cultural and/or linguistic divides
  • Experience with energy and development projects outside of the United States
Digital Ventures
RMI works closely with the private sector as part of our think-and-do approach. We work with large, established companies, including many examples from the Fortune 500. RMI also works with spinoffs and affiliated startups such as Black Bear Energy, The Energy Web Foundation, and WattTime. By challenging and disrupting incumbents, these innovative new companies are critical for accelerating progress towards RMI's mission. We're seeking an intern to help with researching and assessing the current cleantech landscape and ecosystem. We would like to identify successful proof points and promising new companies as well as the investors and other support helping these companies to succeed. We would also like to identify gaps, both for accelerating progress of existing companies as well as finding new tech and ideas to address some of the most pressing challenges across sectors in the energy transition.

Relevant experience/skills:
  • Working with a startup
  • Experience as part of a cleantech hub, incubator, or accelerator
  • Coursework on entrepreneurship and/or startup finance
  • Research, interview, organization, and communication skills
  • A foundational understanding of technology and business models
Emerging Energy Solutions
The Emerging Energy Solutions program continues the Institute's legacy of cutting-edge thought leadership in coordination with the Office of the Chief Scientist. The mission of EES is to catalyze and coordinate thought leadership activities at the edges and intersections of RMI programs. In practice, this entails two long term objectives:
  • Inspire leading agents in the global energy system to take ambitious action that unlocks new value in the energy transition, and create the connective tissue in a collaborative forum needed to guide and sustain that action
  • “Look around the corner” on emerging trends in and across technology, society, and economy and assess implications (risk and leverage points) for RMI mission, ongoing programmatic work, and emerging impact opportunities
EES brings a systems-thinking perspective to interlocking behavioral, technoeconomic, and social factors influencing the pace and direction of the energy transition. In so doing, EES is helping the Institute developing a central view on the pathways to achieving the global energy transition. This view is based on 1) an assessment of how those factors might interact to influence the energy transition, and 2) efforts to identify and implement opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration to accelerate transformative action. In combination, EES serves to connect cutting-edge hypotheses with real world action in support of the broader ecosystem, currently in areas including breakthrough batteries, socioeconomic energy justice, industry decarbonization, and transformative scenarios planning.

To work across these initiatives and help EES achieve this mission, interns will require the following skills:
  • Strong research skills with the ability to identify relevant sources, summarize key findings, apply knowledge to unique problems, perform original meta-analysis, and document these items clearly.
  • Fundamental curiosity and ability to challenge established assumptions with clear analysis and argumentation.
  • Interdisciplinary research or personal interests, and systems-level problem solving experience.
  • Strong analytical skills focused on high-level quantitative analysis in the areas of engineering and economics.
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams that span several organizations, while maintaining professional, open-minded and collaborative spirit.
  • Some experience in project management with an emphasis on constructing a work plan and project timeline, integrating and managing different work streams, and managing upward to establish clear expectations for deliverables and resource requirements.
Cities Renewables Accelerator
The American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator is a new project designed to accelerate the development of renewable energy in the US by providing technical assistance and support to city municipal governments. This collaborative effort brings together the strengths of RMI, World Resources Institute, and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, and falls within Bloomberg Philanthropies' broader American Cities Climate Challenge. Our team is working to help 100+ cities execute contracts for on-site solar, community-scale solar, and/or off-site renewable energy through either direct, consulting-style support or by convening and educating small groups of cities with common interests. Team members will also develop guides, analyses, web tools, or other products to help city staff develop renewable energy strategies and execute contracts more effectively.

The City Renewables Accelerator team is looking for an intern for the summer of 2019 to support research, outreach, and resource development. The CRA team is planning a series of workshops in Q1 and Q2 of CY2019 that will directly engage up to 50-75 cities in better understanding their current actions and needs when procuring renewable energy. One of the clear outcomes of these workshops will identifying the tools and resources most needed by cities with our renewables procurement cohorts. The summer of 2019 will be a key time during which our team will be working to develop and iterate these tools and resources with city stakeholders. Given the ramp-up over the summer, bringing in additional capacity will be quite helpful and even critical to keeping the work on-track against our stated milestones. Finally, as RMI's cities work expands there will likely be additional opportunities for qualified candidates, with this internship as one potential pipeline.

India Mobility
Since 2016, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has been working with India’s public and private sectors to build confidence and further commitment towards India’s renewable energy and clean mobility goals. RMI has become a recognized brand and thought leader in energy and mobility solutions in India. Our ongoing work includes policy support and technical assistance at the national level and the deployment of pilot projects at the regional and city levels. RMI’s senior-level partnerships with government, private-sector, and civil-society entities support our work and impact.

Desired skills:
  • Experience in the transportation and/or electricity sectors.
  • Analytical capabilities in relation to the transportation, electricity, industrial, and/or building sectors in India.
  • Ability to design, build, and maintain complex quantitative models (e.g., Excel, MatLab).
  • Ability to present quantitative information in a clear, visual format.
  • Ability to synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports.
  • Interest in India’s energy transition.