Kleinman Birol Fellowship at the International Energy Agency

Position Details

Organization: International Energy Agency Department: Economics and Investments Office (EIO) Location: Other
Type: Internship Timeframe: Summer Compensation: Paid Level: Graduate Start/End Dates:
May 15, 2017 to August 15, 2017
Application Deadline: March 17, 2017 Contact Information: Mollie Simonsmollie@upenn.edu 215-573-3286

The Kleinman Birol Fellowship at the International Energy Agency (IEA) was established in late 2016 by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania to enable Penn graduate students to spend 10-12 weeks working on energy policy-related issues at the IEA in Paris, France. Applicants for the 2017 Kleinman Birol Fellowship should be highly motivated individuals with a strong interest in the energy field and experience working on finance and/or economic issues.


About the IEA

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is an intergovernmental organization committed to advancing security of energy supply, economic growth and environmental sustainability through energy policy co-operation. The IEA operates as an autonomous body within the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.


Under the supervision of EIO staff, the Kleinman Birol Fellow will support efforts on a range of activities relating to the mission of the office. These may include:

  • undertaking research, and monitoring and analyzing data, on investment in the energy sector;
  • reviewing and supporting the drafting of IEA analyses on investment;
  • supporting finalization and then dissemination of the annual IEA World Energy Investment report;
  • providing input into other aspects of EIO work, such as contributions to Agency briefing materials, presentations, and speaking notes; and
  • contributing to the organization of EIO activities, in particular, work with industry, policy makers, and international processes.
Application Requirements

The following skills are required for this position: 

  • strong quantitative skills, including spreadsheet analysis and database management;
  • good knowledge of the energy sector, including the basic features of the markets and investment models for: electricity; oil, gas and coal; energy end-use sectors or significant parts therein;
  •  a keen interest in all aspects of energy investment and business and financing models, including fossil fuels, renewables, electricity and energy efficiency;
  • proven drafting and editing skills in English, including the ability to communicate clearly on complex topics; and
  • ability to thrive in a multicultural environment.

An ideal candidate would have the following additional skills: 

  • training in finance and/or economics, including quantitative economic or financial analysis;
  • comparative knowledge of energy systems and policies across different countries; and
  • work experience in a company that is active in developing or financing projects related to energy.
Application Instructions

To apply, please send a resume and a 2-10 page writing sample in English of a publication, research paper, article or assignment on a relevant topic to Mollie Simon (smollie@upenn.edu).

Additional Information


Fellows will receive $15,000 from the Kleinman Center, inclusive of travel and housing. In addition, the fellow will receive a monthly stipend of €608.40 from the IEA.

**This opportunity is only available to Penn graduate students**