Energy Fellow

Position Details

Organization: USDA's Rural Utilities Service Department: Office of the Administrator
Level: Graduate, Level: Undergraduate
Application Deadline: March 11, 2016 Contact Information: Cory Colijnccolijn@upenn.edu
Description

This Penn summer fellow will be responsible for engaging with stakeholders and supporting the development, marketing, and management of a broad portfolio of energy efficiency projects, programs, products, methodologies, services, and initiatives aimed at rural cooperatives.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

Applicants must be members in good standing at an accredited University; have at least two to four years of  college level education, have strong analytical, research and presentation skills; and excellent writing and editing abilities. Successful candidates must be able to work with minimal guidance in drafting rules, orders and legal memoranda on new and challenging issues. Ability to work in inter-disciplinary teams is essential.

DUTIES
  • Serve as the lead fellow working on Department and Agency priority projects involving research, development, demonstration and deployment. Provide assistance to Agency officials and is responsible for anticipating, identifying and resolving problems that arise in assigned projects.
  • Track program performance to ensure measures are meeting program goals and objectives, and refine or change initiatives as needed to improve program performance.
  • Assist in designing, developing, and deliver energy efficiency products and services and aid in customizing customer specific packages.
  • Conduct energy market research and develop options and opportunities that enable energy efficiency savings from utility customers in the Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural, Federal, and/or Utility sectors.
  • Serve on cross-organization to assess potential opportunities to use RUS energy conservation and energy savings programs.
  • Develop and collect data on progress in the conventional industry, planned and operating projects, industry participants, and new technologies. Identify issues limiting use of energy efficiency the U. S. and work with affected stakeholders to develop solutions and eliminate barriers.
  • Provide policy and technical recommendations to promote efficient use of the Department's resources and achieve programmatic goals.

Students will work in the United States Department of Agriculture headquarters at 1400 Independence Ave, SW in Washington DC. The Fellowship duration (including start and end date) are flexible, but student applicants should only apply if they can commit to a minimum of 10 weeks of full-time (40 hours/week) from May-September. Kleinman Fellowship funding will be determined on the basis of the number of weeks worked. 

 
HOW TO APPLY

Students should forward applications to the Kleinman Center c/o Cory Colijn (ccolijn@upenn.edu) by March 11th, 2016. Applicants should include a resume and cover letter, expressing your interest in the position. Letters of recommendation are encouraged, though not required, and may be sent directly to Cory at the address above. Once the application is closed, all materials will be sent to the Rural Utilities Commission for review. Students can expect to hear back on the status of their application the week of March 14th.

Application Requirements

Students should forward applications to the Kleinman Center c/o Cory Colijn (ccolijn@upenn.edu) by March 11th, 2016. Applicants should include a resume and cover letter, expressing your interest in the position. Letters of recommendation are encouraged, though not required, and may be sent directly to Cory at the address above.

Once the application is closed, all materials will be sent to the Rural Utilities Commission for review. Students can expect to hear back on the status of their application the week of March 14th.