Energy Policy Intern

CLASP seeks an Energy Policy Intern to conduct research, perform data analysis, write policy memos, and more for our energy efficiency programs and projects, principally in Brazil.

Location: Washington, DC; Maryland; or Virginia

About the Organization

CLASP focuses on appliance & equipment energy performance and quality, to mitigate and adapt to climate change, expand access to clean energy, and improve lives. We serve at the epicenter of collaborative, ambitious efforts to mitigate climate change and in the global movement for clean energy access, through appliance efficiency.

CLASP has worked in more than 100 countries since our inception in 1999. We have offices in Washington, DC; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India, with additional teams in Europe, China, and Indonesia. We are mission-driven and committed to a culture of diversity, transparency, collaboration, and impactful work. See our Team Page to learn more about us.

CLASP’s Climate Team

CLASP’s Climate program supports ambitious efforts to mitigate climate change through appliance and equipment energy efficiency. We work in partnership with policymakers and other key stakeholders in dozens of countries—from Brazil to Indonesia, the EU to China—with support from a diverse group of funders.

As our global portfolio continues to grow, we are expanding our team to ensure we can assist countries in meeting their climate goals and deliver ambitious energy and carbon emission reductions.

About the Role

The Intern will support the CLASP Climate team plan and execute our global portfolio of product energy efficiency programs and projects in Brazil. The Intern will work in CLASP’s Washington office, conducting research, data analysis, and other tasks to contribute to the creation of quality outputs such as reports, memos, and presentations that support the advancement of our global portfolio of energy efficiency projects.

Key Responsibilities

The exact assignment(s) will depend both on our needs and on your skills, expertise, and interest. For reference, potential projects could include:

  • Conduct research tasks, such as reviewing existing energy efficiency policies or collecting data on the status of markets for energy-consuming products.
  • Work with the project lead on data analysis, such as comparing policies with international best practices and modeling potential greenhouse gas emissions reductions from various policy scenarios.
  • Compile results from CLASP’s primary research in various countries and support market data collection to improve CLASP’s global policy modeling tools.
  • Draft quality project deliverables, including policy memos and articles based on research and market assessment reports.
  • Support program administration and coordination, such as organizing webinars or workshops and assist translation if needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy or a related quantitative field; may be either in progress or completed within the past 6 months (if in progress, entering final undergraduate year preferred)
  • Knowledge of energy efficiency policy and working/internship experience in this field is highly desirable.
  • Prior market and environmental policy research and analysis are highly desirable.
  • Experience with qualitative research methods and tools.
  • Excellent communication skills and proven ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to participate in teams that work collaboratively toward shared outcomes across programs and organizations across multiple time zones.
  • Professional fluency in English is required, and proficiency in Portuguese is highly desirable.

Compensation and Location

The internship will be paid at a rate of $22 per hour before taxes. Class credit may be available and will be provided in accordance with your university’s policy. This position can be based in places where CLASP is already legally registered: DC, Maryland, or Virginia. Working in the office is required at least once a month.

This internship will last about six months or 1 semester, with a flexible start and end date. While full-time internships are preferred, this position is also open for exceptional part-time applicants (20 hours per week at a minimum). In your cover letter, please indicate your availability (hours/week) and timeframe (desired start/end dates).

The Application Process

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter via email. Please direct all applications and inquiries to

When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume and leave your degree as is; simplify it to “B.A. Economics,” for example. Just remember to remove any undergraduate and graduate school name references where possible. This “bias-reduced” process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g., where you went to school).

This position will remain open until filled.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. CLASP complies with all federal, state and local employment law in the countries we operate and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, disability, political affiliation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, genetic information, military or protected veteran status, credit information or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. Each person is evaluated based on personal skill and merit. CLASP’s policy regarding equal employment opportunity applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, job assignments, promotions, working conditions, scheduling, benefits, wage and salary administration, disciplinary action, termination, and social, educational, and recreational programs.


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