Internship: Environmental Research - Albany Office

New York is leading the nation in the fight on global climate change and the transition to a clean energy-powered economy. With the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York has codified the most aggressive climate change program in the nation with goals to reach zero carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 2040; install 9 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035; 6 gigawatts of solar by 2025; and 3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2030. Additionally, the law creates the Climate Action Council comprised of the leaders of various state agencies and authorities as well as legislative appointments to develop a plan outlining how the state will achieve an 85% reduction in GHG emissions from 1990 levels by 2050, and eventually net zero emissions in all sectors of the economy.  

This is a paid internship for current, full-time students. This internship will begin in the summer 2021 and continue through the fall semester. Interns work up to 18.5 hours per week when school is in session, and up to 37.5 hours per week in between semesters, when not attending class. 

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Support the Environmental Research and Offshore Wind teams to better understand and mitigate potential impacts to wildlife and fisheries from offshore wind development
  • Work with project managers to develop and manage environmental research projects related to marine ecosystems, fisheries, and offshore wind energy
  • Support the operations of the Offshore Wind Environmental Technical Working Group
  • Assist with the Offshore Wind Learning from the Experts webinar series
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, full-time undergraduate or Masters student.
  • Excellent skills with the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to research primary and secondary sources.
  • Skill in managing multiple activities, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work independently.
  • The ability to communicate accurately and effectively in writing.
  • Experience with environmental, fisheries or renewable energy issues is preferred, but not required.

To Apply

Please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume to internship@nyserda.ny.gov. Please include NYSERDA Internship – Specific Internship Name in the Subject Line.