Energy Analysis Intern

Position Details

Organization: Union of Concerned Scientists Department: Climate & Energy Program Location: Philadelphia
Type: Internship Compensation: Paid Level:
Application Deadline: November 3, 2019 Application Link

Are you passionate about our transition to a clean energy future? Do you have an analytic mind and skill set? Are you eager to plug in and help accelerate the transition?

Join the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Power Ahead Campaign team to help with research and analysis to advance public and policy maker understanding of renewable and conventional energy technologies, policies, and markets. Support a team of energy analysts on a variety of projects related to our campaign, focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency, natural gas, coal, nuclear, energy resilience, and equity.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit working to solve some of our planet’s most pressing problems. Our scientists and engineers develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.


  • Participate in a range of national, regional, and state-level analyses and reports. Gather and analyze data, support our in-house energy modeling team, and assist in writing reports and other materials.
  • Monitor and assess current and ongoing research and trends in advanced clean energy technology, market, and policy issues, and related fields. Evaluate and synthesize articles, reports, abstracts, and other materials.
  • Assist senior-level staff in scoping and evaluating new areas of research for our Climate & Energy Program.
  • Research and respond to inquiries from members, sponsors, other organizations, and the general public about energy-related issues; promote UCS positions and objectives; support campaign outreach; and attend various public forums, meetings, and events.
  • Help maintain the clean energy section of the UCS website by working with research, outreach, and communication staff to strengthen web presence and content.
Application Requirements
  • This position requires general knowledge of the power sector, with emphasis on clean electricity technologies, policies, and markets, and their political, social, environmental, and economic ramifications. A solid understanding of renewable energy technologies, fossil fuels, energy efficiency, electricity systems, and global warming is preferred.
  • Also needed is a familiarity with general economic and environmental concepts and issues, and strong quantitative and analytical skills, including proficiency in personal computer applications (spreadsheets and word processing).
  • Advanced skills in using Python or other programs to process and analyze large datasets are strongly preferred, as are experiences with electricity models such as PLEXOS, NEMS, and ReEDS. Basic GIS skills and familiarity with mapping is also a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, master’s preferred. At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

The position requires extended periods at a computer, but little other exertion; may occasionally involve lifting and carrying boxes of supplies or publications. It will include occasional travel to events, conferences, and other UCS offices.

Application Instructions

Please upload a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample. In the cover letter, please confirm that the listed salary meets your expectations. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.