Kleinman Birol Fellowship at the IEA

Position Details

Organization: International Energy Agency Location: Other
Type: Internship Timeframe: Summer Compensation: Paid Level: Graduate Start/End Dates:
May 15, 2018 to August 15, 2018
Application Deadline: January 11, 2017 Contact Information: Mollie Simonsmollie@upenn.edu 215-573-3286
Applications are now closed, thank you for your interest!


The Kleinman Birol Fellowship was established in late 2016 by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania to enable graduate students to spend the summer (10-12 weeks) working on energy policy-related issues at the International Energy Agency (IEA). Applicants for the 2018 Kleinman Birol Fellowship should be highly motivated individuals with experience working on energy, environmental, or economic issues. Because of the range of the IEA’s “all of energy” activities, opportunities exist for candidates with specific expertise in any of the following areas: energy technology and development; coal, power, and natural gas; energy access; and energy efficiency. 

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 is based in Paris, France and operates as an autonomous body within the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.



Under the supervision of IEA staff, the Kleinman Birol Fellow will support efforts on a range of activities that may include:

  • undertaking research and monitoring and analyzing developments and trends based on energy sector data;
  • reviewing and supporting the drafting of IEA analyses on specific topics;
  • supporting the finalization and dissemination of IEA work;
  • providing input into other aspects of IEA work, such as contributions to agency briefing materials, presentations and speaking notes; and
  • contributing to the organization of IEA activities, in particular work with member governments, industry, and international processes.
Supervising Office

Department to be decided based on skills of selected candidate 

Application Requirements

Required Skills

  • strong quantitative skills, including spreadsheet analysis and database management;
  • good knowledge of the energy sector;
  • 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.

Advantageous Skills

  • training in finance, engineering, 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 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).

The application deadline has been extended to January 11th at noon.

**Start and end dates are not fixed. 

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**