Regulatory & Government Affairs Intern

Position Details

Organization: NRG Energy Department: Office of the UVice President of Governmental Affairs for NRG West
Level: Graduate Internship Link


NRG Energy, Inc. is seeking a graduate student intern to assist in research and analysis of energy policy initiatives and to support the Vice President of Governmental Affairs for NRG West.  The focus will be on California energy and climate policy as it relates to grid integration and modernization, distributed energy resources, renewable and fossil electric generation and electric vehicles.  Additional duties may include participation in (1) internal NRG discussions regarding development of the direction for commercial initiatives; (2) briefing NRG teams on findings and recommendations of policy issue research; and (3) attending governmental agencies and hearings on behalf of NRG.

The intern will research policies of the California Energy and Public Utilities Commission and the Air Resources Board as well as pending legislative initiatives. Following research, the intern will prepare a report summarizing the current policy status and development recommendations for NRG West future advocacy. Additionally, there may be requirements to research regulations and policies in other Western states.

The intern will work independently and be expected to meet on a regular basis with the Vice President at the NRG San Francisco office.  Additional travel obligations may require attendance at public meetings and hearings in San Francisco and Sacramento as well as in-person team briefings at other NRG regional headquarters.


Candidates for this position must have an interest in energy policy issues as well as environmental issues.  The selected intern will be an independent worker with strong analytical, written and verbal skills who is able to fulfill the project goal of developing comprehensive research on a policy initiative to accomplish policy advocacy to achieve NRG’s commercial objectives.  Candidate should be enrolled in graduate school.  Previous experience in the field is preferred but not required.